Car Accident Leg Injury Settlements
Whether you suffer a broken leg, soft tissue injury, fractured ankle, torn ACL, or another type of leg injury in an auto accident, chances are, you have a lengthy recovery period ahead of you and a stack of medical bills to pay. At Morgan & Morgan, we help the victims in auto accidents recover compensation so they can focus on their health.
No matter the type of injury, our clients always want to know one thing: how much their case is worth. Here’s what you should know about leg injury settlements.
What Is a Personal Injury Settlement?
Rather than go to trial, the plaintiff and defendant in a personal injury claim will often reach a settlement, or amount of compensation the defendant must pay the plaintiff to resolve the matter. Because injuries range in severity, settlement values vary significantly.
Generally, there are two types of damages the victim may receive: economic and noneconomic. Economic damages are financial losses caused by the injury, such as medical bills and lost income. Noneconomic damages are nonmonetary losses associated with the injury, such as emotional distress, and pain and suffering.
How Are Damages Estimated?
The amount of compensation the victim will receive hinges on a couple of key factors:
- Severity of the Injury: The nature of the wound is a critical component in arriving at a dollar amount. Typically, the more severe it is, the greater the compensation. Medical evidence such as X-rays and MRIs definitively speak to the severity of a leg injury and can go a long way in building a case.
- Liability of the Other Driver: The plaintiff must demonstrate that the other driver was at fault for the accident and that their actions directly caused harm to the victim. If the jury is likely to find the defendant guilty at trial, the defense will often offer a larger settlement rather than take their chances in court.
Contact a Leg Injury Lawyer
The defendant’s insurance company will do whatever it can to pay as little as possible in a settlement. That’s why it’s important that you speak to a Morgan & Morgan personal injury attorney who understands how to value claims and negotiate the largest settlement possible. Find out how much your claim could be worth by filling out a free case evaluation today.