Even when other accident victims suffer similar injuries, the outcome of your case could vary dramatically. For this reason, there is no “average” settlement in a car accident claim.
The unique details of your accident, the specific injuries you suffered, the treatments you needed, and the expenses and losses you experienced will all inform the potential value of your case. If you work with a lawyer from our team to file your insurance claim, they will gather proof of your losses and explain what a fair settlement might look like in your case.
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Understanding the Possible Settlement Range of Your Claim
Many traffic accident victims opt to partner with a personal injury attorney because our law firm will investigate their collision and gather evidence to support their claim. As a part of this, we will also collect items to prove your expenses and losses.
Recoverable expenses in your case could include:
- Your ambulance ride and emergency department care
- Your medical bills
- Predicted future medical treatment needs
- Income losses
- Reduced future income
- Additional costs
- Pain and suffering damages
Our attorneys will document each of these expenses to build an argument for fair compensation. Some types of proof common in car accident cases include:
- Medical bills
- Relevant medical records
- Expert medical witness statements
- Income statements and proof of time away from work
- Documentation of how your injuries affected your everyday life
Using the Evidence to Negotiate a Fair Settlement in a Car Accident Case
Settlement agreements with the at-fault driver’s insurer generally occur following negotiations. The legal team representing the victim calculates a range where they believe a fair settlement should fall.
They present their demand and the evidence to support it to the insurer, which usually counteroffers. This back-and-forth could continue until both sides agree on a fair and just settlement.
A personal injury lawsuit may be necessary if they cannot agree on a settlement amount.
Shoulder Injuries can Cause Significant Time Away from Work, Especially the Following Surgery
Car accidents can cause many types of shoulder injuries, including injuries to the soft tissue, bones, and other structures that make up the joint. In most cases, shoulder injuries will require at least an X-ray to diagnose.
Many of these injuries will only require pain management, ice or heat, and restful time away from work and other strenuous activities. Others need surgical repairs.
Most sprains and strains need only conservative management and monitoring, according to Harvard Medical School. However, you may have undergone surgery for more serious sprains or injuries that include:
- Torn rotator cuff
- Shoulder impingement
- Shoulder dislocation
- Labral tears
- Fractures of the humerus, scapula, or collarbone
Following surgery, you will likely need rehabilitation and physical therapy. Some people may have lasting injuries that prevent them from returning to work even months later.
All of these costs add up quickly, but they should be recoverable if you can show:
- The other driver acted negligently
- Their actions directly caused the crash and your injuries
- You suffered physical and financial harm
You will also need receipts, bills, and other proof of the costs and losses you incurred.
A Car Accident Lawyer may be Able to Help with No Upfront Expenses
If you suffered shoulder injuries and underwent surgery following a car accident, you may want to consider working with an attorney from our team. You should not have to worry about your legal case. Our lawyers will allow you to worry only about your physical injuries while taking care of the rest.
You must take legal action quickly in your case. The sooner you enlist the help of a lawyer from our firm, the more available proof there may be to document fault in your accident. Some evidence is short-lived, such as:
- Witness availability and memory
- Surveillance video of the accident
- Dashcam video of the accident
- The damage to each vehicle
There are also deadlines for filing a civil lawsuit in these cases, but some circumstances can significantly reduce how long you can wait.
Our personal injury law firm represents clients on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you will not need to pay anything upfront. We will also discuss your case with you for free. You should not need to pay a retainer to gain representation for filing your insurance claim.
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