Clients always want to know what the average injury settlement is for their type of lawsuit.
The truth is that someone out there probably has calculated the exact number and can tell you what it is. Another truth is that this number has next to nothing to do with what will happen in your lawsuit.
Instead of talking numbers, this article will discuss the various factors that drive up the cost of injury settlements.
How Did You Break Your Wrist?
This is a big factor because, depending on how you broke your wrist, it could impact who is on the hook for paying. For instance, if you have a broken wrist from a car accident, then the injury settlement for your broken wrist will be paid out by the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
If you sustained the broken wrist in a slip-and-fall accident, then either the business’s general liability insurance will pay for your damages or the business will pay you directly.
If you slipped and fell at someone’s home, their homeowner’s insurance will cover the damages. The insurance company is only on the hook for the policy limit assuming the person who is at fault for your injuries has insurance.
In other cases, you will be suing that person directly. How much you will get will depend on whether they have any assets to draw on.
How Bad is Your Injury?
Medical records will show the extent of the bone damage caused by the other person’s negligence. For instance, if a shopkeeper allowed a dangerous condition to stay present and you slipped and fell, there can be serious damage to your wrist. A doctor will be able to determine the extent of the damage.
What Does the Injury Mean to You Personally?
If you type for a living and won’t be able to go back to work until the injury is healed, then you’re entitled to collect damages on any lost wages. In other words, if you can’t do your job because of your injury, then this will significantly drive up the value of your claim.
In addition, if you are an avid tennis player, bowler, or golfer and your injury prevents you from engaging in those activities, that is something that you deserve to be compensated for. Your attorney’s job is to ensure that these elements are not left out of your lawsuit. Insurance companies will not offer to pay for damages they consider to be “non-economic”.
Is the Damage Likely to Permanent?
In some cases, simply injuries like a wrist injury can result in permanent nerve damage. The pain may never fully go away. When the injuries are of a permanent nature, this will greatly increase the value of your lawsuit.
Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Today about a Personal Injury Claim for a Broken Wrist
If you’ve been injured by another’s negligence you’re probably wondering what your lawsuit settlement will look like.
While we don’t know for sure, your attorney’s job is to maximize your settlement and make sure all of your damages are considered, including those that don’t show up on a medical report.