Sometimes, when a client accepts money from an insurance company, they have to sign something called a “confidentiality clause.” This prohibits them from sharing the value of their settlement with others. So, without having all information on hand, it can be difficult to know the average settlement for back pain after a car accident.
What Information Contributes to Your Case’s Worth?
Each car accident case’s value is determined on a case-by-case basis. The value of your case must be supported with information, such as:
- Your medical records
- Your medical bills, including those for assistive devices
- Your personal testimony
- Statements from your healthcare team
- Traffic camera footage
- The police report
- Testimony from economists and accident reconstruction specialists
- Your property damage receipts
- Information about your car’s diminished resale value
Our firm can also look at the results of cases similar to yours to determine its value. We are no strangers to the legal process, and we can determine whether any settlement offer is fair.
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How is Pain and Suffering Calculated?
Every insurer has a different way of calculating pain and suffering. Some insurance companies determine this expense based on your missed time from work. Other companies use the length of your recovery period.
In general, the following factors will influence the value of your pain and suffering:
- The nature of your condition
- Whether you can maintain employment
- Your long-term mobility and independence
- The cost of your injury-related losses
- Your quality of life and mental health
- Whether you lost a child or spouse
Pain and suffering is considered a “non-economic damage,” meaning that it does not come with an inherent financial value. Georgia does not place a limit on how much you can seek for pain and suffering.
What are Other Examples of Non-Economic Damages?
Other examples of non-economic losses include:
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of parental guidance and household benefits
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
You may be eligible for other types of losses, depending on the severity of your injuries.
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How Long do You Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit?
You generally have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit in Georgia, per OCGA §9-3-33. This is the deadline for filing a lawsuit – not a claim. The liable insurer will have its own set of deadlines for filing claims.
By filing your lawsuit on time, you give yourself the chance to pursue damages through the court system. Most personal injury cases don’t go to court, but understanding this filing deadline is crucial.
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How Can You Protect Your Right to Seek Compensation?
You start building your claim from the moment it happens. The smallest misstep could prevent you from recovering damages.
To support the true value of your case, you should:
- Complete your recommended medical treatment
- Attend physical therapy or mental health counseling (if advised)
- Refrain from giving a recorded statement
- Stay off social media
- Keep a daily log of your pain levels and emotional state
Our team can recommend other measures.
Why Work with Our Georgia Law Firm on Your Back Injury Case?
There are three reasons why our law firm can serve your legal needs:
We Have Successfully Recovered Damages in the Past
We have decades of experience helping injured people. Some of our cases’ outcomes include:
- $11 million award for a car accident claimant
- $5.75 million for a collision caused by a roadway defect
- $4.3 million in compensatory damages for a drunk driving accident
- $2.7 million award for our claimant who was injured in a bar fight
Our results speak for themselves. We know what goes into building a successful case, and we rise to meet any challenge.
We Work on a Contingency-Fee-Basis
Our law firm does not require payment to get started on your case. You only pay our attorney’s fees if we secure compensation. From there, we take payment from your settlement or court award.
Don’t dig into your own savings to pay for a lawyer. Let our team handle your case at no up-front cost.
We Can Determine how Negligence Affects Your Situation
If you partially caused your collision, you can still seek damages, per OCGA §51-12-33. However, your role in the accident will reduce your final settlement. So, if you caused 20 percent of the crash, you may only recover 80 percent of your damages.
Our team can determine whether you were assigned an appropriate level of fault. This is crucial to recovering fair compensation in your case.
In Pain? Reach Out to Kaine Law
So, there is no average settlement for back pain after a car accident. Our team can review your case’s prospects and explain the potential value of your case. To begin a free consultation with our firm, call today.