Average Settlement for a Broken Arm in Florida
Unfortunately, there is no average settlement for a broken arm in Florida. Any number that we could give you would be meaningless and misleading because settlement amounts vary widely from case to case. The injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can give you a better estimate after reviewing your unique case.
Factors That Affect Settlement Value
Most victims of broken arms choose to resolve their claim through private settlement rather than through a trial.
The shadow of a trial always looms over settlement negotiations, however, because a trial is what will happen if settlement negotiations fail. The following are some of the factors that affect settlement value:
- The type and location of your fracture—this affects how much pain you suffer, which in turn affects the amount of pain and suffering compensation you could win at trial.
- How the fracture affects your job—If your job requires you to use your fractured arm extensively, you might be out of work for weeks or even permanently. A court may grant you compensation for these lost earnings.
- The defendant’s financial resources—Florida does not require drivers to carry bodily insurance liability coverage (you are required to maintain $10,000 in insurance for your own injuries, however).
- Whether you were partially at fault for the accident—If you were, your damages will be reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault.
- Whether you suffered a significant disability—Significant or permanent disabilities usually mean that you will get more money in damages.
- Whether your injury required surgery.
A multitude of other factors might also affect your claim, some of which may be arbitrary.
Special Case: Settlement for Broken Arm in a Car Accident
Broken arms are common in serious car accidents. A broken arm is a broken arm, however, no matter what kind of accident caused it.
You might find inflated “averages” for car accident-related broken arm settlements online, but these settlements typically include more serious injuries such as traumatic brain injury (TBI).
A car accident settlement includes compensation for all injuries. But rarely does the settlement agreement break down exactly how much of the settlement applies to each part of the body.
Special Case: Settlement for Elbow Injury
Elbow injuries are also common in car accidents. Unlike much of the rest of the arm, the elbow is not protected by muscle or fatty tissue. Accordingly, it is very susceptible to fracture.
At certain angles, impact to the elbow can cause it to collide with the triceps muscle.
This is an injury that typically requires surgery to correct.
Another common elbow injury involves the radial head, the ball of the forearm that connects to the elbow. The radial head can be broken or jammed into the elbow, and tendon damage can result. These elbow injuries can be excruciatingly painful.
Why You Need a Lawyer
A lawyer can help you in more ways than it is possible to mention in a short article. An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can negotiate a deal that is far better than what you can get on your own.
In fact, the difference often pays for the lawyer’s fees several times over. Some of the ways a lawyer can help you include:
- Determining the real value of your claim;
- Gathering and presenting the evidence in a compelling way to increase the settlement offer;
- Negotiating with the opposing party while keeping the threat of trial foremost in their minds;
- Drafting a clear, concise settlement agreement that contains no tricks;
- Thinking calmly even when you are in distress;
- Advising you against making damaging errors; and
- Representing you in court if necessary.
These are only a few of the many, many ways in which a claimant represented by experienced counsel is better off than someone who represents themselves.
How Fast Can You Get Your Money?
Typically, resolving a broken arm claim takes a few months. In some cases, however, it might take only a few weeks. If the case goes to trial, however, it can take some time to resolve the claim.
Although it is impossible to precisely predict the time frame for compensation, a good rule of thumb to remember is that the more money you ask for, the longer it will take to resolve your claim. The complexity of your claim is also a critical factor.
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