Whether you’ve been involved in a minor fender-bender or a serious car accident, if you’ve suffered a cervical injury you’re probably wondering what sort of compensation you are entitled to. The truth is that every accident is different, and surrounded by different circumstances that will come into play with regard to any settlement you may receive.
Types of Cervical Injuries
A cervical injury can include anything from a fractured or dislocated disc or discs, to damage to the nerves that run along the length of your spinal column. The extent of a cervical injury will also vary from person to person, and hinge entirely on the amount of trauma placed on the spinal column. Cervical injuries may be similar to each other, but no two of them are identical.
Calculating a Settlement Amount for a Cervical Injury
As previously stated, there is no standard formula for calculating the amount of a settlement a person will receive for a cervical injury sustained in a car accident. There are many different circumstances that are taken into consideration when a settlement is determined. Some of them are as follows. This list is in no particular order and is not all-inclusive.
- Which state the accident occurred in
- Whether or not there is a jury involved
- The extent of the injuries
- The negligence of the other driver
- The extent of resulting disability (If any) of the injured party
- What type and extent of insurance coverage both parties have
Comparative negligence will also play a significant role in the final outcome in any settlement awarded for cervical injury resulting from a car accident. Comparative negligence means that when a settlement is being determined, the amount of negligence attributed to the injured party is also taken into consideration. If the injured party is found to indeed be negligent, the dollar amount placed the extent of their negligence will reduce the final amount of any compensation they may be entitled to.
Getting Legal Help
Whether you have suffered cervical injury that is a direct result of a car accident, or you are thought to be the at-fault party, it is important for you to seek the advice, and/or representation, of a lawyer who has had experience representing such cases. A professional knows what they are doing and will protect your best interests every step of the way.