Average Spondylolisthesis Car Accident Settlement in FloridaTrusted Content
Legally reviewed by:Erik Abrahamson, J.D. August 25, 2021
Sometimes referred to as spondylosis, spondylolisthesis is an injury that is quite common after car accidents. Spondylolisthesis is a type of spine injury wherein your vertebrae are forced out of alignment. This can happen when your vertebrae are subject to trauma that pushes your spine either forward or backward. It is not difficult to see how easily this injury can arise after a car accident.
After all, our backs absorb a great deal of the kinetic energy that car crashes subject our bodies to. Untreated spondylosis caused by trauma can lead to a number of long-term health complications, not the least of which is excruciating back pain.
If you develop spondylolisthesis after a car accident, you should include it, and its effects, in your claim for damages against the responsible party.
What Is the Average Spondylolisthesis Car Accident Settlement?
A frequently asked question that our personal injury team at Abrahamson & Uiterwyk hears from our clients is, What is the average spondylosis car accident settlement? This is a very reasonable question for any injured party to ask. If you know what the average settlement is, you can get an idea as to what you can expect with your own spondylosis settlement. Unfortunately, there is no clear answer that we can give to this question.
We are unable to provide an average spondylolisthesis settlement because there is no average settlement. Why? Because there is no average car accident, no average injury, and thus no average spondylosis case. Every injury that we help our clients recover from is unique. There are numerous factors that can affect your spondylosis settlement claim, or any other personal injury or car accident claim for that matter. The only way to get an idea of what your settlement will look like is to try to account for the various factors that affected your accident and injury.
How Can I Maximize My Spondylolisthesis Settlement?
To maximize your spondylosis settlement, there are quite a few different things you can do. With that said, however, there are two things you can do to really set your claim up for success:
- Carefully document all the damages you suffer related to your spondylosis; and
- Work closely with an attorney as soon as possible after your injury.
If you take these two steps, and are consistent in doing so, you will go a long way toward maximizing your claim value and avoiding any unpleasant surprises in the claim’s settlement negotiation process.
Documenting Your Damages
To claim compensatory damages for your spondylolisthesis, you first need to prove that you have spondylolisthesis. Furthermore, you must prove that the injury stems from your car accident.
The only way to establish whether you have spondylosis and to what degree is with the help of diagnostic studies such as an x-ray or CT scans. There are five grades of vertebrae slips. On one end of the spectrum, grade I is the least severe and features a vertebral slip of less than 25%. On the opposite end of the spectrum is a grade V, which features a vertebra that slips entirely off the vertebrae below it. The more severe your slip is, the more treatment will cost and the more your settlement value will be.
You should keep a record of any medical treatment or evaluation that you seek. In your record, you should include any bills, invoices, or insurance payments that arise from such treatment or evaluation. Furthermore, every time you seek any sort of treatment or evaluation, you should get a copy of your treatment provider’s notes for that specific visit. By documenting the existence of your injury and the costs of treatment, you can prove those damages exist. Without such a record, proving those damages is difficult.
On top of maintaining your medical record and a record of related bills, you should maintain a journal of your symptoms. Keep a daily record of any physical, mental, or other harmful effects that arise out of your injury. If you have any sort of pain, be sure to assign a numerical value to that pain. With this record in hand, you can further prove the damages you suffer, including intangible, non economic damages. With effective documentation, you can really maximize the value of your claim.
Hiring an Attorney
Aside from documenting all your damages, hiring a personal injury attorney to represent you in your spondylolisthesis claim is the best thing you can do to maximize your claim.
By consulting with an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, your lawyer will have the time necessary to prepare the most effective legal strategy for your specific claim. If you wait to hire an attorney, your lawyer may not have the time and resources to prepare the most effective legal strategy. Furthermore, the longer you wait to hire an attorney, the closer you get to allowing the statute of limitations to expire. After that period expires, courts will reject any related legal claim.
Finally, your lawyer will help you document your damages and injuries and can help connect you with the right medical specialists for your specific injuries. The sooner this happens, the better your eventual settlement will be.
What Is It Like Dealing with Insurance Companies?
Trying to deal with insurance companies on your own is often quite difficult. Insurance companies make their money by paying out the smallest amount they possibly can for each given claim. Thus, they often prey upon individuals who try to negotiate settlements without the help of an attorney. One of the ways they do this is by repeatedly making settlement offers that don’t fully compensate you for your damages. They do this to drag out the negotiations process, wear you down, and hope that you will have to take their lowball offer when the statute of limitations is close to expiring. Conversely, if you have an attorney on your side from the outset of settlement negotiations, insurance companies know that their unfair negotiation tactics are less likely to work. As a result, they are more willing to play ball. Best of all, with an attorney on your side, you don’t have to deal with the insurance companies at all. All communications can go directly through your legal representative.
Are You Ready for Legal Help?
If you are thinking of filing a spondylolisthesis claim after a car accident in Florida, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk is here for you. In our more than 30 years of operation, we have helped thousands of clients recover from their injuries. Our promise to you is that we will take care of the legal process and all its sticky details, so you can focus on recovering from your injury.
Compassionate advocacy is our primary goal, so if you are looking for an attorney who wants to help you in any way possible, look no further. Be sure to check out our case results and client testimonials pages to see how we have helped our clients in the past, then call us today for your free consultation!