There is no way to calculate an average settlement for a car accident case, even if the victim suffers the same type of injuries as others. Too many factors can alter the outcome of these claims. Moreover, it is not always easy to prove soft tissue injuries and recover a fair settlement. The evidence that these injuries are serious is not as apparent as with other types of injuries, such as a broken bone.
You may want to work with an attorney who knows how to handle soft tissue injury cases. Our team can help you seek a settlement that falls into the fair and just range based on the facts of your case.
Proving a Soft Tissue Injury
Even with prompt treatment, soft tissue injuries can take weeks or even months to heal. Some people with whiplash develop a chronic pain condition, which could prevent them from going back to work for a long time.
Still, these injuries can be difficult to prove because there is little indication of the pain felt by looking at medical imaging. Your attorney may need to call in medical experts to review your records and document how your injuries affect your life to recover a fair settlement.
Your Recoverable Damages will Depend on the Costs You Incurred
Car accident settlements depend greatly on the losses and costs the victim incurred. Most damages awarded in these cases are compensatory. This means they compensate the victim for the harm they suffered due to the accident. Examples include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Property damages
- Rental car costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
You could qualify to recover estimated future damages, as well, including:
- Future treatment needs
- Care and support costs
- Diminished earning capacity
Your Attorney Can Help You Calculate an Appropriate Settlement Range to Fight for
In some cases, putting a fair settlement range on a claim may be as simple as:
- Gathering documents to show expenses and losses
- Estimating a value for your intangible losses
- Adding up the value of these damages
However, this is not always the case. When it comes to soft tissue injuries, the cost of treatment may not adequately correlate with the pain and suffering endured or the time away from work the injuries caused.
If you work with a lawyer from our team, they may ask experts to review your medical records and testify to the debilitating and painful nature of your injuries. Doing so can provide additional support for your claim.
Determining what your case is worth and negotiating to get a settlement in that range may not be something you want to try on your own. A whiplash attorney from our firm who understands how to develop a case based on a soft tissue injury may be able to handle this while you focus on healing.
How to Seek Fair Compensation in a Car Accident Case Involving a Soft Tissue Injury
Our firm offers complimentary case assessments to discuss your case and the options for getting a payout to cover your losses and expenses. We will listen to your account of the accident and let you know what our team can do during this confidential call.
If you choose to work with us, our lawyers also offer to represent you based on contingency. This fee policy means that when we represent your case, we:
- Pay your upfront legal expenses
- Take our fees only from the compensation we recover for you
- Charge an agreed-upon percentage, rather than an hourly rate
This arrangement would mean your family would pay nothing before your settlement and owe nothing if you do not receive compensation.
Our team wants to hear from you as soon as possible to discuss your case. Generally, victims of collisions in Louisiana only have 12 months to file suit under CC §3492. Some have even less time because of the facts of their case. We want to use every moment available to your advantage.
Speak to One of Our Attorneys Now
You can talk with a member of the Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers team about your car accident case for free today. We provide free, no-obligation consultations for victims of traffic accidents in Louisiana.
Call today to learn how we may be able to help you pursue compensation.