If you have been involved in an auto accident and suffered a herniated disc, you may be able to hold the at-fault party accountable for your damages. When we talk to people in your position, the first question they ask a personal injury attorney is often how much their case is worth. The best way to get a specific answer to your specific case is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation. In the meantime, you can keep reading to find out what we will take into consideration.
Fault Will Have a Big Part in Your Settlement
One of the most important factors to consider when calculating damages is who was at fault. If you were hit from behind and the person who hit you was cited by the responding police officer, then they are likely 100% at fault for the accident and you should be able to recover 100% of your damages from them. For example, if the settlement was $5000 then you would recover $5000.
On the other hand, you may be found partially at fault. For example, if your accident occurred when a lane change was taking place. Both the driver who was changing lanes and the driver who they collided with could be partially at fault. If that is the case, and you are found to be partially at fault, then your settlement award would be reduced by your percentage of fault.
Using the $5000 example, if you were found to be 20% at fault then your settlement would be reduced by 20%. You would then recover $4000. While this can be frustrating, it also means that you can bring a claim or lawsuit even if you were partially at fault for the accident. In California, even if you were 99% at fault, you could technically sue the person who was 1% at fault.
Your Medical Bills and Other Economic Damages
Next, your economic damages will be calculated. This will include your medical costs, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and other actual costs. This would also cover any damage to your property, including your vehicle. We can help you determine all of the economic damages and help you get the documentation and evidence required to prove these damages.
Finally, your noneconomic damages will be taken into consideration. This could include pain and suffering and other damages that do not have a specific price tag but are damages nonetheless. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we can talk to you about your specific case to determine the noneconomic damages we should ask for. Contact us now at 800-333-0000 to request your free legal consultation as soon as possible.