Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Settlement Amount

Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Settlement Amount

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Morgan and Morgan Personal Injury Settlement Amount

Sometimes, people injured in an accident consider filing a lawsuit against the negligent individual or entity who caused the incident. If you’re considering filing a case, it’s not unusual to speculate about how much you’ll receive from your claim. You may wonder if pursuing a lawsuit is worth it or if you should focus on recovering from your injuries and move on.

Every personal injury case is different. When you think of personal injuries, you may think of automobile accidents or slip and falls. However, there are numerous ways a person may sustain a personal injury, and they aren’t limited to car accidents.

Some other common personal injury cases are based on:

  • Medical malpractice
  • Premises liability
  • Workplace accidents
  • Product liability
  • Burn injuries
  • Dog bites
  • Sexual assault

At Morgan & Morgan, we have more than 800 dedicated personal injury attorneys nationwide to assist with personal injury cases. If you’re injured, there’s no harm in seeking legal counsel to determine whether you have a potential lawsuit.

Schedule a free consultation with Morgan and Morgan by filling out our convenient online form.

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  • What Is the Average Personal Injury Settlement Amount?

    Many people wonder about the average settlement amount in a personal injury case. The settlement amount for any personal injury lawsuit varies. Usually, the primary factor considered in personal injury lawsuits is the severity of the injuries.

    At Morgan & Morgan, we divide injuries into three categories: severe, moderate, and mild. People who sustain severe injuries are usually unable to make a full recovery. Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), permanent disfigurement or disability, and death fall into this category.

    Individuals with moderate injuries may fully recover from them, but it may take a significant amount of time to do so. Such injuries include broken bones, lacerations, and other wounds that require medical treatment for a month or longer.

    Mild injuries take some time to recover from, but they don’t require lifelong medical assistance. Mild wounds include bruises, sprains, and strains.

    The personal injury settlement amounts that Morgan and Morgan’s attorneys win vary according to the severity of the injuries and the degree of negligence the perpetrator displayed in the accident.

  • What Are the Deciding Factors in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Six main factors determine how much your Morgan & Morgan personal injury settlement amount will be.

    The Severity of Your Injuries

    The more severe your injuries are, the more likely you’ll win a larger settlement. If your injuries aren’t debilitating and won’t result in long-term recovery or permanent disfigurement, there’s less of an argument that you’ll require extended medical treatment.

    On the other hand, if your injuries are so severe that you can’t work for the foreseeable future and you will require ongoing medical treatment, you may obtain a higher settlement amount.

    Wherever your injuries are on the severity scale, it’s essential to seek the advice of legal counsel to ensure that you don’t accept a settlement offer that doesn’t reflect the extent of the injuries you’ve incurred.

    Mental Pain and Suffering

    Sometimes, the physical injuries sustained in an accident are much less than the resulting mental pain and suffering. Constant depression, anxiety, and loss of enjoyment of life can all affect injury victims.

    Your lawyer will work with you to determine the severity of your mental pain and suffering. Documentation related to your grief, including evidence of ongoing medical treatment and mental health disorders, is critical.

    Individuals who find that they can no longer perform the activities they once enjoyed should make a note that details the reasons they can’t participate anymore. Sometimes, pain associated with the injury may prevent a victim from engaging in activities.

    Many times, people struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following an accident. PTSD may cause individuals to avoid people, places, or activities they associate with the event. They may also have problems regulating their moods.

    PTSD requires a diagnosis by a mental health professional. If you or your loved ones believe you may have PTSD, you should see a doctor for treatment and include the condition when you seek a settlement for your injuries.

    Cost of Medical Treatment

    Personal injuries often come with significant medical bills. While health insurance may cover part of the costs, if you’re unable to work, you could lose your health coverage.

    Medical expenses you can recover through your settlement include ambulance costs, doctor visits, fees for surgery, prescriptions, ongoing physical or occupational therapy, and psychologist visits. Any medical care you receive related to the accident, past or future, can be included in your settlement.

    Lost Wages

    Someone unable to work due to injuries may be entitled to damages for lost wages and future income. When calculating lost wages, your lawyer will include all time you were away from work, even if you received wages from accumulated vacation or sick days.

    If you can no longer work at your regular capacity, you can claim damages related to lost future income.

    Insurance Coverage

    Oftentimes, the amount of money that a personal injury victim can recover is limited to the insurance coverage limits of the negligent individual or entity. Individuals usually don’t carry insurance with the same coverage limits that a business does.

    People without insurance coverage may be unable to pay the victim, even if the plaintiff wins a judgment against them.

    Generally speaking, people must carry insurance if they regularly operate an automobile, rent a place to live, run a business, or own a home. Depending on the type of accident, one of these policies should provide coverage for a personal injury settlement.

    For example, someone bitten by a dog while visiting a friend’s house may file a lawsuit against the homeowner’s insurance. A car accident victim may file a claim against the defendant’s automobile insurance company. Someone who slips and falls in a restaurant can file a lawsuit against the insurance company of the restaurant owner.

    Who Was at Fault

    In many states, fault plays a role in the amount of settlement money obtained through a lawsuit. Personal injury victims living in states with comparative or contributory negligence systems may find their claims reduced or thrown out, especially if they were partially at fault for the accident.

    Contributory negligence rules are the most stringent in the nation. Under contributory negligence systems, if someone is even 1% at fault, they can’t collect damages.

    Most states have a comparative negligence system in place. That system may be either pure comparative or modified comparative fault. Under pure comparative fault rules, personal injury victims receive a percentage of damages according to how much at fault they were for the accident.

    For instance, consider two individuals involved in an accident. If the court determines one is 75% responsible for the accident while the other is 25% responsible, the damages awarded will reflect the fault percentage determined for each party.

    Under a modified comparative fault rule, the state sets a percentage of fault that the personal injury victim may be responsible for before denying a claim. In most states, the percentage is 50%, but each state has its own rules.

    Personal injury victims living in a modified comparative fault state with a 50% rule will be unable to collect any damages if they are at least 50% responsible for the accident.

    Whether the Case Goes to Trial

    Only 4% to 5% of personal injury cases ever go to trial. Most settle out of court. It is usually in the victim’s and the defendant’s best interests to settle. The victim likely needs the money to cover their medical bills, treatment, and property damage, and the defendant will want to avoid negative publicity.

    Cases that go to trial can be mentally exhausting to prepare for. Individuals often seek to avoid a trial as much as possible since reliving the accident can be highly stressful.

    There’s also significant uncertainty around the final damages awarded in a personal injury trial. A jury firmly on the defendant’s side may reduce or eliminate any damages the plaintiff would have received had they decided to settle out of court.

    However, in some situations, a plaintiff can’t avoid a trial. If the insurer refuses to settle for a reasonable amount, it may warrant a trial.

  • How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Each state has a statute of limitations law that limits the time a plaintiff has to file a personal injury claim. Most states have a statute of limitations between two and five years. It’s important not to wait too long to file your claim, as you may lose the right to collect damages.

  • Will My Case Go to Trial?

    Most personal injury cases settle out of court. However, a personal injury claim may go to trial in some situations if the parties cannot reach an adequate settlement.

    When you schedule your consultation with Morgan and Morgan, we’ll discuss the facts of your case and determine whether it is likely to end in a trial. A Morgan and Morgan personal injury settlement amount will take into account all of the factors of your case, including your injuries, lost wages, and mental anguish.

  • What Kinds of Damages Can I Obtain in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?

    Typically, damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit include recovery of medical expenses, lost wages, future income, and pain and suffering. Each case is different, and the severity of your injuries will play a role in determining how much you may be entitled to recover.

    It’s always best to seek legal assistance in a case where you have suffered moderate or severe physical injuries so that you don’t accept an inadequate settlement.

  • Get Help With Your Personal Injury Case From Morgan & Morgan

    Individuals injured in an accident may struggle with mounting medical bills, loss of wages from work, and other significant expenses.

    We have over 800 experienced personal injury attorneys nationwide at Morgan and Morgan. Our attorneys have assisted numerous clients with obtaining the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.

    No matter how big or small your case may be, it’s wise to seek legal counsel in a personal injury matter. An attorney can help you determine your rights and whether it is worth pursuing a personal injury case.

    A Morgan & Morgan personal injury settlement amount will incorporate all aspects of your situation to ensure that you receive the compensation you’re entitled to.

    To get started with a Morgan & Morgan personal injury settlement amount, fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. We’re standing by to help you.

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