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How Much Is My Personal Injury Case Worth?

car wreckThe average accident settlement is usually between $10,000 and $25,000, but certain cases can average $50,000 or even into the $100,000s, depending on the severity of the accident and injuries. 

In the article below, we go into detail explaining how to know what your accident case might be worth and also provide tips to increase the value of your settlement. However, every case is different. If you'd like a better idea of what your accident settlement is truly worth, contact our office directly. We're happy to hear the details of your case and let you know if the insurance company is giving you a fair offer, and how we can help. All calls are free and require zero obligation. 


Average Settlement Amounts

Rear-End Accidents

The average rear end accident settlement is between $8,000 and $25,000 and up. 

Rear-ended car accidents are some of the most common accident types we receive at the Anderson Law Firm. Many rear-ended accidents are caused by speeding, as was the case with our client who received $125,000 after being injured in a rear-ended accident.

Sideswipe Accidents

The average sideswipe accident settlement is between $10,000 and $25,000 and up. 

Sideswipe accidents can be very costly, depending on the point of impact, the speed the drivers were traveling and if anyone was injured. This was the case for our client who received a $300,000 settlement offer after being sideswiped by a drowsy driver.

Whiplash

The average whiplash settlement is between $3,000 and $10,000 and up. 

Car accidents involving head injuries can bring an array of settlement amounts, depending on the severity of the injury. For instance, one of our clients was awarded $125,000 after suffering a concussion in a car wreck.

Drunk Driving Accidents

The average drunk driving accident settlement is between $15,000 and $50,000 and up. 

When someone chooses to drive while intoxicated and wrecks, we make sure that the victim receives the care they deserve. Our drunk driving clients can receive significant settlement amounts, as was the case with our client who received a $330,000 settlement after being hit by a drunk driver.

Hit and Run Car Accidents

The average hit and run car accident settlement averages between $10,000 and $25,000 and up. 

Even though hit and run accidents may make the injured client believe that there are no options available, the reality is that there are many legal options we can take to win our clients the compensation they deserve. Settlement offers should completely cover medical bills and other accident-related expenses, such was the case with our client who received a $250,000 settlement.

Truck Wrecks

The average commercial truck wreck settlement averages between $50,000 and $100,000 and up. 

Commercial truck wrecks tend to cause bigger damages and injuries, given the size difference between commercial trucks and passenger cars. Injured victims of truck wrecks can expect large settlement amounts, as was the case with our client who received a $200,000 settlement for his medical bills

Motorcycle Wrecks

The average motorcycle wreck settlement averages between $15,000 and $100,000 and up. 

Motorcycle accidents tend to result in injury. For this reason, motorcyclists who have been injured can receive large settlement amounts, such as the case with our client who received a $250,000 settlement for his accident.

Wrongful Death

The average commercial truck wreck settlement can average into the $100,000s and up. 

Personal injury claims including wrongful death typically generate settlement offers from the lower to upper $100,000s. This is because there are many factors that come into play when a family member or loved one is wrongfully killed. 

Dog Bites

The average dog bite settlement averages $5,000 to $25,000 and up. 

Dog bite cases typically involve high medical bills and pain and suffering. It's common for dog bite victims to be awarded large settlement offers, as was the case to our client who was awarded $305,000 after being bit by a pit bull

Child Daycare Injuries

The average child daycare injury settlement averages $8,000 to $50,000 and up. 

Daycare injuries can be minor (scrapes and bruises) or major (broken bones or long-term trauma). Settlement offers for child injuries can range into the hundreds of thousands, such as the $120,000 settlement one we won for our client

Work Injuries

The average work injury settlement averages $10,000 to $30,000 and up. 

Workers who are injured on the job often have multiple insurance options available, which can increase the total settlement amount. 

Slip and Fall Accidents

The average slip and fall accident settlement averages $5,000 to $50,000 and up.

Accident victims who slip and fall at a business can claim upwards of $50,000, depending on the severity of the injuries. 


How Do I Figure Out How Much My Accident Case Is Worth?

The more accurately we can estimate the value of your claim, the more ammunition we have against the insurance company when they try to undervalue your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering. Over the years, we've gotten very good at calculating both tangible costs (medical bills, property damage, missed work days, etc.) and intangible costs (emotional trauma, lost sleep, loss of life enjoyment, and so on). 

Unfortunately, it's hard to estimate your specific claim's value without speaking with you directly. If you'd like to discuss your case with a lawyer, I offer free, no-obligation consultations. In the meantime, this article covers the questions we use to determine the value of each of our client's cases. 

Who Caused the Accident?

Is one person or company clearly at-fault? Using car wrecks as an example, we sometimes see that one driver caused the wreck and is 100 percent at-fault. Other times, fault can be split between the two drivers. If you're even slightly to blame for the accident, it will devalue your case. (You can learn more in my article about fault here). 

Did You Go Straight to the Doctor? 

The sooner you saw a doctor after your accident, the better. Sometimes, people choose to wait and see if they'll heal on their own, but this is a mistake. The longer you wait to seek medical attention after your accident, the worse it looks to the insurance companies. They'll use the gap as an argument against you by saying things like, "You must not really be that hurt if you didn't go right to the doctor."

If you did delay treatment, all's not lost. We recently handled a case where a client waited a year and a half before seeking treatment and were able to win her a successful settlement. In cases like these, success is possible, but it is more difficult.  

Have You Been a "Good Patient?" 

Patients are expected to follow their doctor's advice and not miss any appointments. Having unexplained gaps in treatment hurts the value of your case because the other side can once again argue that you "weren't that hurt." If you want to help the value of your case, you must do everything the doctor orders and if you need to miss an appointment, reschedule immediately. 

I talk more on this subject at length in my article here. 

How Serious Are Your Injuries?

As you might have guessed, the bigger your injuries, the more your case is worth. Some other questions to ask are did your injuries heal well, or are you left with scars? Do you have any lasting physical limitations? Did you have any broken bones? Surgeries? Is there physical evidence, such as MRIs, CT scans or x-rays, that demonstrate the damage done? Also, what about future medical treatment? If you'll need ongoing medical treatment or physical therapy, your case will be worth more. 

Similarly, the severity of your disability or disfigurement affects the value of your case. If you are permanently disabled, then compensation for "future" damages is necessary. Also, scars are lifetime reminders of the tragic accident. You can be compensated for that. 

Did You Miss Work Because of Your Injuries? 

In Texas, you have a right to compensation for missed work days and lost earnings. Similarly, if you're unable to return to work you can recover compensation for your lost earning capacity. Missed work has to be supported by your employer or if you are self-employed, by your tax returns.

How Strong Is Your Evidence? 

Solid evidence is vital in building your case. According to the law, you can't just point fingers and blame the other side for causing your injuries. You have to prove that the accident was their fault, and also that the accident caused your injuries. Then, you'll need to show the negative impact your injuries have had on your finances and your life. Do you have pictures from the accident scene? Testimonies showing the important life events you missed? Did you suffer financial problems due to medical bills and missing work? Did your marital relations suffer?

You can learn more about this topic in my article, The Importance of Documenting Your Accident Claim.

Mark A. Anderson
Board Certified Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Worth, Texas