There is no average settlement value for concussions caused by car accidents. As such, most cases are resolved via insurance settlements, which are confidential. Consequently, there is no database that keeps track of car accident settlements.
Car accident cases are calculated based on their details, and these accidents can vary from one case to the next. Your case stands alone. Even the outcomes of cases similar to yours will not dictate its value.
What Determines the Value of Your Car Accident Settlement?
Your case’s value depends on the severity of your injuries and the cost of your financial damages. It also depends on:
Whether You Will Need Long-Term Medical Care
Mayo Clinic notes that most concussions heal on their own within a few weeks. However, your injury could still require ongoing medical care to monitor and treat your condition. In that case, you may need to stay in a residential care facility or attend physical therapy.
Both of those things can be costly and add to the value of your car accident claim.
Whether You Can Continue to Work
If your concussion prevents you from working or causes you to take a lower-paying job, these details can be included in your case. If you require vocational training, these costs are also compensable.
Whether You will Have a Long-Term Disability
While concussions can heal on their own, you could be left with lingering pain, mental impairments, and other related issues. You could be compensated for the emotional and physical hardships of having a long-term disability.
Whether Your Injury Affected Your Relationship with Your Spouse
If your concussion negatively affected your relationship, you could qualify for “loss of consortium.” This damage aims to pay for the toll the accident had on your marriage.
You can partner with a lawyer from our firm who can calculate the value of your car accident case. While you can do these calculations on your own, a small error could cost you. Don’t let that happen – our team can handle it.
What Damages Could You Include in Your Car Accident Case?
Depending on the details of your case, you could be eligible to pursue the following:
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Lost income, tips, and bonuses
- Employee benefits and promotional opportunities
- Property damage expenses
- Transportation costs
- Disability, scarring, and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
You could qualify for other types of losses depending on the details of your situation.
Evidence Must Support Your Case’s Value
The following information can prove the value of your injury-related expenses:
- Your employment records, which may detail how much time you missed from work, how much you were making before getting hurt, and the nature of your profession
- Your medical bills, which should account for your x-rays, imaging scans, and medical history
- Receipts from any injury-related losses
- Testimony from a mechanic attesting to the value of your repairs
- The details of the liable insurance policy
Can You Get More Money Through a Claim or Lawsuit?
It really depends. If you resolve your case via an insurance claim, you can only get up to the maximum policy’s limits. Per the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), drivers must carry $30,000 for one person’s injuries in an accident and $60,000 per accident. So, the maximum you could get under this policy is $60,000 for your injuries–even if your losses exceed that amount.
However, if you file a lawsuit, there’s no limit to what you can request. Our team can determine what path is right for you based on your case’s circumstances.
You Generally Have a Two-Year Period to File a Lawsuit
Even if you’re not sure whether your case merits a car accident lawsuit, it’s in your best interest to act within the state’s statute of limitations. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003 gives you two years to file your case.
Negotiations do not increase the deadline. You must file your case within this time frame to remain eligible for compensation–unless you qualify for an extension, albeit rare.
Our Firm Can Determine a Fair Value for Your Case
We’ve been helping people since 1988. Our wealth of knowledge, resources, and consultants could help you get a fair outcome. In addition to calculating the value of your case, we can also:
- File your case and all of its necessary paperwork
- Negotiate with the liable insurer
- Determine fault for your collision
- Refer to the liable policy during negotiations
- Investigate your accident
- Interview eyewitnesses and accident reconstruction specialists
- File your civil lawsuit if negotiations are not successful
We also work on a contingency-fee basis, so you pay nothing upfront for our help. Additionally, we only collect our attorney’s fees if we recover compensation for your damages.
Call in the Strong Arm Today
Loncar Lyon Jenkins has what it takes to resolve your case. By calling us today, you will enter into a free case review where you can ask us anything–including the average settlement values of concussions in car accidents. To begin, dial (800) 777-7777.