There is no way to determine the average settlement for a herniated disc car accident claim. This is due to the fact that there is no central repository for injury settlement information. In fact, few personal injury settlements ever become public information.
The lack of publicly available settlement information does not mean you will be unable to determine what your own claim might be worth. With the guidance of our injury attorney, you could obtain a well-reasoned estimate of your settlement value.
The Value of a Herniated Disc Claim
Not every herniated disc injury is created equal. Some of these injuries come with a relatively bright prognosis, while others are entirely inoperable. For that reason, the potential settlement of one herniated disc claim could vary dramatically from another.
What’s more, every claim is made up of different types of damages. While medical bills are often the initial focus of a personal injury lawsuit, there are many other types of compensation you might be entitled to recover following a herniated disc. In general, these damages are considered either economic or non-economic damages.
Economic damages are the measurable losses that stem from your herniated disc. These damages are considered measurable because documentary evidence, like bills or receipts, could establish their value down to the dollar. There is nothing subjective about this form of compensation as you are largely seeking to recoup out-of-pocket expenses.
Medical bills are the most commonly pursued type of economic compensation in a personal injury lawsuit. According to Mayo Clinic, herniated discs could require costly treatments like physical therapy or even surgery. However, these bills won’t tell the whole story if your injury continues to linger. You have the right to seek compensation for not only your prior medical bills but also your future medical costs as well.
Medical bills are not the only form of economic losses you could pursue due to a herniated disc. With the help of your lawyer, you could also seek damages for your lost wages. Again, this includes not only the wages that were lost prior to the lawsuit but also any future wages you expect to miss out on, as well.
Subjective losses are referred to as non-economic damages. This form of compensation is designed for losses that cannot be measured through documentary evidence or other subjective ways.
Pain and suffering are the most common forms of non-economic damages. The compensation for your physical agony due to a herniated disc can be difficult to quantify, but a lawyer from our firm can help you calculate what fair compensation would look like. They may apply one of two methods to assign a dollar value to this non-economic loss.
Factors That Could Impact Your Settlement
Different factors could impact the amount of your settlement. Some of these factors include:
- Insurance coverage. You could expect the potential for a larger settlement if the at-fault party is covered by liability insurance. If you were injured by someone without insurance, they are likely to have fewer assets available to pay on your claim.
- Whether you sought medical attention. Sometimes, an insurer may claim that you contributed to your injuries by failing to seek out or follow through with medical care. This is why it is important to see a doctor and undergo any necessary treatment. You want to help your claim for compensation, and you will want to heal your injuries as much as possible.
- The severity of the injury. Relatively minor injuries generally settle fast but are worth less money overall. Alternatively, severe injuries have the potential to result in major settlements but are more likely to take time to resolve.
Affording Legal Representation
Some victims of herniated discs fear the costs of hiring legal representation. Luckily, our firm works on a contingency-fee basis, meaning we do not charge you any up-front fees to start your case. Consultations are obligation-free, so there is no risk in determining what your potential settlement could look like.
Additionally, we only take our payment if we can secure a settlement or court-awarded offer in your favor. We advocate for victims of negligence, and we aim for you to suffer no further losses as a result of your injuries.
Work With an Attorney on Your Herniated Disc Case
An attorney cannot give you accurate figures for the average settlement for a herniated disc car accident claim. That said, an attorney from our firm can evaluate your claim and help you understand what your case could be worth. While we can never guarantee success, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
The attorneys of Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are proud to advocate for injury victims like you. If you have questions about your legal rights after suffering a herniated disc in a car accident, our team has the answers. Call (404) 888-8888 for your free consultation today.