Getting compensation and a settlement after a car accident
Let’s talk about getting compensation and a settlement after a car accident. In Utah, you have to have at least $3,000 in medical bills, or meet another qualification, in order to make a claim for pain and suffering.
What is pain and suffering compensation? Compensation for pain and suffering is money that you get to compensate you for having to deal with and endure the pain from the accident. It can also include compensating you for not being able to do the things your normal do as you recuperate from your injuries. This is different from compensation for medical expenses or lost wages, which are usually calculated to the exact dollar amount. In contrast, compensation for pain and suffering is subjective. This is the category of damages where it really helps to have an advocate and lawyer working for you. How much should you be given for a back sprain? Or a whiplash injury? Or a broken forearm? Or a concussion? Certainly the more serious an injury is, the more your settlement is going to be, which makes sense.
As an attorney, I have handled thousands of cases, so I have a pretty good idea of what an insurance company might think is fair for pain in suffering. I also have good knowledge of arbitration awards and jury verdicts, so I also know what possibilities and probabilities might await you should you chose that route.
Unfortunately, I have met with people and potential clients that did not realize the true value of their case and settled with the insurance company. Depending on the circumstances, once you have agreed to a settlement and signed a release, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to get out of such settlement. You are basically stuck. That is why it is always good to consult with an attorney before you sign anything with the insurance company.
As mentioned above, the more serious injuries you have, the higher your settlement will be. This is also true with the more serious medical treatment you undergo. For example, if you have surgery, like a lumbar or cervical fusion, your case could be worth 10 times more than if you did not have such surgery. The reason is because surgery has a big impact on peoples lives. Some people never properly heal from surgery. Others miss a substantial amount of work. Unfortunately, some end up needing revision surgeries.
I am always happy to answer questions about what a case is worth, even if you don’t retain my services. Feel free to call me today.