Average Settlement For Car Accident Neck And Back Injury
Injuring your back or neck in a car accident can lead to many large medical bills. You might need a lot of compensation to pay for all of your medical care. Your back and/or neck pain can disable you and have a huge effect on your everyday life, and to make things worse, despite this, insurance companies might still doubt your injuries are as bad as you say. A back or neck injury can strongly affect how you are able to move your body. Exercising or playing with your children can be difficult or impossible after a back or neck injury, and even simple everyday chores can be complicated by the need to bend over or reach for things.
You should consider hiring expert personal injury lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen if an everyday trip in your car has turned into a nightmare. It wasn’t your fault that you got in a car accident and it’s not fair that you’ve suffered a neck or back injury. The only way to make things fair is to be compensated fairly for your injuries.
You can secure your future finances and preserve your right to be compensated for your injuries by having a free consultation with one of our back and neck injury lawyers as soon as possible after being in a car accident. The insurance companies won’t pay you what you deserve for your injuries if you don’t have a lawyer, and you could end up with a lifetime of medical bills you can’t afford if you don’t obtain adequate compensation.
What Is The Average Back Or Neck Injury Settlement For Car Accidents?
Unfortunately, there is no true average settlement for a back or neck injury sustained in a car accident. No two car accident cases are the same. The settlement you’re entitled to after your neck or back injury depends on the individual circumstances of your accident, and many factors can impact the size of your ultimate settlement.
Factors such as what evidence exists as well as the severity of your injury can affect how much money you receive in a settlement. The ways your injury affect your quality of life, whether you were permanently disabled, whether chronic pain and suffering have been the result of your injury, and whether you’ve been able to work since your injury are all factors in determining the size of any settlement you ultimately receive.
Our expert car accident attorneys work towards a singular goal: obtain for you the largest possible recovery after you’ve sustained a neck or back injury. Insurance companies, however, have the opposite goal: they want to pay you as little as they can, or even nothing at all.
You Need Strong Lawyers To Battle With The Insurance Companies
Neck and back injuries can have especially severe consequences, both in terms of finances and the impact on everyday life. They can cause you to be unable to work and saddle you with huge medical bills. With the stakes this high, you shouldn’t try to go it alone against the insurance companies unless you want to end up broke and in debt for the rest of your life.
The source of financial recovery for you after a car accident is going to be an insurance company in almost every case. The thing is, insurance companies will simply not pay you what you deserve for your injuries if you are not represented by a lawyer.
Not being represented by a lawyer sends a loud, clear message to the insurance companies: you cannot beat them in court. Since taking them to court is your only real recourse in the event insurance companies decide not to pay you what you deserve for your injury, insurance companies will do exactly that if you don’t have a lawyer: they won’t pay you what you deserve. They will do this because they will always prioritize their own profit over your well-being and they know you can’t do anything about it without a lawyer. They can afford expensive corporate lawyers who you will not stand a chance against in court.
That’s not the only reason you need a lawyer to get a good settlement, though: you need experienced lawyers to communicate with the insurance companies for you. The reason why is insurance adjusters are trained experts at tricking people into saying things that imply their own fault in an accident, or imply their injuries aren’t as severe as they claim. This is the adjusters’ job. Their job is to pay you as little possible and they will not hesitate to resort to manipulating you into incriminating yourself. They are very good at this: they can even get you to say things that imply you are at fault for an accident that you are not actually at fault for. All it takes is one little slip-up on the phone with an insurance adjuster and suddenly the settlement you’re eligible for is cut in half, or worse.
Hiring strong, experienced car accident lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen also sends a loud, clear message to the insurance companies: you are represented by a law firm with a 30+ year track record of success in court, an insurance company will not be able to beat you in court, and an insurance company will not be able to trick you into incriminating yourself. It is our long track record of success in court which leads to almost every case we accept being settled out of court for every penny our clients deserve. Insurance companies know it is a waste of time and money to take us on in court, so they give our clients what they deserve in a settlement to avoid expensive legal fees.
What Impacts The Size Of My Neck Or Back Injury Settlement?
Multiple factors can impact the size of your neck or back injury settlement. Because of this, what you end up receiving can differ greatly from the average neck or back injury settlement. What your individual case is worth is far more important than what the average settlement is.
The settlement you ultimately receive will be unique to your particular case. No two cases will ever be completely identical.
Factors that can impact the size of your back or neck injury settlement include:
- The percentage of fault attributed to the other driver
- The percentage of fault attributed to you
- The nature of your injury
- The severity of your injury
- The policy limits of the other driver’s insurance policy
- The negotiation skill of your lawyer
Your lawyer’s skill in negotiating is one of the main factors in determining the size of your settlement. Insurance companies may claim your injuries aren’t as severe as you claim, or that you had pre-existing neck or back injuries. These claims will be used to try to pay you less.
Our lawyers have been dealing with these tactics for decades and know just how to combat them. We are experienced at working with medical providers to prove to insurance companies that your accident caused your injuries or made your existing injuries worse. We are experts at gathering evidence to prove liability and the severity of your injuries through such means as obtaining statements from witnesses, obtaining police reports, obtaining medical reports and obtaining traffic footage.
The policy limits of the at-fault driver’s insurance policy is another huge factor regarding the ultimate size of any settlement you recover. Unfortunately, you can only recover as much money as the policy limits unless you sue a defendant directly or bring an injury claim against another at-fault party. Our attorneys are experts at finding every possible at-fault party to obtain the largest settlement possible, and have decades of experience in litigation if we need to file a lawsuit. We won’t back down from a difficult battle in court when it comes to fighting for our clients.
California is a comparative negligence state, so you may be able to obtain a recovery for your injuries even if you are partially at fault for your accident, so long as someone else is also partially at fault for your accident. The way it works in California is this: if you are deemed 30 percent at fault for your own accident, the damages you recover in an injury case are simply reduced by 30 percent at the end of the case. It is especially important that you hire a personal injury lawyer if you were partially at fault for an accident, as skilled lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen can make sure your percentage of fault for an accident is reduced as much as possible at the end of a case.
Why Seek A Recovery After Suffering A Back Or Neck Injury?
You will probably receive a settlement offer from an insurance company very soon after your car accident. You may be very tempted to accept it, as you may already be facing huge medical bills and be unable to work. However, it will almost certainly be a low-ball offer and inadequate for your needs. In addition, you’ll probably be in the hospital on pain medications which can impact your judgment, meaning it’s not a good time for you to be making rash, impulsive decisions like accepting the first offer that comes your way.
The true value of a neck or back injury settlement cannot be determined until you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), or the point at which medical treatment will no longer improve your condition. Thus, any settlement offer given to you before you reach MMI will almost certainly be much smaller than what you will actually need to be fully compensated for your injuries. Accepting a settlement offer before you reach MMI could lead to you facing a lifetime of medical bills with no hope of being compensated for them.
Back and neck injuries can prevent you from working as well, which can compound the problem of facing huge medical bills. Neck and back injuries can even make desk jobs and driving difficult or impossible.
Accountability is important as well. You shouldn’t have to pay for medical bills if your injuries are the result of another driver’s negligence. You may just make sure the driver who caused your injuries will never drive negligently again by holding them accountable for your injuries.
You cannot just immediately go back to normal in your life after a severe car accident. Back or neck pain can stick with you for a long time after your injury; possibly for the rest of your life. Seeking a recovery for your back or neck injury is your chance to seek legal action against the driver whose negligence caused your injury.
Most personal injury lawyers, like Nadrich & Cohen, are contingency fee lawyers. This means that no fee is charged until and unless financial compensation is recovered for you; in other words, you don’t pay a penny if your lawyers don’t win. This means you have nothing to lose by seeking a recovery with a car accident attorney, but everything to lose by not seeking a recovery.
What Damages Can I Be Compensated For In A Back Or Neck Injury Settlement?
Our expert car accident attorneys can help you seek financial compensation after a car accident in California. We have been representing car accident victims since 1990 and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in that time. You may be eligible to be compensated for:
- Past and future medical bills
- Long-term treatments and care
- The cost of rehabilitation
- Lost future earnings
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Disability, whether it be temporary or permanent
- Loss of consortium
The best way to obtain compensation for these damages and successfully settle with an insurance company after injuring your back or neck in a car accident is to hire the expert personal injury law firm of Nadrich & Cohen. We can fight tirelessly to preserve your legal rights and obtain the largest possible recovery for you.
We won’t roll over and give up if an insurance company fights back against us; we’ll simply fight back even harder. We will represent you in court to obtain the recovery you’re entitled to under the law if need be, but almost all of our cases settle out of court because of our reputation of success.
What Types Of Back And Neck Injuries Can I Pursue A Settlement For?
You need a firm mental grasp of your injuries and the effect they will have on your present and future life in order to win an injury case and obtain a neck or back injury settlement.
We often don’t realize how important our back and neck are until they are injured. We can’t lift objects or turn our head without a healthy neck and back. Car accidents can lead to severe back and neck pain for the rest of your life.
You can injure your back or neck in a car accident, motorcycle accident or slip and fall accident. You can even injure your neck or back at work or while simply walking through a store. Many different neck and back injuries need medical treatment.
Sprained necks often occur in rear-end car accidents. Sprains are when ligaments or muscles get stretched, and they can be very painful. Sprained necks are sometimes called whiplash and can make it very hard to turn your head.
Neck sprain pain can be experienced in other parts of the body, too, like the shoulders. You may also experience numbness in your hands, dizziness, or ringing ears if you have suffered a neck sprain.
It’s important to immediately seek medical attention if you think you’ve suffered a neck sprain in order to rule out an injury to your spine. Daily activities and sleeping can both be made difficult by a neck sprain. You may require physical therapy, a neck brace and/or medication after a neck sprain.
Injury To Your Spinal Cord
Spinal cord injuries are, unfortunately, a common result of car accidents. The spinal cord contains nerves that run up and down the spine. These nerves are incredibly sensitive and you may be left unable to control various organs if these nerves are damaged.
If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury in a car accident, you may be left with disabling symptoms like loss of limb control, lost strength or sensory issues. Damage to the spinal cord can result from a car accident’s force, vertebrae being moved, or broken vertebrae slivers.
Rubbery, soft discs are located in between the vertebrae in your spine. These discs are cushions which can herniate or rupture, pushing through your vertebrae. This can cause pressure on your nerves, leading to neck or back pain.
Numbness, tingling and pain can severely impact your everyday life. Ruptured disc removal surgery is sometimes needed after suffering a herniated disc.
Your cervical bones in your neck are also known as vertebrae and are known as the C1 through C7 bones. These bones protect your spinal cord, allow your neck to move, and support your neck.
Patients need to be immobilized by first responders when a cervical fracture is suspected. Your injuries can be assessed after you are stabilized in order to find out how many breaks there are and where they are. You may require surgery, traction or a neck brace for treatment, depending on how severe your injury is.
You may require months of rehabilitation and physical therapy and, unfortunately, cervical fractures can sometimes lead to permanent injury.
Breaking your back can be one of the most painful injuries you can suffer. A broken back needs to be diagnosed by a medical provider with a CT scan or MRI.
Recovering from a broken back can take years. Broken backs may need surgery and lead to permanent injury.
What Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Do For Me?
A personal injury lawyer can advocate for your best interests while keeping you up to date on your case’s progress. The first step for any lawyer is to determine whether you have a valid case, so call Nadrich & Cohen today for a free consultation to see if you have a valid case.
It’s important to seek representation as soon as possible because there are strict time limits for filing personal injury lawsuits in California. Hiring a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can means your lawyer can decide your best course of action as soon as possible.
Most personal injury lawyers, like Nadrich & Cohen, offer free case evaluations, so you have nothing to lose by exploring what options you have. You may be pressured by family and friends to accept the initial offer from the insurance company, but our expert personal injury lawyers can almost always obtain far more money for you than an insurance company’s initial offer.
We can negotiate with the insurance companies for you, ensure that any necessary paperwork is filed quickly and in-time, and handle every legal burden for you. We can fight tirelessly for you and explore every available option to obtain an adequate out-of-court settlement for you, but we’re not afraid to go to court to obtain what you deserve if we need to.
Call Us Today For A Free Consultation
You shouldn’t have to go it alone against the insurance companies. The legal process is long and tiring and doing it all yourself is the last thing you should be doing after suffering a neck or back injury in a car accident. You should focus on recovering from your injuries while expert personal injury lawyers like Nadrich & Cohen handle communications and negotiations with insurance companies, court filings and more. We have been successfully obtaining financial compensation for back and neck injury victims for over 30 years.
Your case will be in the right hands with Nadrich & Cohen. Call us today at 800-718-4658 or text us from this page. There are strict time limits to file a claim in California, so act now!