What Are Average Sciatica Car Accident Settlement AmountsTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. November 03, 2020
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.