What Can I Expect In A Settlement Amount For A Lower Back Injury In Georgia?
If you have suffered a lower back injury as the result of an accident in Georgia, you may not know how much to expect in a settlement amount. Determining how much you should receive for your injuries can prove to be a difficult process, which is why it is a good idea to hire an attorney to help you with your case.
Contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible may make all the difference when it comes to receiving a fair settlement. The lawyers at Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC can help you get the best result for your case. After one phone call with a member of our team, you will rest easier knowing you are in the hands of an expert who cares about getting you what you deserve. Plus, the initial consultation is free.
The More Severe The Injury, The Larger The Settlement
Your ability to receive compensation in the eyes of the law, and how much, is based on the extent of your injuries. The typical rule is that the more severe the injury, the larger the settlement. In any case, one of the first factors that must be addressed is how your accident has physically affected your day-to-day life.
Compare a soft tissue lower back injury with more severe damage to the spinal cord. With the first injury, you may require only a handful of doctor visits and a few trips to the physical therapist before your discomfort starts to resolve. However, severe spinal cord damage will, more than likely, require several specialist visits, which can cause you to miss work.
Not only that, but you may also suffer months or even years of intense physical therapy with no guarantee of returning to the quality of life you enjoyed before your injury. Your compensation should, therefore, include the medical costs you have already incurred, along with any possible future medical costs as well.
It is important to note that your physical status before your injury can also affect your compensation. If you have a history of lower back pain, for example, the insurance company may use this as a way to reduce the settlement they offer. They may argue that you cannot possibly know for sure whether your pain was preexisting or a direct result of the accident.
If you have a preexisting condition, and then you end up in an accident, it is a good idea for you to retain a car accident lawyer. The lawyer will be able to review your case and help you isolate your “new” pain from your “old” pain so both the insurance company and the court will be able to see the difference.
Impact Beyond Medical Costs
Your injury may have disrupted your everyday life more substantially than the occasional doctor visit. Because of this, medical costs are not the only compensation you may be able to seek after an accident.
If your injury affected your ability to work, you may be able to sue for lost wages. In addition to compensating you for time lost at your job, you also may be able to recoup for the loss of the opportunity to increase your earning potential. This includes the loss of a promotion or the increase in difficulty with respect to applying for jobs with higher wages.
If your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence, the state of Georgia allows you to seek punitive damages against that individual. Punitive damages punish the other driver and discourage him from engaging in similar behavior in the future. For example, if the other driver ran a red light while texting and caused your accident, you may be able to seek additional money to punish the driver for his negligence.
When seeking punitive damages against a negligent driver, the insurance company is likely to put some blame on you for the accident. If they are successful, this could reduce your settlement amount. An experienced lawyer can see right through this and help you prove your case so you can qualify for the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Have You Suffered A Lower Back Injury In An Accident And Are Considering A Settlement? Call Us!
If you suffer a lower back injury as the result of a car accident in the state of Georgia, you may be considering accepting a settlement. While it is tempting to take one lump sum and be rid of the headache of an accident claim, you may end up settling for way less than you deserve. You need a lawyer with decades of experience to help you navigate the complexities of your personal injury case, and Prieto, Marigliano, Holbert & Prieto, LLC is that firm.
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