What is the average amount of a settlement for a car accident, in which I had minimal injuries? 19 Answers as of March 06, 2013

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Lapin Law Offices
Lapin Law Offices | Jeffrey Lapin
There is no "average amount of a settlement" for a car accident. Each case is different and dependent on its own facts. A person is entitled to be "compensated" for all injuries and damages they sustained in an accident. There are a number of factors that determine what a case is worth, including, but not limited to: the nature and extent of the injury; whether an injury is temporary or permanent; medical expenses; lost wages; and pain, suffering and inconvenience. If an injury is permanent, a person may be entitled to additional money for some or all of these items. You do not indicate what you injuries were, how long they bothered you, whether you received medical treatment, your medical expenses total, whether you lost any wages or any of the other items I would need to provide an estimate as to what your case might be worth. You may want to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your case. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free initial consultation so it will not cost you anything to get more information about your rights, options and what your case might be worth.
Answer Applies to: Nebraska
Replied: 3/6/2013
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
Are you serious? The value of a case depends on 1) the value of the injuries, and 2) on the extent of blame that the victim shares for the happening of the accident. In other words, there is no "average value" that applies to you. Your case is worth whatever you can prove, under the circumstances.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/21/2013
Law Office of Christian Menard
Law Office of Christian Menard | Christian Menard
There is no average settlement amount a each case is analyzed on a case by case basis. Without knowing the full nature and extent of your injuries it is impossible to say what a reasonable figure would be.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/7/2013
Ernst & Marko Law Firm
Ernst & Marko Law Firm | Jonathan Marko
It depends on the injuries. You cannot collect from the other driver usually unless you are seriously injured. You can collect, however, from your own insurer.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 2/6/2013
Law Office of Malosack Berjis
Law Office of Malosack Berjis | Malosack Berjis
Then settlement amount, in just about every personal injury case (including yours), really depends on several factors, which include (but, are not limited to) the following: the nature, extent & severity of injuries; the amount of medical bills & lost wages you have incurred; your age; and, so on. Using such information, your lawyer (that is, assuming that you have hired one to handle your case) should be able to give you some idea of the average personal injury settlement amount that individuals in cases, such as yours, would be entitled to. However, in the event that you have not hired an attorney to guide you with this matter, then I highly recommend that you do so (especially since an attorney is much more likely to get you a fair settlement amount than you, by yourself, are).
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 2/6/2013
    Adler Law Group, LLC
    Adler Law Group, LLC | Lawrence Adler
    With no real injury and limited medical treatment , probably less than $5000, but we need to know more about what injury and what treatment.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 2/6/2013
    Curry, Roby & Mulvey Co., LLC
    Curry, Roby & Mulvey Co., LLC | Bruce A. Curry
    You have not provided enough information to properly answer your question as each case is judged on its own merits.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 2/6/2013
    Gregory S. Shurman, LLC
    Gregory S. Shurman, LLC | Gregory S Shurman
    Every case is different, and the settlement value of your claim depends on many factors. One thing that remains true with all cases is the need for prompt action.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 2/6/2013
    Henry Lebensbaum | Henry Lebensbaum
    No such thing.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Durham Jones & Pinegar | Erven Nelson
    A lot depends on the extent of injuries, type of injuries (broken bones, soft tissue, sprains, whiplash), medical treatment received (chiropractic, medical, type of medications, surgeries, physical therapy), permanent disability, lost wages, whether the other driver was drunk, and the identity of the other driver's insurance company. That being said, a typical settlement will be around 2-3 times the total medical bills. I t cold be less if you did not get treatment soon and regularly, and it could be more if there are aggravating circumstances.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Christensen Law Group, PLLC
    Christensen Law Group, PLLC | D. Michael O'Neil, Jr.
    You should expect to receive compensation for property damage, out of pocket costs, medical bills, and lost employment income. Because of your "minimal injuries", you may not be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, or future medical costs.
    Answer Applies to: Oklahoma
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Kram & Wooster, P.S. | Richard H. Wooster
    There is no "average settlement." Each case turns on its own facts. An attorney with knowledge of the injuries and their impact upon your life is in the best position to advise you.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C.
    James E. Hasser, Jr. P.C. | Jim Hasser
    I get this question all the time, and the answer all the time is, "I don't know". Every case is different and must be evaluated on its own merits. You need to know how the accident happened and whose fault it was, the nature and extent of the injuries and the costs of past and future care, how much the property damage was, and whether there is insurance to collect it from. You are entitled to be paid for your injuries and for your car damage. Presuming the other guy was at fault and there is insurance, then the only question is how bad hurt you were. There is no magic number to figuring that. There is nothing written in granite in the law that tells you how much it is worth. That can be good and it can be bad, as in your case, because it sounds like you have a case where you were banged up a bit and that is it. Try and work something out with the adjuster. One word of caution, though. If your medical bills were paid for by a medical insurance company, they will probably want their money back. So keep that in mind when you are negotiating. If you decide to talk with a lawyer, talk to one familiar with Alabama accident law.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Jeff Holmes - Attorney at Law | Jeff Holmes
    There really is no "average settlement" for a car accident. Every case is distinctly different, and depends on the specific facts and injuries present. Your best bet would be to consult with a personal injury attorney to discuss your facts in more detail to get a better idea of what a potential settlement would look like.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Marvin Schulman | Marvin Schulman
    You may have a good case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Johnson & Johnson Law Firm, PLLC | Richard Johnson
    So, not a little tippy tapper rear ender. Did you have any medical evaluation or treatment? Did you lose any time from work? How long did you have any symptoms or limitations? The liability insurer for the car that ran you off the road wants to get a Release from you (or if it?s a hit and run, the Uninsured Motorist coverage insurer for the car you were in wants to settle with you). Start negotiating just as high as you can with a straight face, recognizing you are going to have to negotiate. IF you really had minimal very short term injuries, maybe you NET like $2,500 to 5K in your pocket after the medical bills / wage loss is paid.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 2/4/2013
    Maurice L. Abarr  Lawyer, Inc.
    Maurice L. Abarr Lawyer, Inc. | Maurice L. Abarr
    There really is no "average" for car wrecks with minimal injuries. . . largely because "minimal injuries" is so vague and uncertain. It all depends of force of impact that can be proven, the promptness within which medical treatment was sought, the credibility of the parties and the doctors reporting, the reasonableness of medical bills, and many other subjective factors.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 2/4/2013
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