The average back or neck car accident injury settlement is usually between $10,000 and $100,000, but can move up from there depending on the severity of the accident and injuries.
In the article below, we go into detail explaining how to know what your injury 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.
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, our Fort Worth spinal injury attorneys have obtained millions of dollars for injury victims and their families to help them recover. Over our more than 25 years of experience, we have handled some of the most severe back and spinal injury cases out there, and are confident in our ability to review your medical records, present your case, and secure the compensation you deserve.
Neck fusion client wins $1,500,000 Settlement
Average Settlement Amounts
The average disc herniation settlement is between $10,000 to $50,000 and up.
When an injured client gets a herniated disc as a result of their accident, it can be a painful time for the victim. This was the case for one of our clients who won a $285,000 settlement after his herniated disc injury required intensive surgery following his wreck.
The average neck fusion settlement is between $10,000 and $25,000 and up.
Injured victims who have received neck fusion surgeries could face high medical bills. This was the case for our client, a truck driver, who was awarded a $1,500,000 settlement after another truck driver crashed into him, causing him to receive a neck fusion surgery and two other surgeries to treat his injuries.
The average back fusion settlement is between $3,000 and $10,000 and up.
Motorcycle riders know that if an accident occurs, the risk for a dangerous injury can be very big. This happened to a client of ours who won a $100,000 settlement after he was sent airborne in an accident and required a fusion procedure on his spine.
Whiplash and Ligament Strains
The average whiplash and ligament strain settlement is between $3,000 and $10,000 and up.
Accidents, where the victim has had previous injuries, can be very dangerous, as they can re-activate immense amounts of pain. This was the case for one of our clients who won a $300,000 settlement after being whiplashed and re-injuring his neck and back in a wreck.
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.
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.
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 workdays 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?
Who Needs to Hire a Lawyer?
If you've never hired a lawyer before, you might be wondering, "What will an attorney do for me? Do I even need one?" You will benefit from hiring a lawyer if you:
- Were hurt in an accident caused by another driver
- Don't have health insurance after a wreck and can't afford to get treatment
- Have never handled a claim before and feel confused about what to do next
- Tried handling the claim on your own but encountered trouble with the insurance adjuster
- Received an unfair settlement offer from the insurance company
- Want a professional to ensure you win everything you deserve to cover the cost of your accident
If you were in an accident that wasn't your fault and suffered injuries as a result, you will benefit from having a personal injury attorney handling your case. The reason is simple. After a wreck, you're going to have to convince the other driver's insurance company to pay you the money you deserve for your medical bills, damaged car, and pain and suffering. However, insurance adjusters are trained to pay you as little money as possible. It's how insurance companies make money.
Having a lawyer on your side evens the playing field. Here at the Anderson Injury Lawyers, we have over 25 years of experience winning money for hurt accident victims in the Fort Worth metroplex. We know exactly how to set up your case, and we handle everything for you.
Why Trust the Anderson Injury Lawyers?
The Anderson Injury Lawyers's founder Mark Anderson is one of the most recognized attorneys in our area. Most notably, Mark was named a Top Attorney by Fort Worth Magazine, and is consistently recognized as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters. He is rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau and is ranked in the top one percent of practicing attorneys in the United States, according to the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.