Car accident back injuries encompass a wide variety of trauma. Specifically, disc injuries can have various outcomes. In a worst-case scenario, you can suffer a debilitating injury that could require you to undergo multiple surgical procedures, and you may still never fully recover. Each back injury is different; therefore, each settlement is different.
In addition, you are not an average claimant either. You have your life before the injury and things you may miss. Back injuries affect people in different ways. Some people may be more predisposed to suffering a severe injury because of a prior condition. In a personal injury case, the rule is that the responsible party must pay for the total damages they have caused, no matter what the injured person’s condition was before the accident.
The size of your back injury settlement depends on you and how you have suffered since the car accident. Everything begins with the severity of your injury. Your doctor will examine you and provide a diagnosis that is documented in your medical records. They will then start to treat your back injury in the hopes that you will recover to the fullest extent possible.
Once you reach the point of maximum medical improvement (MMI), you will file a claim with the insurance company or file a lawsuit in court. Then, your injury would be valued based on the costs that you have incurred and the suffering that you are enduring.
You Can Receive Economic Damages Based on What You Have Lost
Your economic costs of the injury depend on how much money you would have to spend on medical expenses, both now and in the future. Back injuries can cost a lot of money, lost wages, and if you need surgery to treat your injury. If you had a physical job before your injury, your lost wages may be even higher than someone who earns more because your injury could keep you from doing your job.
The same principle applies to non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering. You could have suffered a serious back injury that leaves you in constant discomfort. Back injuries can completely rob you of your quality of life. The insurance company will treat you as an “average” claimant in back injury cases by trying to use objective formulas to quantify your injuries. You should hire a lawyer to help you fight for a full and fair settlement after your car accident.
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