It’s very common on weekday mornings to see parents waiting in a line to drop their children off at school. Normally this is a fairly uneventful process, but sometimes, the negligence of a driver causes a car accident that can disrupt not only the dropping off process but the life of a victim.
Settlement Provides Injured Mother With Millions
It’s been a long three years but one mother has finally obtained the compensation she needed after she was seriously injured when another driver rear-ended her while she was in the process of dropping off her child at school.
The accident occurred just after she had dropped her child off. She was legally stopped and waiting for traffic to move when a distracted driver behind her failed to stop and struck her car. The impact pushed her right into oncoming traffic where she was hit again.
When she was taken to the hospital, doctors determined that she had broken a bone in her right leg, dislocated and broke several bones in her left foot, tore her right meniscus, and also damaged her right ankle. The injuries have required ongoing medical treatments and since the accident, which occurred in 2014, she’s had to undergo four separate surgeries. The damage to her legs has prevented her from returning to work.
As many car accident victims do, she chose to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Through negotiation and mediation, the two parties were able to reach a settlement agreement and she obtained $2.5 million to help her recover.
Settlements vs Verdicts
Did you know that most personal injury lawsuits end with a settlement agreement? When a client first comes to us, one of the first questions that they ask is “Will I have to go to Court?” and the answer is, maybe.
Once a lawsuit has been filed, an offer to settle may be made. But what does this mean? It means that all parties involved agree to terms and that court can be avoided. There are benefits to accepting an offer to settle – the lawsuit will end much more quickly and the plaintiff will know exactly how much they will be recovering. But not all offers to settle are worth accepting and sometimes it’s best to take the fight to a courtroom.
There is no reason to fear the experience of going to trial if you are working with an experienced attorney. Prior to trial, the lawsuit goes through a discovery phase during which the accident is reviewed and evidence supporting the plaintiff’s claim is collected. Evidence may include things like:
- Dashboard or other video surveillance.
- Photographs of the scene of the accident, the vehicles involved, and the injuries sustained.
- Medical records.
- Witness statements.
- Police records.
- Insurance paperwork.
In addition to this, attorneys frequently consult with medical specialists who can testify in court regarding the serious nature of the injuries that the plaintiff has had to deal with.
Why Doesn’t Insurance Pay For My Injuries?
For those who sustain minor injuries, their car insurance policy may be enough. But many injuries cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat, maxing out a car insurance policy quickly and leaving the victims to deal with the financial stress.
How Much Is My Case Worth?
This is often the first question that a client asks us and it’s a difficult one to answer. The awards given in car accident cases are meant to provide the plaintiff with full compensation for all of their medical treatments, both past and those anticipated in the future, lost wages if they are unable to return to work, and may even compensate them for physical pain and suffering and emotional trauma. But no two people suffer the same losses and so, therefore, the outcomes for each plaintiff will vary.
Thanks to our friends at Rome, Arata, and Baxley, Texas truck accident attorneys, for their contributions to this post.