Average Settlement for Car Accident Back and Neck Injury
Car accidents are traumatic events, even at low speeds. After being struck, a driver or passenger can suffer serious back or neck injuries that can require extensive medical care and rehabilitation. Few people have the resources necessary to pay for all of this care, so they investigate whether they qualify for a settlement.
How much can you receive? Many people want to know the “average” settlement, though back and neck injuries can differ markedly. As our Los Angeles car accident attorneys tell people, mild whiplash might only be worth a few thousand dollars. Damage to the vertebrae, by contrast, could require tens of thousands of dollars in medical care and an equal amount in lost wages.
Instead of calculating “averages” let’s take a deep dive into what factors come into play when negotiating a favorable settlement. These should give you some idea of how much you might receive in a car accident settlement.
MEDICAL CARE AND OTHER EXPENSES
If you were not to blame for the accident, then you should not have to shoulder the financial expenses associated with your injuries. Under California law, the driver at fault for the crash should pay compensation to cover a victim’s:
- Medical bills, including rehabilitation, prescription drugs, and any devices, like a back or neck brace
- Lost wages, when a motorist cannot work because of an injury
- Damage to the vehicle and any other property
These kinds of “hard” economic expenses are pretty easy to calculate. Take all medical bills, pay stubs, and receipts to your Los Angeles car accident lawyer to review. Unless you were partly to blame for the crash, you should receive 100% (or close to 100%) of these amounts.
PAIN AND SUFFERING (INTANGIBLE LOSSES)
A car accident settlement for a neck or back injury should do more than help you pay the bills. You can also receive money to make up for the pain and suffering and other intangible losses that you have endured. In California, you can receive money for:
- Physical pain
- Negative emotions like depression, anxiety, grief, or embarrassment
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Physical disability
It is more challenging to put a price tag on these losses. For example, because of a back injury, you might be unable to go for walks with your wife or play golf. Your pain could also make it next to impossible to sleep peacefully at night. Receiving money cannot make up for this reduction in the quality of your life, but money is what you can get in a lawsuit.
Your attorney should help you calculate the amount you can receive. Very generally, the more serious your physical injuries, then the more money you can receive in non-economic damages. But everything depends on the particulars of your back or neck injury.
If you’ve suffered a back or neck injury, you should meet with an attorney right away. At El Dabe Ritter Trial Lawyers, one of our Los Angeles car accident lawyers will meet with you to discuss your situation. Please contact us right away to schedule a free case evaluation.
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