Car accidents can cause common injuries, such as neck strain, spinal cord injuries, and whiplash. Sometimes, the injuries are minor. But other times, the neck injuries can be severe and require significant medical attention, surgeries, or rehabilitation. The injuries may take weeks, months, or years to recover from. In some cases, the injuries leave lasting impairments or chronic pain even after treatment.
Contact Dempsey Kingsland & Osteen if you or a loved one has suffered a severe neck injury from a car accident. We can help you get neck injury car accident compensation.
What Is the Average Settlement for a Neck Injury from a Car Accident?
No two accidents are alike. So, valuing a neck injury settlement without analyzing a case’s facts is challenging. At Dempsey Kingsland & Osteen, our seasoned legal advocates will investigate your case’s facts and evidence to give you an estimated settlement amount. We will add up the costs, including the following, to calculate your possible settlement:
- Medical expenses,
- Rehabilitation costs,
- Lost wages,
- Loss of future wages,
- Loss of earning capacity,
- Pain and suffering,
- Loss of consortium,
- Loss of enjoyment of life, and
- Any disability.
In rare cases, if the negligent party acted egregiously, you may also be awarded punitive damages.
What Factors Influence Neck Injury Car Accident Compensation?
Certain factors will influence your neck injury, spinal cord damage, or whiplash car accident compensation, including the following.
Severity of the Injuries
Neck injuries can be minor, moderate, or severe. Injuries such as severe spinal cord injuries or intervertebral disc problems will lead to higher settlements than a minor whiplash injury or a strained neck. Injuries that leave lasting scars or impairment, like paralysis, will also have higher settlements.
Division of Fault
Missouri is a comparative negligence state. A car accident victim’s portion of fault affects the compensation they can claim. You can still collect compensation if you were partially at fault for the car accident. However, the compensation will be reduced proportionate to your percentage of fault. Thus, your settlement for whiplash in a car accident and your settlement for other severe neck injuries are influenced by the division of fault.
Another factor that affects neck injury compensation is the egregiousness of the other party’s actions. If the actions were horrific and grievous, punitive damages may be applied, increasing the value of the neck injury compensation. Punitive damages exist not to benefit the victim but to punish the negligent party and prevent similar future behavior.
What Is the Process for Pursuing a Neck Injury Settlement?
Follow these steps for your neck injury case:
- Step 1: Hire a Kansas City personal injury lawyer with experience handling cases with serious neck injuries.
- Step 2: Provide your attorney with all of your medical expenses, lost wages, and any other relevant documentation you may have of the accident, including photos, video surveillance, witness statements, and police reports,
- Step 3: Your lawyer will examine all this evidence, build your case, and calculate fair and just compensation for you.
- Step 4: Your attorney will begin the settlement process with the other party involved. Most personal injury cases will end with a settlement from negotiation.
- Step 5: Our attorneys will advocate for your rights in court if your case does not end during the negotiation phase.
Contact us at Dempsey Kingsland & Osteen. At our first meeting, we will explain the legal process to you in depth. We will let you know your legal options and how to proceed.
Contact Dempsey Kingsland & Osteen and Speak to Us Today
Never handle a neck injury case alone. At Dempsey Kingsland & Osteen, we have been serving the residents of Kansas City for almost forty years. We have a formidable reputation with personal injury cases, and insurance companies know we will never let them intimidate our clients. We have a doctor and nurse on our team. We offer a free consultation to all new clients and can meet any time, including evenings and weekends. We even do hospital and home visits. We are dedicated to helping you. Contact us now for a free consultation.