It can be difficult to determine the potential settlement amount of any civil lawsuit. Neck injuries are some of the most serious injuries a victim can experience. A Duluth personal injury lawyer can help you determine the total amount of damages you may claim in a civil lawsuit. Understanding the total damages amount will help you determine a close approximation of a possible settlement amount.
The Most Common Types of Neck Injuries Accident Victims Experience
The neck is a vulnerable part of the human body. Accident victims often find it difficult to adjust to the recovery period that is necessary to heal from a neck injury. The following are some of the most common types of neck injuries that affect accident victims:
- Spinal cord injury
- Cervical spondylosis
- Pinched nerve
- Herniated disc
- Neck sprain
- Neck strain
Neck injuries may cause accident victims to experience dizziness, headaches, neck stiffness, and loss of concentration. These symptoms may intensify over time after the victim seeks medical treatment. All accident victims who suffer neck injuries must make sure to continue seeking medical care until their neck injury heals completely.
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The Types of Damages Accident Victims May Claim in a Personal Injury Case
Accident victims often do not understand how to calculate the total amount of damages they may claim until they speak to a personal injury lawyer. Typically, accident victims may claim general damages and special damages. If the defendant committed willful, wanton, or malicious conduct, then the victim may claim punitive damages.
General damages are less quantifiable than special damages and include loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress. Special damages include damages that can be quantified such as medical bills and lost earnings. The approximate value of a case may initially be based on the total general damages and special damages claimed in a case.
Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant and to deter the defendant from committing the same conduct in the future. However, punitive damages are not awarded in most personal injury cases. If you want to learn more about punitive damages, then you should speak to an attorney.
Every Personal Injury Case Is Unique
Every personal injury case is unique because no two cases have an identical set of facts. Your case cannot be compared to any other personal injury case. It is important for you to understand that we handle every case without making any assumptions about the outcome.
Also, you will only pay for legal services if we obtain a settlement or judgment on your behalf. If we do not obtain monetary compensation for your injuries, then you do not owe any fees. If we do obtain a settlement or judgment for you, then our fee will be deducted from the final settlement or judgment amount.
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The Benefits of Retaining a Personal Injury Lawyer
When you retain legal counsel, you will benefit from attorney-client privilege and attorney-client confidentiality. You can speak to your attorney candidly and not worry about your communications being used against you. Also, your attorney can invoke these privileges during discovery and other phases of litigation.
Opposing counsel will also be more likely to take you seriously if you have an attorney on your side. You will need to receive reasonable settlement offers during settlement negotiations, and if you have an attorney, the insurance company will suspect that you are willing to go to trial. The majority of defendants want to avoid trial because it is costly.
A skilled attorney will also be able to enforce your legal rights and make sure that defense attorneys do not take advantage of your inexperience. If you have legal representation, then you will be more likely to understand more legal options that are available to you at different points throughout your personal injury case.
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Gathering the Evidence You Need for Your Personal Injury Case
Legal counsel will also help you gather the necessary evidence you need to substantiate your legal claims. You do not want to wait too long to file a civil complaint because the evidence relevant to your case may become less persuasive over time. Therefore, you should focus on bringing your legal claims early and collecting as much evidence as you can before trial.
The more evidence you present to opposing counsel, the less likely it will be that your case will go to trial. The majority of civil lawsuits are settled before trial, and they often are resolved through settlement negotiation, mediation, or arbitration. You should focus on developing a case strategy with your attorney so you will know if it is possible your personal injury case will settle before trial.
Neck Injuries Often Require Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy
Both rehabilitation and physical therapy are often necessary to treat accident victims who suffer from neck injuries. If an accident victim does not suffer a temporary or permanent disability, then they will likely have to undergo months or years of rehabilitation and physical therapy. These treatment methods will help improve the overall quality of life of the accident victim.
Accident victims need to be patient with their physical, emotional, and mental recovery. Many individuals who suffer neck injuries during accidents experience post-traumatic stress disorder. It can take months for the symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder to become less debilitating.
Our Attorneys Can Help You with Your Personal Injury Case
Taking care of every aspect of a personal injury case on your own can seem overwhelming. Depositions, hearings, and motion filings can take up a considerable amount of time. If you want to learn how an attorney can help you with your case, Contact us as soon as possible.
Many personal injury cases settle before trial, but it is still possible that you will have to prepare for trial. Having an experienced attorney on your side can help you focus on recovering from your injuries. We can help you with every aspect of your personal injury case. You do not have to stand on your own when you are enforcing your legal rights.