Injuries come in all shapes and sizes. While a small cut or bruise is usually no cause for concern, larger injuries can disrupt your entire life and even jeopardize your future.
Neck and back injuries are common, but they can be extremely dangerous. Your spinal cord is integral to your body’s functions and health. If your spinal cord or the surrounding areas are damaged, it can have far-reaching implications for your health and happiness.
Unfortunately, neck and back injuries are common in car accidents. The movement of most collisions can easily cause whiplash, muscle spasms, and even paralysis. If you have been in a car accident, it is important to understand your rights under the law and how you can seek compensation for any neck and back injuries you acquire.
If you are injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. These cases cannot undo the pain and suffering you have endured. However, they can help you pay your medical bills and recover financially from your accident.
The average personal injury settlement in Florida is between $300,000 and $650,000. This amount of money is significant and can help your family stay financially sound while you recover from your injuries. It is worth noting that your settlement will depend upon the severity of your injuries and the level of negligence that the other driver exhibited. Because neck and back injuries are often serious, you may be able to earn more in your settlement.
The key to all personal injury cases is negligence. Without negligence, the accident or injury may be a mutual mistake, an act of nature, or an unavoidable accident. However, if one individual acted negligently, they can be held responsible for the damage that they caused.
Proving negligence is your burden as the prosecutor in a civil case. Your attorney will help you assemble the proper evidence to prove your case. Some key pieces of evidence include:
There may be other pieces of evidence that are key in your case. If you can obtain or preserve the above pieces of evidence while at the scene of the accident, you should do so. This can help ensure that you have the evidence you need to win your case. Evidence can easily be destroyed or washed away if you wait to look for it.
It is always important to hire an attorney for your personal injury cases, especially when serious injuries to your neck and back are involved. These cases can be complicated, regardless of how obvious the situation may seem to you. Proving your case can be a challenge, especially without the proper training and experience. You will likely lose if you choose to represent yourself.
While your case is progressing, you will be healing from your back and neck injuries. It is important to get as much rest and relaxation as possible during this time to promote healing. If you add the stress of running your own case, you will only impede your progress and make it difficult to heal properly. It is not worth risking your long-term health to save a small amount in attorney fees.
Your attorney can negotiate better terms for your settlement, meaning that you are likely to get a better settlement if you have an attorney representing you. When you are facing significant medical bills and expenses, you do not want to risk losing any key support.
A: The amount you get for a neck and back injury depends on the severity of your injury. A minor injury can earn anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000. However, the average settlement for a personal injury case is between $300,000 and $650,000. Since your neck and back are so integral to your body’s health, you are more likely to get a large settlement for these injuries than you would for an injury in other areas.
A: Whiplash injuries typically earn between $10,000 and $20,000 in compensation. However, whiplash can easily be dangerous or even lethal, so it is entirely possible to get more than the average in your settlement. Severe cases of whiplash will earn more money than minor ones. If you have proof that the accident gave you a serious case of whiplash, you can get a significant amount of money.
A: Florida does not have a cap on pain and suffering compensation unless medical malpractice is involved. However, many cases are not eligible for pain and suffering compensation. You will likely only get this kind of compensation if the person who harmed you acted particularly egregiously or maliciously to cause the injury or if the injury is especially gruesome. Many people do not get pain and suffering compensation.
A: Four years. However, it is always best to file your claim as soon as you realize that you are injured. The longer you wait, the more grounds the opposition will have to say that you obtained your injury elsewhere and are blaming it on the car accident. The less time between your injury and your claim, the less chance they will have to make these claims. Call an attorney as soon as you realize that you are injured.
For many years, our team has been helping victims of personal injuries in the Florida area. We know how intimidating these cases can be, and we are here to use our expertise to support you during this stressful time. No matter your situation, we are here to make sure you have the best chance at a settlement.
Contact Badgley Law Group to learn more.