When you have been in a car accident and you or others in the car, whether it be a child or an adult, have sustained injuries, you are facing the challenge of assessing your damages for a settlement. There is no average settlement for either a child or an adult who has been injured in a car accident. The settlement will be derived from several factors, including both economic and non-economic losses. A car accident attorney, like Hank Doyle at The Doyle Law Offices, P.A. has experience working with victims of car accidents and helping them with their case.
Some of the factors that are involved in determining a potential car accident settlement include:
The most important factor in determining the value of a potential car accident settlement is the severity of the victim’s injuries. The less severe, the smaller the settlement. When there are more severe injuries, like broken bones, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injuries, and amputations, requiring long-term and expensive medical treatments, the greater the settlement amount will be.
A strong claim is based on your ability to prove fault by the other driver. As North Carolina is a “contributory negligence” state, if you are even partially responsible for the accident you are not eligible to recover damages.
If you are unable to work for a period of time as a result of being injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation to make up for lost wages.
You may be left unable to work in the same capacity as you were prior to the accident. A car accident settlement can take into account your lost earning potential and compensate you accordingly.
A car accident settlement can take into account your pain and suffering from emotional trauma and loss of quality of life. The more pain and suffering you can document, the larger the potential settlement may be.
The circumstances of the car accident determine the damages you can secure for you and your child’s injuries. You could secure compensation to pay for these expenses and losses:
Children’s physiology makes them more vulnerable to traffic injuries than adults. Depending on the nature of the injury, healthcare costs could be lifelong. Liable parties may be responsible for medical expenses. Injuries to a child in a car accident may ensue healthcare costs such as:
Trauma from a car accident can affect children in serious ways. A child may suffer anxiety, depression, and other lasting symptoms because of a car accident. These issues are categorized as pain and suffering and may result from:
A child victim may experience lasting emotional and psychological trauma from a car accident, requiring ongoing psychological therapy, specific targeted therapies, and medication.
If you lost a child due to a car accident, damages cannot heal your pain but they can help take some of the financial strain off you and your loved ones. You could seek the following damages in a wrongful death claim:
It’s important to determine how the accident occurred, what the circumstances were that caused the car accident, and who is legally liable for the accident. Your accident could have been attributed to any of these situations:
Your accident might have been caused due to a driver who was operating their vehicle in a way that put you and your family at risk. Some possibilities are:
If you were hit by a commercial truck driver or a food delivery vehicle, you may be able to assign responsibility to the driver’s employer. You and your lawyer can look for proof that there was negligence on the employer’s part. Such cases as the employer:
Your attorney plays an important role in gathering evidence and documentation in supporting your case. An experienced legal professional such as Hank Doyle provides value at a time that is extremely stressful and emotional by being the objective party to secure documentation for your case by:
Hank Doyle is experienced in car accident cases involving injuries. He can take the burden of researching, collecting documentation, and determining damages. Contact The Doyle Law Offices, P.A. by calling (919) 228-4487 or fill out the form below.