There is no average settlement for a personal injury because every person and injury is different. The settlement you can recover depends on the details of your case. What caused your injury to occur and the costs associated with your injury are important to any possible settlement.
Compensation may include awards for damages such as your medical costs, time missed from work, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death cases may include awards for funeral costs, loss of income, and loss of companionship.
A personal injury lawyer can help you by identifying the liable party for your injuries or the loss of a loved one.
Do Not Accept the First Offer from an Insurance Company Settlements
An insurance company may try to offer you a settlement soon after you suffer your injuries. It may also try to convince you it is a fair amount to cover your damages. Should the insurer make you such an offer, it is advised that you do not accept it.
The amount an insurance company offers may not be enough to cover your future medical needs. This is important to note because if you accept the initial offer, you typically forfeit your right to pursue civil action later, should your medical condition worsen.
Insurance companies may appear helpful, and the sum they initially offer may seem like a lot of money. However, accepting the first offer without appropriately evaluating the costs of your current and future damages may be to your detriment. The offer insurance companies make is to protect their best interests, not yours.
Serious injuries or the loss of a loved one might leave you unable to negotiate a settlement with an insurance company. A personal injury lawyer can negotiate your settlement and allow you to better focus on your recovery.
Personal injury lawyers are familiar with how insurance companies try to deny or delay claims. While many personal injury cases reach a settlement out of court, some must proceed to trial to secure fair compensation.
How You Can Help Your Case
Not speaking with insurance companies is just one way you can help your case.
Another way to protect your case and chance for a settlement is to refrain from posting information on social media. While it is an easy way to update friends and family, your posts may appear to some as an admission of guilt.
Limit any discussion of your case with parties other than your attorney. You can send any new information to your personal injury lawyer.
Types of Accidents That Can Lead to Personal Injury Cases
According to the American Bar Association, a person may be held liable for an accident if “he or she was negligent in causing the accident.” Negligence can cause any of the following types of accidents:
- Traffic accidents (including trucks, motorcycles, passenger vehicles, and pedestrians)
- Medical malpractice
- Construction accidents
- Accidents involving dangerous or defective products
These are just a few scenarios of when you can suffer an injury at the fault of another party.
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The statute of limitations sets the maximum time the plaintiff has to file legal action against involved parties for an alleged offense. In Pennsylvania, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit or you risk recovering nothing. A personal injury lawyer will work to ensure your case is filed within the statute of limitations.
Pursuing justice for your injuries or the loss of your loved one takes time. To prepare your case, we may need time to carefully review police reports, photos of the scene of the accident, and your medical reports, among other evidence.
Get Help from Berger and Green Today
When it comes to civil lawsuits, there is no “one-size fits all” outcome due to the complexity of personal injury law. While we cannot tell you what the average settlement for a personal injury might look like, we can determine how much you might expect to receive.
Our team fights for our clients’ rights to compensation. We treat our clients with the utmost respect and compassion. If your injuries prevent you from traveling to us, we may be able to come to your hospital or home.
At Berger and Green, we work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you only pay if we win your case. We also offer a no-risk, no-obligation free case evaluation. Should we determine that your injuries qualify you for possible compensation, we will get to work immediately on your behalf.
If the negligence of another driver, a doctor, a manufacturer, or another party caused you serious injuries, you may have legal options. Call Berger and Green now for your free case evaluation at (412) 661-1400.