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What Can I Expect From A Car Accident Settlement?

When you’ve been in a Florida car accident, your settlement amount will revolve entirely around the circumstances of the accident itself. Naturally, if your accident was minor you can expect a much lower settlement amount when compared to a serious accident situation. That being said, extensive injuries can occur even in minor accidents, and the severity of your injuries should not be judged at face value, but comprehensively by a medical professional.

Car Accident Settlement Amounts For Soft Tissue And “Minor” Injuries

When referring to “minor” injuries, this doesn’t take away from the pain, suffering, and inconvenience the injury has caused, only that the injury isn’t expected to result in ongoing complications or require serious medical intervention. Even these “minor” injuries or soft tissue injuries can cause loss of work and quite a bit of discomfort. These are some of the most common car accident injuries and cover everything from bruises to sprained limbs and whiplash.

On average, the settlement one can expect for a car accident resulting in soft tissue injuries is around $10,000 to $25,000, but could range in the higher or lower realm depending on the specific accident and injuries incurred. Naturally, one that has experienced some vehicle damage and minor whiplash will get less of a settlement than someone who has a severely sprained wrist requiring physical therapy or surgical intervention.

Car Accident Settlement Amounts For Substantial Orthopedic Injuries

Broken bones are also quite common in Florida car accidents, and these will often require serious medical intervention as well as significant time for recovery. Like soft tissue injuries which range in severity, so do broken bones, and a minor hairline fracture isn’t going to garner the same type of settlement as a serious compound fracture would. For an orthopedic injury that requires surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, ongoing care, and lost wages, the average settlement will be in the $50,000 to $75,000 range.

Spinal And Brian Injury Car Accident Settlement Averages

Spinal and brain injuries in Florida car accidents will garner some of the highest settlement amounts, and this is due to the severity of these injuries and the complications that come along with them. Spinal injuries can very easily cause lifelong disability, and even those that don’t result in paralysis may see settlement amounts in the $75,000 to $100,000 range. If the spinal injury does result in paralysis, either full or partial, the settlement may easily reach into the six to even seven figure range.

Brain injuries can be some of the toughest Florida car accident injuries to treat, and for good reason. The brain is such a complex organ that to this day it is still not fully understood, and this goes for injury as well. Even a moderate brain injury may not show obvious symptoms of disability or impairment at first, instead later developing symptoms that do not fully go away even with medical intervention. With severe traumatic brain injuries, ongoing care will often be necessary for the remainder of a person’s life.

For settlements in cases of brain injuries requiring surgery, causing cognitive impairment, and loss of function, the amount will average between $100,000 and $250,000. If the severe brain injury is considered to be catastrophic, meaning resulting in the need of daily life assistance for the remainder of their lives, this figure can quickly rise into the high six and seven figure ranges.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

What Can I Expect From A Car Accident Settlement?

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