Valuing Injury Claims

Do Car Accident Settlements Cover Chiropractic Treatment?

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Many car accidents result in back and neck injuries or nerve damage. If you do not receive treatment for a back or neck injury, you may suffer long term pain and discomfort. Seeing a chiropractor after your accident is one way to avoid long term complications from injuries. If a negligent driver caused your car accident, you may be able to receive compensation from them or their insurance company. This compensation can cover the costs of seeing a chiropractor. There are some things you should know about compensation for chiropractor costs and your car accident claim. When Should I See a Chiropractor? Even if you do not experience immediate pain, it is a good idea to see a doctor after your accident. You should seek medical attention after a car accident whether or not you think you are injured. Some injuries are not apparent right away. You may start to feel pain or discomfort hours or even days after the accident occurs. Seeing a doctor can help you identify and treat injuries before they become worse. If your doctor recommends chiropractic treatment, you should see a chiropractor. Chiropractors can help you heal and rehabilitate after a back or neck injury.  You should listen to your doctor and chiropractor and continue to receive chiropractic treatment for as long as they recommend. Your chiropractor can also help you document your injuries and your recovery process, which can be helpful supporting evidence for a personal injury lawsuit. Will a Car Accident Settlement Cover My Chiropractic Treatment in Florida? A car accident plaintiff who proves that the other party’s negligence caused their injuries is entitled to compensation for reasonably necessary medical expenses. Courts consider chiropractic treatment a medical expense. This means that your personal injury settlement can cover your chiropractic treatment as long as the treatment was reasonably necessary. Your attorney can produce carefully documented treatment records to prove to a jury that the treatment was necessary.  While some people are skeptical about whether chiropractic treatment is effective, this will not prevent you from receiving damages that include the cost of your treatment. The main obstacle to receiving compensation for your chiropractic expenses will be establishing that all of the treatment you received was needed to treat your injuries.  Negotiating with Insurance Agents We will likely have to negotiate a settlement with the responsible driver’s insurance company. Most personal injury cases are resolved through settlements and do not get in front of a jury. The responsible driver’s insurance company may try to offer you a settlement amount that does not cover the full cost of your chiropractic bills. This is where hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer can greatly benefit you. Your personal injury lawyer will know how a jury is likely to decide your car accident claim. They can use this information as leverage to negotiate a higher settlement with the insurance agent. If you have a strong claim and evidence showing that all your chiropractic expenses were necessary, you have a better chance of convincing an insurance agent to pay your full chiropractic costs through a settlement. How Can We Help with Your Accident Case? If you or a loved one saw a chiropractor after your accident, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can help you get the compensation you deserve. With over 30 years of experience handling a variety of personal injury claims, our attorneys will know how to handle insurance agents who are reluctant to give you a fair settlement. Our attorneys can gather medical records and support for your claim to establish that you should recover the full cost of your chiropractic expenses. We will advocate passionately for you and make your case a top priority. Get Your Accident Questions Answered Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk with all of your car accident questions. Our experienced attorneys and staff are ready to listen to the details of your personal injury claim and discuss next steps. Call us today to start the process to pursue the compensation for your post-accident chiropractic expenses.

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Average Settlement for a Fractured Sternum After a Car Accident

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The sternum is an incredibly important part of the human body. Also known as the breastbone, it sits at the front of the ribcage and helps protect the heart, lungs, and major blood vessels from injury. If you suffer damage to your sternum, it can cause great pain. Sternum fractures might make you unable to work for months and leave you and your family with significant medical costs. So, if you file a claim for an injury like this, what can you expect to recover? Is there an average settlement for a fractured sternum?  Causes of Fractured Sternums and Secondary Injuries Most fractured sternums are the result of impact trauma. This can happen in a slip and fall accident or other negligence situation, but it is most likely to occur during an auto accident. The person’s chest may hit the steering wheel, glove compartment, or dashboard. In addition, a taut seatbelt or fully inflated airbag can cause the sternum to fracture. These safety measures can keep a passenger from being thrown from the vehicle during an accident, but the violent nature of a crash can still cause injury.  Unfortunately, sternum injuries can sometimes result in very serious secondary injuries. This includes injuries to the heart, lungs, and all the vessels that provide blood to the chest and its organs. In addition, the impact may cause damage to the abdominal area and its organs like the spleen and stomach. Other bones and major nerves may experience injury as well. This may mean a person cracks a rib or damages the spinal cord. One of the scariest possible car accident injuries, a traumatic brain injury, can also be tied to sternum fractures.  What Compensation Can I Collect? Florida personal injury damages consist of three general categories: economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic Damages Economic damages cover the concrete losses a victim suffers due to an accident. This is usually the easiest category to prove. This includes any accrued medical bills, lost wages, and damage to your vehicle. As long as you provide the right documentation to prove the costs, there is no limit to this category in Florida. Non-Economic Damages This category compensates for injuries that are a little harder to put a number to but are still significant losses. This includes damages for physical pain and suffering, emotional and psychological trauma, loss of quality of life, and indefinite other losses. As with economic damages, there is no limit (cap) to this category in Florida. However, it is important to consult with an attorney before accepting a fractured sternum injury settlement to make sure you are being properly compensated. Punitive Damages The first two types of damages are compensatory damages, intended to compensate you for your losses. On the other hand, punitive damages, as the name suggests, punish a defendant and send a message. Courts typically award these damages only in the most serious personal injury cases when the at-fault party commits extreme and reckless conduct that results in injury. They are generally capped at three times the amount the plaintiff receives in compensatory damages. What Is the Average Broken Sternum Car Accident Settlement? The simple answer is, there is no average settlement. Every single personal injury case is different, and this is true even for each fractured sternum claim. Insurance companies often try to get victims to accept lowball offers that don’t cover all the losses they suffered or will suffer as a result of the accident. This is why it is important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney through a free consultation. They can help you calculate a fair amount to seek in settlement but will also prepare to take your case to trial if necessary.  Fractured Sternum in Florida? Call Abrahamson & Uiterwyk for a Free Consultation Today! If you suffered a broken sternum or any related secondary injury due to someone else’s negligence, we know that you might be struggling. In addition to the physical pain, you are probably worried about the medical bills and wages you’ll lose if you aren’t able to work.  At Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we are here to help. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys will put our years of experience to work for you and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. We have offices in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, and New Port Richey and offer a free case evaluation. Get in touch with us anytime via phone at 855-293-5630, text us at 727-312-1275, or fill out our online contact form.

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What Are Average Sciatica Car Accident Settlement Amounts

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Sciatic nerve pain can develop over time as you age, or it can result from acute trauma, such as a car accident. For some sufferers, the pain is more like a dull ache and is relatively minor. However, others report an excruciating burning and stinging pain that affects their every move. If you were injured in a car accident that resulted in sciatic nerve pain, you might be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Sciatica car accident settlements vary, which is why it’s essential to speak with an experienced Tampa car accident lawyer who can help. Symptoms of Sciatica After a Car Accident Sciatica refers to the pain that radiates down your sciatic nerve, which starts in your lower back and travels through your hips and buttocks and down your legs. Most people report pain on one side of their body only, but it can affect both sides in rare cases. The problem often comes from a herniated disc that puts pressure on the sciatic nerve, but other injuries can result in sciatica pain.   Sciatica after a car accident can develop right away, or it could take a few days. Symptoms will vary depending on your injury location and severity. Some potential symptoms include: Tingling or burning in your leg, often made worse when sitting down; Sharp pain when you stand up or try to walk; Constant pain in one leg or side of the buttocks; Numbness or weakness when moving the foot or leg; and Difficulty bending the foot upward, known as “foot drop.” Symptoms can come and go for some, while others report constant pain unless they are lying down or in another position that alleviates the pressure on the nerve. Average Settlement for Sciatica After An Accident Understandably, many prospective clients want to know, Can a car accident cause sciatica? Despite what the other driver’s insurance company will try to make you believe, car accidents can result in disc injuries that cause sciatic nerve pain. That means if you develop sciatica after a car accident, compensation could be included in a settlement amount. However, no set amount or range determines how much you could receive for your injuries. Every person’s injuries are different, and therefore they are evaluated on an individual basis.    Factors That Impact Compensation Multiple things can affect your potential settlement or jury award. The factors that can impact your compensation most include:   The severity of the accident; What your injuries are; The severity of your injuries; The type and length of your treatments; The amount of time you lost from work; Your future medical needs; Whether you now have a disability rating; How much impact the accident had on your daily activities; and Your physical pain and suffering. Keep a pain journal and document how your injuries impacted your life. Be sure to share all the details with your lawyer.   Will a Lawyer Help Me Get More Money Hiring a Tampa car accident law firm like Abrahamson & Uiterwyk can work to obtain more money in a sciatica car accident settlement. We have the experience necessary to fight for the compensation you deserve. We’ve represented over 20,000 injury victims in Florida, earning a successful reputation for helping our clients recover over $300,000,000 to date. How We Can Help with Your Case When you hire the Tampa car accident attorneys at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk, we will help with every aspect of your case. We will conduct a thorough independent examination and gather all the evidence necessary to prove your case. You won’t need to worry about dealing with the at-fault driver’s insurance company either. We will handle all communications and negotiations with all responsible parties. We will prepare your case for trial if it doesn’t resolve through negotiations. We have more than three decades of experience. Let us put our experience to work for you. Contact Abrahamson & Uiterwyk today to schedule a consultation. Get Your Accident Questions Answered Prospective clients often have questions before meeting with us. Here are answers to some of the most common questions we get to help you prepare for your initial consultation. Will I Receive Any Compensation If I’m Partially at Fault? Florida law allows you to collect for a portion of your damages even if you share some responsibility for the accident. That is because Florida is a pure comparative negligence state. For example, if you are 30% at fault, you could still receive 70% of your damages. How Soon After the Accident Should I Retain an Attorney? The sooner you retain an attorney, the better it is for your case. We can immediately start working on gathering evidence and strengthening your liability argument. Early representation can also reduce the risk of you saying something to the insurance company that could jeopardize your case, such as an answer in a recorded statement. How Much Does It Cost to Retain an Attorney? Most car accident attorneys work on a contingency basis. You aren’t responsible for any upfront fees or costs. Your attorney will take a percentage of your settlement or jury award to cover their expenses and costs. That means if you don’t recover any compensation, you won’t be responsible for paying any attorney’s fees or costs.

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What Should I Expect from the Car Accident Injury Settlement Process with State Farm?

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Car accident injury in Florida? This article will help you understand the factors that most impact the potential settlement amount for your injuries and damages when dealing with State Farm. Handling a car accident injury settlement with an insurance company can be complicated and stressful. Unfortunately, this process cannot always be avoided. However, an experienced personal injury attorney can play a pivotal role in obtaining a favorable settlement. If you have been involved in a car accident in Florida and are overwhelmed with handling the claims process with State Farm, or any other insurance company for that matter, we want to help. The Tampa car accident lawyers at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk have a reputation for excellence in helping car accident victims recover. We have extensive experience dealing with insurance companies, and we are ready and willing to fight for your rights to get you the compensation you deserve. What You Need to Know About State Farm Accident Settlements The Florida car accident settlement process can be strenuous and time-consuming. To make matters worse, it often feels as if insurance companies, like State Farm, will try anything they can to deny your claim or pay out as little as possible. However, there are some important things you should know that can help you maximize your State Farm accident settlement. What Steps to Take After a Car Accident in Florida The time immediately following a car accident in Florida is crucial. If you are able, there are a few important steps that you should take to give yourself your best shot at success: Stop and check for injuries;  Call the police and report the accident; Get identification and contact information of other parties involved in the accident; Gather evidence to support your claim; Take photographs of the scene and the vehicles involved Collect witness statements; Seek medical attention to further assess any injuries; and Continue to monitor how you feel in the coming days and weeks.  Unless you have sustained substantial injuries in your car accident, in which case you should seek medical attention immediately, it is imperative that you take the above steps. State Farm may try to deny your claim for a number of reasons. However, taking the appropriate steps and collecting as much information and evidence as possible can go a long way in preventing your claim from being denied. What to Do If You Are Insured by State Farm  Once you’ve made sure to take the proper steps immediately after your accident, it is time to begin your claims process. If you have sustained injuries or property damage in a car accident and you are insured by State Farm, the first step in this process will be to contact State Farm to file your claim. In fact, your policy will often require this. Failure to promptly file your claim could result in losing out on valuable compensation you may be owed. You can file a claim online or by calling 800-SF-CLAIM (800-732-5246). Once you file your claim, State Farm will assign an insurance adjuster to investigate your claim and negotiate your settlement with you. However, it is important to note that you do not have to sign or accept any settlement that State Farm offers you. We would always recommend consulting with an attorney before agreeing to any settlement to ensure that you do not miss out on any compensation you may be entitled to. What to Do If State Farm Contacts You If you are not insured by State Farm and they contact you, know that you are not obligated to speak with their representatives. In this scenario, State Farm does not represent your best interests. Rather, they will have a strong financial incentive to protect the interests of their insured. Thus, State Farm will likely do everything in its power to deny your accident claims outright or negotiate the lowest possible settlement. Dealing with another party’s insurance company can feel intimidating. Our car accident attorneys can take on this burden and communicate with them on your behalf. Don’t feel pressured to accept any offer until you have had a chance to review it with a lawyer. What Is the Average State Farm Settlement Amount for Whiplash? Unfortunately, there is no “average” settlement amount for a whiplash claim or any other bodily injury resulting from a car accident. However, there are certain factors that exist that can help you determine your potential recovery. What Compensation Can I Recover? In a Florida car accident case, there are generally two types of damages for which you may receive compensation: compensatory damages, which can be broken down into economic and non-economic damages, and punitive damages. Economic damages are the monetary losses that you incur as a result of your accident. These include: Past and future medical expenses; Property damage; Loss of earning capacity; and  Lost wages.  Economic damages will help compensate you for your financial losses. Thus, it is important to get the full amount you are owed from the insurance company so that you can begin to recover. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more subjective and can be difficult to ascertain and calculate. Examples of non-economic damages include: Pain and suffering;  Loss of enjoyment of activities; and  Loss of consortium.  Economic damages will help compensate you for your financial losses. Thus, it is important to get the full amount you are owed from the insurance company so that you can begin to recover. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, are more subjective and can be difficult to ascertain and calculate. Examples of non-economic damages include: Are There Any Limits to My Amount of Recovery?  In Florida, there are no limits to the amount of compensatory damages a court can award in a car accident lawsuit. However, State Farm will not be obligated to offer a settlement amount above the policy limit. Thus, if your actual damages exceed State Farm’s settlement offer, you may need to begin to consider whether you want to settle or seek a higher...

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How Much Can I Get in a Rear-End Collision Settlement?

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Rear-ended in Florida? This article will help you understand the factors that most impact the potential settlement amount for your injuries and damages. Rear-end collisions can leave unsuspecting victims with multiple injuries. Some of the most common injuries in these accidents can occur to the neck, back, head, and rotator cuff. Most people think about head and neck injuries in a rear-end accident. However, they may not realize their shoulder pain may also be related. If you injured your rotator cuff in a car accident, you might be entitled to reimbursement for your damages as well as your pain and suffering.  When you retain a professional Florida car accident attorney, we will help you fight for compensation for all of your injuries, time off work, pain and suffering, and more. Is There an “Average” Rear-End Accident Amount? It’s important to understand that if you’re presenting a claim after being rear-ended, the settlement amount will vary in each case. There is no average settlement amount for a rear-end accident or any other type of personal injury claim. The reason for this is that each claim is unique, and the accident circumstances aren’t always the same. Photos of Rear-End Collisions Involving Our Injury Clients What Types of Injuries are Most Common in Rear-End Car Accidents? Depending on the severity of the collision, the types of injuries will differ. Some of the most common ones include head, neck, back, and shoulder injuries. Concussions can happen regularly in rear-end collisions as your head may strike something in the vehicle. Head injuries are not always immediately apparent either. Sometimes it can take 24 hours for someone to realize they have a concussion. In more severe collisions, you may suffer a traumatic brain injury. Symptoms like headaches, blurry vision, sensitivity to light, or an inability to concentrate can be telltale signs of a head injury. Many plaintiffs overlook their shoulder pain and mistakenly assume it’s just sore. Torn rotator cuffs are painful and more common than people realize in rear-end accidents. Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include: Shoulder and muscle weakness; Radiating pain down your arm; Limited range of motion in your shoulder; Clicking or popping sound when you move the painful shoulder; Struggling to raise your arm above your head; Swelling in your shoulder area; Neck or upper back pain; and Severe or sudden pain on the outer side of your shoulder. Your back and neck pain may only be soft tissue damage, or there could be something more serious going on. Having x-rays and even MRIs may be necessary to determine the extent of your injuries. Spinal injuries may be severe and cause pinch nerves, leaving you in excruciating pain and unable to walk. If conservative treatment options fail, you may need steroid injections or even surgery.   How Does the Type of Injury Sustained in a Rear-End Accident Impact the Amount of the Settlement? The type of injury you sustained will impact the overall rear-end accident settlement value in multiple ways. Your amount of medical bills is a primary example. Consider someone who has $200,000 in medical bills compared with someone who has $2,000 in bills. The plaintiff with several hundred thousand in bills will be asking for far more than the other person. Some injuries are more serious and therefore may be entitled to a higher dollar amount for pain and suffering. Someone who suffered only a mild case of whiplash will not receive the same settlement as someone who had to undergo multiple neck and back surgeries. Case values are based on a combination of other factors as well, such as loss of earnings, future treatment, disability, and physical vehicle damages. This is why no two rear-end collision settlements are the same.  Is the Driver Who Rear-Ends the Other Vehicle Always at Fault? No, the driver who rear-ends someone isn’t necessarily at fault. One common example of this is with a multi-car rear-end collision. The car that rear-ended you may have been pushed into you by the vehicle behind them. There are several other situations where the driver who rear-ends the vehicle in front is not entirely at fault. Perhaps the front vehicle suddenly reverses, or it has no working brake lights and stops suddenly. Or perhaps the front vehicle broke down and the driver didn’t put their emergency flashers on or try to pull the vehicle off the road. In situations like this, the driver in front may be at least partially at fault for the accident.  What Evidence Is Most Critical in Determining Fault in a Rear-End Collision? Determining fault in a rear-end collision is not always straightforward. While skid marks, witness statements, and scene photos are important pieces of evidence, they don’t always tell the whole story. Sometimes you need an expert to review the physical vehicle damages and witness statements. This can be accomplished by retaining an accident reconstructionist. These experts conduct a thorough review of the accident and provide a scientific answer as to how the collision occurred. They may also go as far as recreating the accident to duplicate the crash conditions in a controlled environment. The use of experts is typically reserved for cases with severe injuries and/or disputed liability. What Are Some Examples of Rear-End Cases That Abrahamson & Uiterwyk Has Handled? Our Florida car accident attorneys have handled numerous rear-end collision cases in our over 30 years of experience. Many of these cases resolved with six-figure settlements for our clients. Several rear-end collision settlement examples are: $875,000 for a 36-year-old female who suffered cervical and lumbar spine injuries; $750,000 for a client who sustained multiple injuries; $550,000 for a client who suffered severe injuries after the defendant failed to observe stopped traffic ahead; $525,000 for a 62-year-old man who had multiple surgeries to repair shoulder and cervical spine injuries after a serious rear-end collision; $500,000 for a 21-year-old passenger injured in a rear-ended vehicle who sustained herniations to their neck and back that required injections and surgery; and $500,000 for a 52-year-old...

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Pain and Suffering in Florida and the Average Settlement Amount

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If you sustained serious injuries in a car accident, you might be considering legal action to recover your damages. Personal injury attorneys generally include pain and suffering in the list of damages that victims might be entitled to recover in an insurance claim or lawsuit. Florida law, although complex, does allow accident victims to recover compensation for pain, suffering, and mental anguish. To recover this compensation, however, the victim’s injuries must meet the statutory standards for severity. If you do qualify for pain and suffering in Florida, you may be curious what the average pain and suffering settlements are in cases like yours. Talking to a Florida car accident lawyer is the best way to determine what the approximate value of your claim might be. Can I Sue for Pain and Suffering Under Florida Law? Under the Florida statutes for pain and suffering, accident victims can recover compensation “…for pain, suffering, mental anguish, and inconvenience because of bodily injury, sickness, or disease.” However, the victim’s injuries must meet at least one of the following standards: Significant and permanent loss of an important bodily function; Permanent injury within a reasonable degree of medical probability, other than scarring or disfigurement; or Significant and permanent scarring or disfigurement. The statutes also allow recovery for pain and suffering if the victim died as a result of their injuries. In these cases, the victim’s family members can call on a wrongful death lawyer to help them pursue a claim. AVERAGE PAIN AND SUFFERING SETTLMENTS FAQ Is There an Average Pain and Suffering Settlement Amount in Florida? If you have been searching for information about average pain and suffering settlement amounts in Florida, you might be getting frustrated by the lack of answers. The reason you won’t find any accurate information about average injury settlements is that every case is unique. Even if you find pain and suffering settlement examples online, this information likely has little or no relevance to your case. To quickly and accurately identify the potential value of your claim, take advantage of the free consultation and case evaluation offered by Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our attorneys review the facts of your case and provide you with relevant information that applies specifically to your claim and potential settlement value. PAIN AND SUFFERING SETTLMENT CALCULATOR FAQ Can I Calculate My Pain and Suffering Compensation Amount Accurately Without Speaking to a Lawyer? A quick internet search will provide access to any number of personal injury settlement calculators. Some of these calculators specifically address car accident settlement pain and suffering values. Before you rely on these calculators to provide an accurate estimate of your claim’s value, however, consider these facts. Insurance Companies Do Not Use Settlement Calculators The insurance company reviewing your injury claim and settlement demand will take whatever steps are necessary to minimize their payout to you. Actuaries and legal experts will evaluate your injuries and prognosis personally before deciding how much compensation is appropriate. If you use a calculator to determine how much compensation you deserve, the results are unlikely to be accurate and could be potentially misleading for you. Calculators Cannot Interpret How Florida Law Applies to Your Injuries Florida law allows victims to be compensated for pain and suffering only under very specific circumstances. No automated approach to calculating personal injury damages can interpret how the law might apply to your case or what the statutes will allow you to recover in your claim. The Value of Your Pain and Suffering Is Unique No two accident victims (or their injuries) are alike. For this reason, you need a legal expert to analyze your case. A Florida car accident attorney understands how to calculate pain and suffering based on your case details and what’s allowable under state law. AVERAGE PAIN AND SUFFERING SETTLMENT FAQ How Does Florida’s Injury Threshold Affect Your Pain and Suffering Claim? As touched on above, section 627.737 of the Florida Statutes identifies the requirements necessary to recover pain and suffering in an injury accident claim. To summarize these requirements in the simplest way, your injuries must be considered permanent and significant in the eyes of the court. Scarring and disfigurement typically meet the standard. Loss of bodily function also meets the standard. However, the way the statute is worded might suggest that you won’t qualify for pain and suffering if you didn’t lose a limb or suffer paralysis. In fact, a large percentage of Florida injury accident victims do qualify to receive compensation for their pain, suffering, and mental anguish. Before you become discouraged or abandon your hope for recovering fair compensation for your damages, talk to an attorney. No one is better suited to determine the viability and value of your case than an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer. How Do You Prove That You Meet the Injury Threshold? Your lawyer understands how to investigate and document your claim appropriately. Attorneys have resources, including medical and economic subject matter experts, that can be used to build a persuasive case. To demonstrate the value of your claim, your attorney might use documentation and evidence such as: Medical bills, Wage statements, Vocational expert opinions, Medical expert opinions, and Economic expert opinions. Your attorney will demonstrate not only the severity of your injuries but how your injuries affect your life—both now and in the future. Your lawyer understands how to calculate the true value of your injuries and other damages. Armed with this knowledge, your lawyer will be in the best position to negotiate for the greatest settlement value. TYPICAL PAIN AND SUFFERING SETTLMENT FAQ Why Should You Talk to a Personal Injury Lawyer About Your Pain and Suffering Claim? As an accident victim, your priorities must be recovering from your injuries and getting your life back on track. You should not have to wonder whether you have a valid claim or if you qualify for pain and suffering as a part of your settlement. You also shouldn’t have to figure out all the legal details of a claim, like whether...

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What Is the Average Settlement for Spinal Fusion Personal Injury Cases?

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Spinal injuries can devastate your life. They often require extensive medical care and may leave you unable to work. If you sustained injuries that require you to have spinal fusion surgery, you might want to consider pursuing legal action against the at-fault party. A spinal fusion lawsuit settlement can ensure you get the treatment you need and cover your expenses when your injuries prevent you from working. To determine the average settlement for spinal fusion surgery, you must consider a variety of factors. Talking to an experienced personal injury lawyer is the best way understand how much your case could be worth, and what you need to do to maximize your settlement. Is There an Average Settlement Amount for Spinal Fusion Injury Claims? No two spinal injury cases are alike. For that reason, it is impossible to determine an average claim value for fusion surgery cases. Even personal injury settlement calculators cannot evaluate all the details of your case. These are clickbait; they do not accurately assess your case. You could get a better idea of what your case is worth by looking at the outcome of similar cases. The only way to know the actual value of your case, however, is to have your case evaluated by an experienced spine injury attorney. Return to top ↑ Examples of Spinal Fusion Injury Lawsuit Settlements Achieved by Abrahamson & Uiterwyk $875,000/ Motor Vehicle Accident/ Pinellas County, Florida Our client was traveling south on East Lake Road in Palm Harbor, FL when she stopped at a traffic light.  The defendant negligently failed to come to a stop and caused a rear end collision with our client’s vehicle. After treating for her injuries for about three months, she realized that she needed legal help to fight the insurance company. After seeing our firm’s advertising and looking at our website, she hired Abrahamson & Uiterwyk. Our client had immediate complaints in her neck and back after the accident, and she sought treatment shortly thereafter. Even though it was fairly clear who was at fault for the accident, the case presented many, many challenges. Challenging cases are something we are accustomed to. One problem is that our client did not visit the emergency room on the day of the accident. The case was further complicated by the fact that our client had seen an orthopedic surgeon for neck problems not long before the accident and had an MRI scan done. That scan showed similar findings to the MRI that was taken after the accident. This made proving that the accident caused our client’s neck problems difficult. After her initial treatment, our client underwent a number of injections in an effort to alleviate her pain, which had been worsening. She later required a neck fusion operation when the injections failed to provide significant relief. We eventually provided the insurance company with a detailed case summary and suggested a settlement amount taking into account our client’s medical bills, lost wages, injuries and pain and suffering. The insurance company was very hesitant to fairly compensate our client for her injuries. In fact, the initial offer from the company was a paltry $9,500. Nevertheless, we continued to aggressively challenge the insurance company and continued to advocate on behalf of our injured client. The insurance company continued to argue that our client’s neck problems were all pre-existing and not caused by the accident. We negotiated over an extensive period of time. During that time, we hired a forensic radiologist to compare and contrast the MRIs taken before and after the accident. The extra efforts and strategic tactics of hiring a forensic radiologist was helpful. We caused the insurance company to be increasingly concerned about the seriousness of this case. While the insurer was increasing their offers, we were still not convinced that they were fairly compensating our client. Ultimately, after approximately 20 offers and demands were exchanged, we were able to obtain a $875,000.00 settlement for our client. For a better idea of how much money you could get from a spinal fusion surgery lawsuit settlement, consider some of the outcomes Abrahamson & Uiterwyk has achieved for past clients: $1,529,282 jury verdict for spinal injuries a client sustained in a Levy County, FL car accident; $875,000 settlement for spinal injuries a client sustained in a Pinellas County, FL car accident; $750,000 settlement for spinal injuries a client sustained in a Duval County, FL premises liability accident; and $525,000 settlement for cervical spine injuries a client sustained in a Pinellas County, FL car accident. These cases are only a sampling of our achievements over the past 30 years. Our personal injury attorneys have helped more than 20,000 clients, collecting in excess of $300 million dollars in compensation. Our experienced lawyers get results. When you trust us to handle your spinal fusion surgery claim, you will benefit from our depth of knowledge and personalized level of service. Return to top ↑ What Types of Accidents Can Lead to Spinal Fusion Surgery? Although any type of serious accident can lead to devastating spinal injuries, the most common causes include: Car accidents, Motorcycle accidents, Truck accidents, Pedestrian accidents, Bicycle accidents, Slip and fall accidents, Medical malpractice, Construction accidents, and Defective products. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may require fusion surgery for your cervical spine (the neck area) or your lumbar spine (the back). Any accident that caused significant jolting or jarring to your spine can lead to vertebral fractures, herniated discs, and similar types of damage. For many accident victims, spinal fusion surgery is the only way to treat these injuries successfully. Return to top ↑ What Factors Influence the Value of a Spinal Fusion Surgery Settlement? The value of any personal injury claim depends on the actual damages suffered by the victim. Some of the most common types of spinal injury damages include: Medical treatment costs, Lost wages and benefits, Diminished earning capacity, Diminished quality of life, Pain and suffering, and Emotional trauma. Whenever a victim requires surgery after a...

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What Is the Average Motorcycle Accident Settlement in Florida?

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Did you or a loved one sustain injuries in a Florida motorcycle accident? If so, you might be curious about the potential value of your claim. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness caused your accident and injuries, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. You may be eligible to recover the cost of your medical treatment, lost income, pain and suffering, and more. Because the value of your claim will depend on the details of your case, a Florida motorcycle injury attorney can help you determine what your potential settlement value might be. How Is a Potential Motorcycle Accident Settlement Calculated? The value of your potential settlement depends on the types of injuries you sustained and how they will affect your life in the future. If you suffered significant injuries that potentially affect your ability to work, these factors would typically increase your claim’s likely value. If you sustained a disabling injury or if you need long-term treatment and care, you might also expect a more substantial award. On the other hand, if you suffered minor injuries and can go back to work quickly, your claim’s value might be smaller. Personal injury attorneys calculate the value of motorcycle accident claims based on actual damages sustained by the victim. Your damages might include: Medical care and treatment costs, Lost wages and benefits, Costs to repair or replace your bike, Pain and suffering, and Emotional damages. In addition to the amount of your actual damages, the at-fault party’s level of negligence could affect the value of your claim. For example, in the case of gross negligence, juries often award punitive damages to send a stronger message. Finally, your settlement amount could vary depending on whether you settle out of court or go to trial. Most injury accident victims have the right to pursue financial, physical, and emotional damages from the at-fault party. A Florida motorcycle accident lawyer can calculate the value of your claim based on the facts of your case and help you recover compensation. Return to top ↑ Is There an Average Florida Motorcycle Accident Settlement Amount? In Florida, motorcycle injury victims can pursue compensation for all actual damages they sustained. However, because of the many variables involved, settlement amounts range from modest to substantial. You might find sites online that offer free motorcycle accident settlement calculators. Approach these generic calculators with caution. No one can accurately estimate the value of your potential settlement without understanding the nuances and details of your case. Automatic injury settlement calculators can provide misleading answers. Talking to a Florida motorcycle accident attorney is the only way to determine what your case value may be. Return to top ↑ What Evidence Is Used to Build a Motorcycle Accident Case? As we have established, the details of your accident and injuries determine motorcycle accident compensation amounts. Your lawyer will investigate your case and gather evidence to substantiate your damages. Using this information, the legal team can calculate your claim’s value. Evidence that may apply to your case includes: Police reports, Witness statements, Photographs and videos, Expert opinions, and Accident scene reconstructions. To substantiate your damages, your lawyer will assemble information that may include: Medical bills, Wage and income statements, Tax returns, and Vehicle repair bills. Establishing the value of future damages you may suffer often requires the opinions or testimony of subject matter experts. Medical experts can provide opinions about your prognosis and future treatment requirements. Vocational experts provide opinions on your ability to return to work. These experts also address whether you will be able to resume your prior job duties or require accommodations. Economic experts shed light on the future value of lost income and benefits, should you have diminished earning capacity. Return to top ↑ Why Do I Need a Motorcycle Accident Lawyer to Help Me? Florida does not require injury accident victims to have a lawyer. However, having an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer from Abrahamson & Uiterwyk on your side provides several advantages. We Investigate and Document Your Case. We have extensive resources at our disposal, and we put those resources to work for you. We investigate every aspect of your claim and assemble as much evidence as possible to build your case. We Establish Fault and Demonstrate Liability. In any personal injury case, you must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care. You must demonstrate that, by failing to uphold the duty of care, the defendant’s actions caused your accident and subsequent damages. Our team uncovers the evidence we need to prove the defendant’s negligence. We Handle Every Aspect of your Case. When you trust us to handle your motorcycle accident case, you can relax and focus on getting well. We handle everything on your behalf and keep you updated on the progress of your case. We Deal with All Parties, Including the Insurance Company. With us on our side, you won’t have to deal with other lawyers, the insurance company, or any other parties in your case. We handle all communication and negotiate on your behalf to obtain the best possible settlement. We Help Protect Your Legal Rights. We take great pride in protecting the legal rights of our clients. The insurance companies want to minimize their liability and pay you the smallest settlement possible. We compel the at-fault party to negotiate in good faith. If the defendant’s insurance company will not engage in good faith negotiations, we may recommend filing a lawsuit in Florida civil court. Return to top ↑ Examples of Motorcycle Accident Settlements Achieved by Abrahamson & Uiterwyk $1,330,000/ Motor Vehicle Accident/ Pinellas County, Florida Some of the most significant injury cases that we handle are the result of motorcycle accidents. This case is one such example. Our client was traveling on his motorcycle when the defendant pulled out of a drive causing our client to hit the vehicle broadside. The defendant was cited by the police for violation of right of way. Our client suffered extensive injuries, including a...

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