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What Is The Average Florida Auto Accident Settlement? What Should You Expect?

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Overview of Florida Auto Accident Settlements Car accident in Florida? This article will help you understand the factors that most impact the potential auto accident settlement amount for your injuries and damages. If you were injured in a car accident in Florida, you are probably wondering how much money you can recover from a car accident settlement. Many factors affect your car accident settlement amount. Every case is different, so your settlement entirely depends on the specifics of your accident, injuries and damages. At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk our car accident lawyers research the specifics of your case extensively and represent you during negotiations. Along with the factors that we will explain below, legal representation significantly affects your settlement amount. Due to our experience and expertise, our attorneys help clients achieve a higher average car accident settlement amount. The car accident attorneys of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk are ready to discuss your accident and settlement amount during a free case evaluation. If you’ve been injured in a Florida car accident we invite you to contact us by phone at 855-293-5630 or online anytime to get answers from our qualified legal professionals. What is the Average Auto Accident Settlement in Florida? Unfortunately, there is no average settlement amount for car accidents in Florida. This is because settlements depend greatly on the unique circumstances of each case. Several factors affect your settlement, including: Negligence of the at-fault party, Any comparative negligence of the injured party, Extent of impact and property damage, Whether the at-fault driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Amount of available bodily injury insurance coverage with the at-fault vehicle owner and driver, Amount of available uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance coverage with the injured party, their resident relatives, and the car they are in, Severity of your injuries, Extent of pre-existing injuries, Ability to prove the injuries were caused by the accident, and Extent of your damages including pain and suffering, past and future lost wages, and past and future medical bills. Since settlement amounts are highly contextual, it’s best to discuss the specifics of your case with one of our personal injury attorneys. Return to top ↑ FLORIDA AUTO ACCIDENT SETTLMENTS FAQ Examples of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Auto Accident Settlements At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. Here are several recent auto accident settlements we have achieved for our Florida clients: $525,000.00 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Spine and Back Injuries / Dade City, Florida On July 22, 2016, our client was attempting to make a U turn on Highway 301 in Dade City, Florida and was stopped in the median. The defendant was headed south on U.S. 301 when he left the roadway, crashed through a street sign and struck our client causing him to be pushed into oncoming traffic whereupon he was struck by a passing northbound vehicle. This photo shows the damage to our client’s vehicle as a result of the accident. The defendant later claimed that a phantom vehicle rear-ended him causing him to strike our client. Our client was transported to the hospital with back injuries and later followed up with several physicians. An MRI scan revealed large disc herniations in his lumbar spine. He exhausted all conservative care, including therapy and epidural steroid injections. Ultimately, he required a discectomy operation to relieve the pressure in his spinal canal. Our attempts to settle the case before a lawsuit were rebuffed by the insurance company, which acted unreasonably and refused to take responsibility for the accident. Therefore, we filed a lawsuit against the at fault party. During the course of the lawsuit, we pressured the insurance company to produce proof of their claims that they were not the at fault party, and that someone else had caused the accident. Eventually our pressure was successful, and we were able to force the company to pay $525,000.00 as compensation for our client’s injuries. $500,000.00 / Car Accident / Herniated Discs / Homosassa, Florida Our client was traveling on a main road in Homosassa, Florida, when a vehicle from her right, exited a private driveway directly into the path of our client. As a result of the other driver’s carelessness, our client impacted the side of the other vehicle. The impact was so severe that our client’s air bags deployed, and the vehicle was considered a total loss. This photo shows the damage to our client’s vehicle as a result of the auto accident. After the accident, our client was transported to the emergency room where she was diagnosed with neck pain, chest pain and right arm pain. Following her discharge from the hospital, our client began conservative care with a chiropractor and underwent an MRI of the cervical spine and the lumbar spine. The MRI’s revealed multiple herniated discs in the cervical and lumbar spine. Our client ultimately had surgery at both the cervical and lumbar levels. Based on the injuries sustained by our client, Abrahamson and Uiterwyk sent a demand to the defendant driver’s insurance company and they agreed to pay $100,000, which represented the full amount of the defendant driver’s insurance coverage. Abrahamson and Uiterwyk also sent a demand to the owner of the vehicle that the defendant was driving, which turned out to be a local car dealership. The dealership had loaned the vehicle to the defendant while the defendant’s personal vehicle was being repaired. The insurance carrier for the dealership attempted to classify the loaner vehicle as a “rental car,” which would have had the effect of lowering the applicable insurance coverage to only $10,000. Abrahamson and Uiterwyk conducted an extensive legal analysis of the insurance carrier’s position and was able to prove to the insurance carrier, that their opinion was not supported by Florida law. The insurance carrier agreed and after further negotiation, tendered their policy limits of $500,000. $300,000.00 / Rear-End Car Accident / Neck, Back, and Shoulder Injuries / Citrus County, Florida On August 18, 2016, our client was northbound on Suncoast...

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What is the Average Wrongful Death Settlement in Florida?

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Overview of Wrongful Death Settlements in Florida This article attempts to explain the factors that influence the amount that families of deceased accident victims can recover in a Florida wrongful death settlement. If a loved one has been killed due to someone else’s negligence, you may be able to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit. If you aren’t sure whether you have a wrongful death claim, you may be questioning whether to see an attorney. The truth is, an experienced wrongful death attorney can always help assess your situation to see what recovery may be possible. If you do have a wrongful death claim, you may wish to better understand wrongful death lawsuit settlements. In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about wrongful death settlements in Florida. Is There an Average Wrongful Death Settlement in Florida? Although you may wish to know what to expect in this uncertain time by examining average wrongful death settlement amounts, the truth is there is no such thing. Wrongful death settlements depend on the facts of the specific case. The circumstances surrounding your loved one’s death may be incredibly different from someone else’s. This makes it extremely challenging to come up with any average wrongful death settlement. It’s therefore incredibly important to discuss your potential wrongful death claim with an experienced attorney as soon as you can Return to top ↑ Example Wrongful Death Settlements That We Have Achieved Although there may not be an average wrongful death settlement, at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk we are honored to have achieved substantial wrongful death settlements and verdicts for our clients over our 30 years in practice. In one case, a jury awarded our clients, the surviving spouse and children of a wrongful death victim, $34,697,465. We’ve also achieved recoveries of $15,310,000 (jury verdict), $11,500,000 (jury verdict), and $11,000,000 (jury verdict) for our clients in wrongful death cases based on product liability claims. Return to top ↑ Case Study: Florida Wrongful Death Settlement $1M Policy Limit / Wrongful Death / Motor Vehicle Accident / Brooksville, Florida On July 20, 2018, our client was northbound on Commercial Way in Brooksville, Florida near the intersection of Kelso Road. The defendant was headed westbound on Kelso Road, but failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. As a result, our client’s vehicle T-boned the defendant’s vehicle causing substantial damage to both vehicles. Among other injuries, our client suffered a cardiac contusion which his treating physicians believed led to a massive stroke after the accident. He remained hospitalized for approximately two weeks after the accident before being transferred to inpatient rehabilitation. Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of his injuries, our client passed away shortly thereafter. He was survived by his wife. We did an in depth investigation which helped convince the insurance company that the fault lay with their insured. We presented a comprehensive demand package which also convinced the insurer that our client’s spouse’s death was a direct result of the defendant’s negligence. We also invested considerable time and effort elaborating on the extent and depth of our client’s extreme losses as a result of the death of her spouse. We were able to resolve the case for an amount in excess of 1 million dollars. Unfortunately, our recovery was limited by the amount of insurance available. Based on our efforts, however, we were able to convince them to pay every dollar of available insurance in settlement of the case. Our deepest condolences to our client and their entire family. It was our honor to represent them for this tragic loss. The wrongful death attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have the experience to understand your case fully and get you and your family what you deserve. You can read more on our case results page. Please be advised that any potential recovery depends upon the facts of your specific case and that past results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case. Return to top ↑ Who Can Bring a Wrongful Death Claim in Florida? The surviving family members of a person killed by another party’s negligence can bring a wrongful death claim in Florida. The person who passed away is called the “decedent” under the law. The family members of the decedent, or deceased, need to be related to them in a specific way or have had a particular dependency relationship with them to recover. Under the Florida Wrongful Death Act, the following surviving family members may bring a wrongful death claim: Spouse Children Parents Blood relatives who were dependent on the person who passed away Adoptive brothers or sisters who were dependent on the person who passed away A child born out of wedlock, if their mother passed away A child born out of wedlock if their father passed away, only if it can be established that the father had taken responsibility for supporting the child Return to top ↑ What Factors Most Impact the Value of a Wrongful Death Settlement? The goal of financial compensation in a wrongful death claim is to shift the losses that the family experiences to the person who caused the death. In other words, in the eyes of the law, the surviving family members should not bear the losses of their loved one’s death. The person who negligently caused the death should be financially responsible. To avoid going to trial, the party that caused the wrongful death may offer a settlement amount. The settlement amount should take into account the same factors that the court would take into account if the case went to trial. If the case settles, the family members of the wrongful death victim agree to drop their lawsuit. It is very difficult, if not impossible, to calculate the value of someone’s lost life. In Florida, there are several factors that may help the surviving family members decide what is fair. Compensation in a wrongful death case may take into account the following: How old your loved one was when they passed...

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Walmart Slip and Fall Settlements: How Much Can I Get?

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If you sustained injuries due to a slip and fall at Walmart, you might be considering legal action. You might also be wondering how much of a settlement you could recover. Walmart has almost 5,000 stores across the United States, almost 30 of which are located in central Florida. With an average size of over 100,000 square feet, these stores can present slipping, tripping, and falling hazards of all types. For that reason, Walmart faces a constant stream of personal injury claims and lawsuits. If the store’s negligence or carelessness caused your injuries, you deserve compensation. Talking to an experienced premises liability lawyer is the best way to determine the value of your potential settlement. Having a knowledgeable slip and fall attorney on your side will also protect your legal rights. An attorney can also help you pursue the compensation you deserve. How Much Is the Average Walmart Slip and Fall Settlement Amount? Slip and fall accidents in Walmart and other large retail outlets can cause serious injuries, disability, and even death. In Florida, slip and fall accidents are the number one reason that residents go to the emergency room or are admitted to the hospital—and the second leading injury cause of death. Because the resulting injuries can be so extensive, Walmart slip and fall settlement amounts are often higher than for other types of personal injury cases. For example: A Georgia jury awarded one plaintiff $7.5 million for a broken hip. The Georgia man’s foot became lodged in a pallet that was used to support a produce display, causing him to fall and sustain serious injuries. A Florida man received a $970,000 settlement for injuries he sustained at Walmart after he slipped on water in the garden center. Another Florida plaintiff received a Walmart settlement of $1.3 million after slipping in spilled body wash and hitting her head on a display rack. Although these awards might not be typical or representative of your Walmart slip and fall case, you deserve compensation for your injuries and other damages. However, because Walmart slip and fall settlement amounts can vary so greatly, it is important to seek help from a Florida slip and fall accident lawyer for assistance. Return to top ↑ What Are Some Examples of Walmart Settlements That Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Has Achieved? Here at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we understand the complex nature of slip and fall claims, and we put our in-depth knowledge to work for you. Slip and Fall / Walmart / Neck Injuries / Hillsborough County, Florida Our client was shopping at Walmart in Tampa when she slipped and fell on a clear liquid substance that Walmart had allowed to accumulate on the floor of their store.  She suffered injuries and began to incur medical expenses, so she hired our firm to help her with her case against Walmart. Our investigation revealed that due to the fact that the flooring was extremely smooth and did not apparently possess any non-slip characteristics, the presence of the liquid created a significant and latent slipping hazard for customers.  As a result of the fall, our client sustained disc herniations in her neck and her back. She sought treatment with a chiropractor and an orthopedic surgeon.  She underwent injections and a procedure known as radiofrequency ablation, which involves heating the nerves in the neck in order to deaden the pain. We eventually presented a detailed demand package summarizing the case to Walmart which set forth their negligence and our client’s injuries, medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. Not surprisingly, Walmart disagreed with our settlement suggestion.  Instead, Walmart consistently argued that the accident was not their fault since they claimed to have no notice of the condition before our client fell. Even though Walmart consistently took the position that they were not responsible for our client’s injuries, we persisted with our efforts.  We continued to press the case forward. Because of our efforts, ultimately, we were able to prevail upon Walmart to recognize that they had liability for the accident, and the case was settled for an amount that paid all of our client’s medical bills and netted her a significant recovery. $689,000.00 / Premises Liability / Walmart / Back Injury / Pinellas County, Florida We recently obtained a $689,000 premises liability settlement for a client in Pinellas County. This client sustained a back injury when he slipped and fell at Walmart. Although we cannot legally disclose the details of most premises liability settlements, you can review some of our other recent slip and fall case injury settlements on our website. The experienced personal injury lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have assisted more than 20,000 injury victims over the past 30 years. To date, we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients. We aggressively pursue a fair settlement, and we aren’t afraid to fight your case in court, if necessary. We handle every aspect of your case, so you can focus on healing and recovery. If you recently lost a loved one due to a Walmart slip and fall injury accident, we can also assist you with a Walmart wrongful death claim. Time is of the essence due to Florida’s two-year statute of limitations. Contact us today to preserve your legal rights. Return to top ↑ What Should You Do If You’re Injured at a Walmart? If you sustain slip and fall injuries at Walmart or any other retail location, your next steps could affect your ability to recover damages. Personal injury lawyers recommend the following steps: Seek medical treatment immediately; Identify the hazard(s) that caused your fall; Take photographs of the scene; Identify witnesses and obtain their contact information; Write down everything you can remember; Notify the store manager of your accident; and Contact a Walmart slip and fall attorney ASAP. If you require emergency treatment and cannot document the scene of your accident, you won’t be able to take photos or talk to witnesses. Ask someone who was with you or who witnessed the accident to...

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Herniated Disc from Car Accident in Florida: How Can I Get a Large Settlement?

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What is the Average Settlement for a Herniated Disc From a Car Accident? If you’ve suffered a serious herniated disc injury from a car accident in Florida, it’s your right to pursue the largest monetary settlement possible. At fault parties must be held accountable for their actions. For many victims who experienced a herniated disc from a car accident, settlement values can be substantial. Severe spine injuries typically require extensive treatment and rehabilitation, potentially affecting every aspect of the victim’s life. Recovering fair financial compensation for your damages will help ensure you get the treatment you need and provide peace of mind for the future.  To explore your options for filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, talk to a Florida car accident attorney.     HERNIATED DISC FROM CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ Understanding Herniated Disc Injuries Resulting from Florida Car Accidents Spinal disc herniation refers to a condition that affects the rubbery cushions that separate the vertebrae. Discs (or disks) have a jelly-like center called the nucleus. When the rubbery covering (called the annulus) of the disc ruptures, some of the nucleus can ooze out, creating a herniation. In some cases, herniation causes no harm or notable symptoms. More often, however, the herniation pushes on one of the delicate and highly sensitive nerves of the spinal cord. The results can range from mild pain to lifelong debilitating symptoms. Car accidents are one of the most common causes of disc herniation and other spinal injuries. The force of a car crash—even a seemingly minor collision—exerts excessive and unusual force on the spine. In addition to car accidents, some of the most common incidents leading to disc herniation injuries include motorcycle crashes, truck accidents, and incidents involving specialty vehicles such as tractor-trailers, busses, commercial trucks, and construction vehicles. If you or a loved one sustained this type of injury in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may have the right to pursue legal action.     HERNIATED DISC CAR ACCIDENT COMPENSATION FAQ Common Symptoms of Herniated Discs The symptoms of a serious disc herniation can be overwhelming. The type of symptoms you experience can vary depending on which part and how much of the spine was affected. Common symptoms include: Neck pain, Back pain, Arm or leg pain, Numbness, and Weakness. The extent of disc-related injuries can be significant. Many spinal injury victims suffer significant neurological damage as a result of their accident, ranging from partial paraplegia to full paralysis, or tetraplegia. Many of these victims never recover fully, requiring a lifetime of pain management, treatment, and personal care. Spine injuries can also lead to complications that further degrade your health and quality of life. If a herniated disc compresses the nerve bundle at the base of the spine, you could experience truly debilitating pain, numbness or weakness. Other potential complications include: Bladder dysfunction, Bowel dysfunction, and Saddle anesthesia. Saddle anesthesia is the loss of sensation on the backs of the legs, the inner thighs, lower buttocks, genital and rectal areas—all the parts of the body that would come into contact with a saddle if you sat on one. Patients who experience these complications may require emergency surgery to avoid permanent damage.     AVERAGE SETTLEMENT FOR HERNIATED DISC FROM A CAR ACCIDENT FAQ How Are Spinal Disc Herniation Injuries Treated? Spinal injuries require advanced treatment from qualified medical practitioners and specialists. To determine the appropriate treatment regimen, your doctor will perform a comprehensive exam to diagnose the nature and extent of your injury. This might require medical testing such as: X-rays, CT scan, MRI, Myelogram, Nerve conduction testing, or Electromyography (EMG). Based on the outcome of your testing, the doctor will recommend an appropriate treatment plan. Pain management is typically necessary to help victims cope with their symptoms. This could include prescription pain medication (opioids), muscle relaxers, and steroid injections administered directly into the spine. Unfortunately, pain management does nothing to improve the disc herniation itself. Even physical therapy cannot reverse the damage to the spine in most cases. For many back-injury victims, the only way to repair a damaged disc is through surgery. Herniated disc surgery takes many forms. The surgeon may remove some or all of the damaged disc. If the disc requires full removal, the surgeon may fuse the vertebrae together using metal rods for stability and bone grafting.     HERNIATED DISC FROM A CAR ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ What Is the Average Herniated Disc Settlement Amount in Florida? No two accidents or victims are alike. Consequently, every spine injury settlement is unique in nature and amount. Settlement values range from modest to substantial, based on the victim’s economic and non-economic damages. When choosing a car accident lawyer to represent you, ask potential attorneys about their experience with herniated disc injury settlements. Ask about the value of settlements and jury awards they obtained for past clients. This will help you determine if a particular attorney has the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you.     HERNIATED DISC SETTLEMENT CALCULATOR FAQ Can a Herniated Disc Settlement Calculator Estimate Your Settlement Value? Do not trust these calculators. Without considering all the details of your case, no individual or automated injury settlement calculator can accurately estimate what your case might be worth. Once a personal injury attorney has the opportunity to evaluate your case and review the details of your injuries, you can get a better estimate of your claim’s potential value.     HERNIATED DISC AUTO ACCIDENT SETTLEMENT FAQ What Factors Affect the Value of a Herniated Disc Florida Car Accident Settlement? Every car accident is unique and there are a number of factors that can affect the value of your herniated disc accident settlement. These are generally not within your control and may require an investigation to gather evidence and achieve maximum compensation. Some of these factors include: Medical history and pre-existing conditions; Age at the time of injury; Lost wages; The prognosis of your herniated disc; How much pain and suffering you have...

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What Is the Average Settlement for Slip/Trip and Fall Lawsuits in Florida?

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If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a Florida slip and fall accident, you may have a legal claim for compensation. But when it comes to Florida slip and fall settlements, exactly how much might you be entitled to recover?  Unfortunately, the answer to this question is not so simple.  Many people wonder whether there are any average slip and fall settlement amounts in Florida. In fact, the amount of your potential recovery may vary significantly from that of another slip and fall victim.  Determining the appropriate amount for slip and fall injuries settlements can be complicated. Thus, it is imperative that you work with an experienced personal injury law firm that can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.  The personal injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk know what it takes to navigate a typical slip and fall settlement. While there may not be a precise average slip and fall settlement in Florida, our team of legal professionals can help you determine the value of your potential recovery based on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case.   Overview of Florida Slip and Fall Settlements Again, there is no clear average slip and fall settlement amount in Florida. However, just because there may not be an average slip and fall settlement in Florida does not mean that there is no way to estimate what you may be entitled to recover. Rather, Florida slip/trip and fall settlements depend on the circumstances unique to each case. Several factors that might affect a Florida slip/trip and fall settlement include: Negligence of the business or landowner; Existence of a dangerous condition on the premises; Ability to prove that the business or landowner created the hazardous condition, knew of the condition, or should have known of the condition; Whether the business or landowner failed to repair the condition or to warn others about the condition; Contributing negligence of the injured party; Whether the injured party was lawfully on the premises; Severity of the injuries; Ability to prove the injuries were caused by the slip/trip and fall; and Extent of damages, including past and future lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. Because Florida slip/trip and fall settlements depend on the specific facts of each case, it’s best to discuss the details of your situation with our slip and fall injury attorneys. Examples of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Slip/Trip and Fall Settlements Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has represented over 20,000 injury victims, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Below are some examples of recent trip and fall accident settlements we recovered for our clients. Of course, we can never guarantee the same or similar results. However, we hope that these case examples provide you with an idea of the types of compensation our attorneys can help you pursue.   $300,000.00/ Trip and Fall Accident / Shoulder and Wrist Injuries / Lee County, Florida In late 2018, our client was walking into the clubhouse at her condominium complex. Our client tripped over a rug that had been rolled up and placed in the doorway. The rug had been placed there by an employee of the complex. As a result of her trip, the client fell onto her left side and badly fractured her left shoulder and wrist. The shoulder and wrist each required surgery and inpatient rehabilitation. After the client was released from the rehabilitation facility, the complex’s insurance company reached out to the client and assured her that they would “take care of everything.” When communication with the insurance company broke down, the client called Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. It was only after Abrahamson & Uiterwyk sent the insurance company a formal demand for payment that the insurance company became open to negotiation. As a result of several subsequent telephone conferences with the insurance company, Abrahamson and Uiterwyk settled the claim for $300,000.00. $850,000 Premises Liability Settlement  Our 49-year-old client was injured when she sat on a fitting room bench at a department store. The bench collapsed, and the Plaintiff fell to the ground. As a result of this incident, the Plaintiff suffered multiple injuries to her hip and back. We settled her premise liability case for $850,000. $689,000 Slip and Fall Premises Liability Settlement Our client sustained a back injury when he slipped and fell at a Wal-Mart. We settled this case for $689,000. $650,000 Trip and Fall Premises Liability Settlement We obtained a $650,000 settlement for our client who tripped over cables and fell headfirst into a concrete barrier. Feel free to browse other premises liability case results featured on our website. Return to top ↑ What Factors Will Most Impact the Amount of my Florida Slip/Trip and Fall Settlement? Whether you can settle your premises liability claim may depend on whether you can prove the defendant’s negligence. To provide liability for your slip/trip and fall, Florida requires that you establish the following: You were legally on the property, The business or landowner had a duty to inspect the property and to keep it reasonably safe, The business or landowner breached this duty by failing to take reasonable steps to remedy the danger, and This breach caused your injuries. It is important to note that you must be able to prove each of these elements to have a successful slip and fall claim. Also, the following factors can affect the amount of your Florida slip and fall settlement: The extent of your damages, and The amount that your negligence contributed to your injuries. Our lawyers can help maximize your settlement amount by assisting you in showing that the defendant is liable. We can also help you calculate your damages for a fair settlement. Return to top ↑ What Evidence is Most Critical in a Florida Slip/Trip and Fall Case? As the plaintiff, you and your attorney must present evidence of the defendant’s liability for your fall. Evidence that is critical in a Florida slip/trip and fall case can include: Photographs of the dangerous condition and the surrounding...

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What to Expect From Geico Car Accident Settlements in Florida

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If you are dealing with GEICO after an injury accident, you might be curious about how the injury claim and settlement process works. If you suffered injuries in an accident caused by a GEICO customer, you must deal with this mega-insurer to get a settlement for your damages. Some common questions you might have include: What is GEICO’s claims process? How long does it take for GEICO to settle? and Will GEICO offer a reasonable settlement in my case? Learning some basic information about the company can help. Likewise, understanding their policies and processes can make it easier to get through the complex process of obtaining an injury accident settlement. Before making any decisions, consider talking to a car accident lawyer about your case. A car accident lawyer can help protect your legal rights and fight to get you the settlement you deserve for your injuries and other damages. What Is GEICO? You’re likely familiar with GEICO’s many light-hearted and irreverent commercials. Beyond the clever advertising campaigns, however, you might not know too much more about the company’s history and reputation as an insurance company. Originally established in 1936 as the Government Employees Insurance Company, GEICO insured only military members and federal employees until 1974. Today, GEICO provides auto insurance policies to the general public. The company ranks as the second-largest insurer in the U.S., second only to State Farm. Although GEICO formerly underwrote property and life insurance, the company focuses exclusively on auto insurance today, insuring more than 28 million vehicles. How to Contact GEICO’s Claims Department for Florida GEICO writes a large percentage of its policies directly to consumers, rather than selling through insurance agents. You can learn how to file a GEICO insurance claim on the company’s website. You can also find information there about how to contact GEICO about an existing claim. Some customers do purchase their policies through authorized agents. If you had an accident with a GEICO insured, you may be able to contact their independent agent for help reaching the claims department. Should I Expect GEICO to Make a Fair Settlement Offer? Just as you would expect to encounter with any large insurer, GEICO personal injury settlements come in all forms and sizes. No insurance company is anxious to pay an accident victim fair value for their claim. In fact, most insurers will attempt to pay as little as possible. Getting a fair settlement offer from GEICO requires time, patience, and, sometimes, help from an experienced car accident attorney. Several settlement disputes involving GEICO have made headlines over the past few years. In many of these cases, including one notable case in Miami, the jury held GEICO accountable for bad faith dealings with accident victims. In another court case, this one in Palm Beach, a jury compelled GEICO to pay $8.48 million to a victim’s family in a wrongful death claim. The insurer’s original payment on the claim had been for $100,000. GEICO appealed, but the verdict was upheld. GEICO has substantial resources at its disposal. The company will not hesitate to leverage those resources to minimize your claim value or deny your claim outright. Featured case result: GEICO Policy Limits Settlement for Client Who Suffered Head Injury in Auto Accident This was a difficult case where the driver of the vehicle, in which our client was a passenger, made a left turn in front of oncoming traffic causing a collision with a Ford Mustang. Unfortunately, the driver turning left had no bodily injury insurance. Our client was taken to the emergency room where she remained for three days. She suffered a significant head injury including a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage. Additionally, our client sustained a fracture to the lower portion of her neck and was recommended for surgery. We presented a comprehensive demand package to GEICO, the company that insured the other driver of the Mustang. We argued that that driver had a clear opportunity to see that the vehicle our client was in was in control of the intersection. Further, the vehicle our client was in had nearly completed its turn when the Mustang plowed into it. The facts also suggested that the Mustang was speeding. Thus, we argued that the Mustang was partially at fault for causing the accident. Recognizing its potential for being sued and partially responsible, GEICO paid its entire limit of liability insurance to our client. Fortunately, we were also able to reduce our client’s substantial medical bills and obtain a substantial recovery for her. How Long Does It Take GEICO to Send a Settlement Check? You won’t collect any compensation from GEICO until you agree to a settlement. Once you initiate a claim, the company will assign an adjustor to review the facts of your case. The adjustor will eventually come to you with an offer to resolve the case. The company’s first settlement offer is likely to seriously undervalue your claim, often to the point of being ridiculous. However, some accident victims accept these lowball offers because the company’s adjustors convince them it’s the best they’re going to get. Other victims accept lowball offers because they need the funds immediately. If you want to recover the full value of your damages, you could be waiting and negotiating for a long time. GEICO and other insurers rely on the fact that individual consumers often lack the legal knowledge and resources to fight for fair compensation. Having a car accident lawyer to represent you can help force the insurer to negotiate in good faith and offer a reasonable settlement. Tips for Getting Fair Value in Your Florida GEICO Accident Settlement You can’t expect GEICO (or any large insurance company) to play fair when it comes to negotiating your settlement. Fortunately, you can take action to help prevent large insurers from taking advantage of you. Do Not Provide Any Statements to GEICO When you open a claim with any insurance company, the adjustor will request a recorded statement from you. The adjustor will assure you this is standard practice...

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What Is the Average Settlement for a Rotator Cuff Car Accident Injury in Florida?

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Questions About a Rotator Cuff Car Accident Settlement? If you sustained a serious shoulder injury in a Florida car accident, you might be facing the prospect of rotator cuff surgery. A rotator cuff injury can cause extreme pain and require extensive rehab and recovery time. If the actions of another person caused your accident and injuries, you deserve compensation for your losses. Due to the nature of severe shoulder injuries, rotator cuff settlements can be substantial. Although it is difficult to estimate an average settlement for a shoulder injury, a car accident lawyer can help determine the value of your case. Contact one of the experienced Florida car accident lawyers of Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to learn more.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ What Is the Rotator Cuff? This term describes a collection of tendons, cartilage, and muscles that surround the shoulder. These tissues support and stabilize the shoulder and keep the head of the humerus (the upper arm bone) correctly situated in its socket. More importantly, the rotator cuffs allow you to make overhead movements with your arms. Movements such as swimming, shooting a basketball, putting on a hat or reaching for an object on a high shelf wouldn’t be possible without the rotator cuff.     ROTATOR CUFF INJURY SETTLEMENT AMOUNT FAQ What Does It Mean to Tear the Rotator Cuff? This injury typically occurs when one or more of the shoulder tendons detaches from the head of the humerus. Rotator cuff injuries are classified as either partial or complete tears, depending on whether any part of the tendon remains attached to the bone. The tear that occurs is more like a hole in the tendon. The severity increases as more of the tendon becomes damaged. Tearing a rotator cuff results in extreme pain. In addition, this injury severely impedes your ability to use your arm for lifting, reaching, and other common movements. If you suffer this type of injury, you could lose your ability to perform even the simplest of everyday tasks. These injuries can occur over time due to overuse. Rotator cuff tears can also happen suddenly, due to trauma from improper or heavy lifting or falling on an outstretched arm. A sudden, traumatic injury is known as an acute tear. However, some of the most common and painful causes of acute rotator cuff tears are car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions.     ROTATOR CUFF SETTLEMENTS FAQ What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accident-Related Rotator Cuff Tears? Shoulder injuries are a common result of motor vehicle collisions of all types. Whether you were struck by another passenger vehicle, a bus, commercial truck, or delivery van, you face the risk of injuries such as rotator cuff tears. In Florida, some of the most common causes of car accidents include: Drunk drivers, Tired drivers, Distracted drivers, Speeding, A failure to yield, Failure to stop, and Failure to obey traffic signals. Single-car accidents, including rollovers, can also lead to severe injuries. Single-vehicle accidents are often caused by: Obstructions in the roadway, Road construction, Roadway debris, Poor road maintenance, Obstructed views, and Faulty vehicle components. Whether you had an accident with another vehicle, or another factor caused your car to crash, you have the right to pursue justice. If the actions of another person or party led to your accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your damages.     AVERAGE SETTLEMENT FOR TORN ROTATOR CUFF FAQ What Is the Average Rotator Cuff Tear Car Accident Settlement? How much should a settlement be for a rotator cuff surgery? Rotator cuff and other shoulder injuries can be complex to diagnose and treat. The prognosis for your recovery depends on the nature of your injury and how severe the tear is. These and other factors have a direct influence on the potential value of your claim. The unique nature of injury accidents makes it impossible to estimate an average settlement for a rotator cuff injury. Likewise, an online car accident settlement value calculator won’t be able to consider the details of your case or grasp all the damages you suffered as a result of the at-fault party’s negligence. To determine the approximate value of your rotator cuff car accident claim, contact one of our Florida injury accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today.     AVERAGE SETTLEMENT FOR ROTATOR CUFF SURGERY REPAIR FAQ Will Requiring Rotator Cuff Surgery Affect the Value of My Florida Personal Injury Claim? Many serious shoulder injuries require surgical repair. Some more fortunate victims can have this repair performed arthroscopically. For this procedure, an orthopedic surgeon makes a minor incision. Through this incision, the surgeon inserts a small camera (scope) and surgical instruments to complete the repairs. Other accident victims cannot have their injuries repaired using this minimally invasive procedure. In that case, the surgeon must access the shoulder using a large, open incision. If your injury requires surgical repair, your medical treatment costs will be exponentially higher—and that increases the value of your claim. In addition, surgery often means a long, painful recovery involving physical therapy and rehabilitation. The pain and suffering involved in your recovery can potentially increase your claim’s value. Finally, if your injury left you with diminished range of motion or other permanent damage, your lawyer can pursue compensation for your disability as a part of your rotator cuff surgery settlement.     ROTATOR CUFF TEAR CAR ACCIDENT SETTLMENT FAQ Do I Need a Car Accident Lawyer to Get a Rotator Cuff Injury Settlement? In Florida, you are not required to have a lawyer to recover a settlement for your injuries. However, rotator cuff settlements pose several challenges. Unless you have a legal background or experience negotiating with insurance companies, you want to consider having an attorney on your side. When you choose an injury accident attorney from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk to assist you, you will benefit from our 30+ years of experience. We have assisted more than 20,000...

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Hit by a Drunk Driver Settlement in Florida: How Much Can I Expect?

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If you or a loved one sustained severe injuries after being hit by a drunk driver, you are likely considering legal action. You might also wonder what your settlement value could be. Like most personal injury cases, you may have the right to recover compensation for your physical, emotional, and financial damages. The value of your claim will depend on the injuries you suffered and other details specific to your case. The best way to determine what your potential settlement value might be is to consult a Florida DUI accident attorney. An attorney can review the facts of your case and advise you about recovering the compensation you deserve for your losses.   AVERAGE DRUNK DRIVER SETTLMENT FAQ Is There an Average Florida Drunk Driving Settlement Amount? Drunk driving accidents have the potential to cause significant injuries and, often, death. These incidents can destroy lives and tear families apart. The damages that result from these accidents tend to be substantial. Just as no “average” accident victim or injuries exist, we can’t identify any type of average settlement for drunk driving accidents. However, many drunk driving claims do carry a high potential value for settlement or verdict due to the severe nature of the resulting damages. Because DUI accidents are always preventable—and typically involve negligence or recklessness by the at-fault party—your settlement might also include punitive damages. Punitive damages, which victims can collect under Florida law, are designed to punish the at-fault party for their actions. AVERAGE SETTLMENT FOR DRUNK DRIVING ACCIDENT FAQ Does the Fact That I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver Make My Case for Compensation Stronger? For anyone hit by a drunk driver, settlement amounts should compensate the victim for all of their losses and damages. Even though there is no average drunk driver settlement you can use for reference, you deserve to recover fair compensation for what you’ve been through. Being injured by a drunk driver can make it easier to recover compensation, especially when your lawyer can cite criminal evidence in your case. DUI accident injuries may also entitle you to additional damages that you might not otherwise receive. These damages, known as punitive damages, are intended to punish the drunk driver. Although Florida statutes bar the recovery of punitive damages without a reasonable foundation for doing so, many DUI accident victims sustain injuries that meet the statutory standards. To recover punitive damages, your case must go to court. If you win your case in court, the jury will determine whether to award punitive damages and, if so, the amount of the damages. A car accident attorney can explain more about the damages you may be entitled to and help you determine the best way to recover the compensation you deserve. DRUNK DRIVING LAWSUIT SETTLEMENTS FAQ What Factors Are Considered When Calculating the Potential Amount of a Florida Drunk Driving Settlement? When calculating the value of a DUI accident claim, attorneys identify and include all potential damages the victim suffered. Typically, drunk driving accident victims have the right to pursue compensation for all economic and non-economic damages they incurred. In your case, this might include: Medical treatment, Lost wages, Emotional distress, and Pain and suffering. If you sustained disabling or permanent injuries, you may have the right to recover additional compensation for damages such as diminished earning capacity and diminished quality of life. You might also be entitled to compensation for any future medical treatment or care you require as well as estimated future lost income and benefits. Finally, as discussed above, you may be entitled to recover punitive damages in a Florida DUI injury accident claim if your case goes to court. DRUNK DRIVER SETTLEMENT AMOUNTS FAQ What Evidence Is Most Critical in a Drunk Driving Injury Case? Attorneys leverage a variety of evidence to prove their client’s claim. For your case, this might include: Police and accident reports, Witness statements and testimony, Blood alcohol concentration (BAC) testing, Expert witness opinions, Surveillance video, Accident scene photographs, 911 call recordings, and Hospital records. When you work with a drunk driving injury attorney, your legal team will investigate the circumstances of your accident. Your lawyer will obtain the necessary evidence to build a persuasive case based on the facts and details of your claim. DRUNK DRIVER ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS FAQ Can I Sue a Drunk Driver If I Was Hit as a Pedestrian? In most cases, you can sue a drunk driver if you sustained injuries as: A driver in another vehicle, A passenger in another vehicle, A passenger in the drunk driver’s vehicle, A pedestrian, A bicyclist, or A motorcyclist. Typically, you can sue a drunk driver any time their actions cause you to sustain injuries, no matter what the circumstances might have been. Talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you determine whether you have a viable DUI accident injury claim. DUI ACCIDENT SETTLEMENTS FAQ Will the Crime Victim Compensation Fund Pay Me If I’m Hit by a Drunk Driver? Florida’s Victim Compensation program, overseen by the state’s Attorney General, provides compensation for victims of various types of crimes, including drunk driving. To qualify for compensation, you must complete the necessary paperwork and meet the program’s requirements. Unfortunately, the Victim Compensation program has limited resources. The program’s benefits will pay up to two-thirds of your medical bills up to a maximum of $10,000. You can recover up to two-thirds of your lost income up to a maximum of $15,000. This program is invaluable if you have no other way to recover damages. However, many victims prefer to pursue a drunk driving accident claim or lawsuit if their damages exceed these benefit amounts.   HIT BY A DRUNK DRIVER SETTLEMENT FAQ What’s the Difference Between Criminal and Civil Drunk Driving Cases? In a Florida DUI case, the drunk driver faces criminal charges. Upon conviction, drunk drivers face the potential for jail or prison sentences, substantial monetary fines, and other penalties. A criminal DUI case holds the defendant accountable for breaking the law. However, it does not...

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Average Settlement for Car Accident Back and Neck Injury

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If you sustained neck or back injuries from a car accident caused by another driver’s negligence you may be entitled to compensation. Neck and back pain are often soft tissue injuries, but they can be some of the most painful injuries to cope with and can lead to serious life-long issues. Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles reported 152,768 vehicle crashes that resulted in injury in 2019.  Average Settlement for Car Accident Back and Neck Injury There are a lot of variations in back and neck injuries from car accidents. That means that the average settlement of car accident back and neck injuries is not a specific number. Your neck and back injury settlement will depend on the severity of your injuries, treatment, prognosis, and other individual factors including: The degree of the negligence of the party that caused the accident; The extent of damage to the vehicle and other property; Whether the negligent party was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol; The amount of insurance available; Whether you have pre-existing conditions of back or neck pain; Ability to prove causation; Your percentage of contributory negligence; and The extent of other damages that affect your quality of life.  Though there is no average settlement for a car accident back and neck injury, there is a clear path to get you the relief you deserve. Because there are a lot of components to a neck and back injury settlement, you may want to consider consulting a Florida personal injury attorney.  Neck and Back Pain After a Car Accident Even low-impact collisions can cause injuries such as whiplash, which can occur at speeds as slow as 2.5 miles per hour. Back and neck injuries from car accidents can last a few days or can be debilitating for life. Some of the most common neck and back injuries include: Whiplash, Soft tissue damage, Muscle strains and sprains, Herniated or slipped disc, Bruising or lacerations, Spinal stenosis, Spinal fracture, and Paralysis. Some of these injuries may not present themselves immediately. Adrenaline can help mask pain immediately following a car accident. Some injuries may go undetected for days or weeks. It is important to be seen by a doctor as soon as possible after a car accident, even if you do not think that your injuries are significant. Not only is this ideal for your neck and back injury settlement, but it is also best for your health.  Available Damages for Your Neck and Back Injuries Settlement Depending on your injuries, there are multiple types of relief you may receive from your neck and back injury settlement. Economic Damages for a Neck and Back Injury Settlement  Economic damages cover all expenses that you would not have incurred had it not been for the car accident. These are actual costs that are recorded and can be proven. Economic damages can include: Damage to the vehicle or other property, Doctor bills, Hospitalization,  Surgical procedures, Prescriptions, Ongoing treatment, Costs for care or assistance due to injury, Loss of wages, and Reduced earning capacity. These are all expenses associated with your neck or back injury that you can assign a price to. It is important to keep a detailed record of all payments or invoices to accurately calculate your neck and back injury settlement amount.  Non-Economic Damages for Your Neck and Back Injury Settlement Non-economic damages consist of compensation for how your injury affects your life in non-monetary ways. These damages do not involve actual financial expenses. Non-economic damages are generally harder to define and prove but are an important part of your settlement. For your neck and back injury settlement, these may include: Pain and suffering, Emotional distress, Anxiety and depression, Permanent disability, Post-traumatic stress, Loss of enjoyment of life, and  Loss of consortium. These damages cover relief in ways that extend beyond finances. Just because you have been financially compensated for your back and neck pain expenses does not mean that your quality of life has been restored back to order. T here is a good chance that you will always harbor some sort of pain from the injury, and you should be compensated for that.  How to Get the Most Out of Your Car Accident Neck and Back Injury Settlement The amount you receive for your neck and back injury settlement will depend largely on your injuries, but there are steps you can take to ensure you are in the best position to be awarded the compensation you deserve.  Receive Medical Attention Even if you believe that your injury was minor, you should still be seen by a physician. It can take days, weeks, or even months for your injury to surface. Do not procrastinate and hope it gets better.  In Florida, you must receive medical attention within 14 days of your accident to take advantage of your personal injury protection insurance. This insurance is the basic minimum coverage required in Florida. It will not cover vehicle damage or other costs outside of medical expenses and loss of wages. The maximum this insurance will cover is $10,000. Treatment for your injuries could potentially exceed this coverage quickly, which is why it is important to know your options.  Not all neck and back injuries present themselves immediately. Some common early signs of injury may include: Headaches, Neck and shoulder stiffness,  Upper back pain, Lower back pain, Abdominal pain, and Numbness or tingling.  Minor discomfort could be a bigger problem later and should be addressed as early as possible, both for your personal injury case and for your wellbeing.  File an Accident Report with the Police Anytime you are in an accident, it is in your best interest to have the police arrive on-scene and file a report. This report should detail the cause of the accident, which could help you in any dispute over comparative negligence. Even if you were partially at fault, you may still recover damages.  Do Not Sign Anything Insurance companies are often quick to offer low settlement amounts. 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Bulging Disc from Car Accident Settlement

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Though they occur every day, no one ever expects to be involved in a car accident. However, the trauma of a car accident is further complicated if you suffer a debilitating injury. Though common, bulging disc injuries affect everyone differently. If you suffered a bulging disc injury from a car accident, settlement with the other driver’s insurance may be an option for you. The severity of your injury affects your bulging disc settlement value. Contact a personal injury attorney to review the facts of your case and possible bulging disc car accident compensation.  What Is a Bulging Disc? In our back, we have multiple discs positioned between our vertebrae to cushion our movements. Soft cartilage wraps each disc, shaped to fit between the vertebrae it cushions. As we age, the discs change shape and begin to protrude. Bulging disc is the term applied to these protruding discs.  Bulging discs can exist anywhere from the neck to the lower back. Though relatively common and often painless, bulging discs become uncomfortable when irritated or when a disc rests against the nerves of your spine.  Bulging discs can cause a wide array of symptoms, many not directly associated with the bulging disc’s location. Typically, these injuries cause headaches, numbness, pain in the neck, face, shoulder, back, and hands. A bulging disc in the lower back may cause numbness, pins-and-needles, and weakness in the legs. While bulging discs occur due to age and general deterioration, they may also be caused by traumatic events like a car accident. In these situations, you may wonder what your rights are for bulging disc car accident compensation.  Is There An Average Settlement For a Bulging Disc? Due to the wide range of injuries a bulging disc may cause, there is no average settlement for a bulging disc from a car accident. You can seek a settlement for a bulging disc injury in the neck or spine. However, you may wonder how much would a settlement be for a bulging disc injury you suffered. Various factors influence a bulging disc settlement value.  Age  As you age, your risk of suffering a bulging disc injury increases. Additionally, as you age, your ability to recover more quickly from injuries lessens. Therefore, age and your ability to recover will play a factor in your bulging disc settlement.  Medical History  Even if you had a bulging disc or another injury before your accident, this does not prevent you from pursuing a bulging disc from car accident settlement. Insurance companies may attempt to call your bulging disc a pre-existing injury.  You can receive compensation even for a pre-existing injury if the accident made your injury worse. However, you may receive less for your bulging disc car accident compensation than you would with a new injury. Salary & Lost Wages If your bulging disc keeps you from working, you have a right to recover your lost wages in your settlement. The higher your pre-injury wages, the higher your bulging disc settlement may be.   Nature of Injury  A bulging disc settlement value is affected by the prognosis of your injury after your car accident. For example, if your bulging disc injury improves over a few months, your bulging disc car accident compensation may not be substantial. In contrast, if you suffer lifelong issues such as chronic pain, limited mobility, inability to work, and other symptoms as a result of your bulging disc after a car accident, your settlement amount may be greater.  Pain and Suffering In many cases, a bulging disc injury can cause pain and suffering, including psychological and emotional symptoms that are not easily quantifiable. For example, if your bulging disc injury causes chronic pain, this may result in emotional stresses since you cannot return to your everyday life before your injury. These types of injuries, while difficult to quantify, may also increase the settlement value of your case. Bulging Disc Injuries and Insurance Companies  Insurance companies are not eager to pay out fair bulging disc settlements. Insurance companies may claim your injury was pre-existing in an effort to reduce your compensation. Additionally, they may attempt to claim you were at fault for the accident. For these reasons, it’s essential to have an experienced personal injury attorney representing your interests. Many unrepresented and injured parties settle for less compensation than they would have received if they retained a personal injury attorney.  Personal injury attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk carefully compile necessary evidence and documentation to strengthen your claim. We guide clients on their path to recovery through diligent representation and advocacy.  What Should I Do About Treatment For My Bulging Disc?  After suffering a suspected bulging disc injury, it’s best to seek medical attention to receive an assessment from a medical professional. For purposes of your bulging disc settlement, retain all medical records regarding your injury. Your diagnosis and prognosis are all factors impacting your bulging disc settlement value.  How Long Can the Bulging Disc From a Car Accident Settlement Process Take?  If parties agree to a settlement, an insurance company must pay the claim within 20 days. If it is a personal injury protection claim, the insurance company must pay the claim within 30 days. Timelines are dependent, however, on the ability of the parties to reach a satisfactory settlement.  There are many reasons why a settlement may take longer to reach. Disputed Factual and Legal Issues In many situations, the parties may not agree on various factual or legal issues relating to a bulging disc injury. For example, there may be a dispute regarding the injury’s severity or who is at fault for the accident.  Settlement Value  If your bulging disc settlement value is likely to be high, your case might take longer. Insurance companies are not eager to pay out large sums of money in lawsuits, so they are more likely to contest legal or factual issues in high-value cases. Medical Improvement If your bulging disc injury is ongoing, with no resolution of your symptoms, it may be difficult to reach...

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