What is the average car accident settlement in Daytona Beach?

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Daytona Beach, FL – When you’re injured in a car accident, this is one of the most important questions. Victims often worry if they can afford the medical care they need and how their family is going to survive until they’re able to go back to work. If these questions are bothering you, you can easily find out the answer by scheduling a free consultation with a good personal injury lawyer in Daytona Beach

How much is my accident claim worth in Florida?

What do you do when you have any kind of question? You ask Google. This can be great if you want to find a place to eat or help your kid with the geography test. However, resorting to search engines may not be the best thing when you have a legal question. 

For instance, if you look up Florida car accident settlements you may come across an article saying a few years ago a woman got $6.8 million after being injured in a head-on collision. That’s a lot of money, but it doesn’t actually tell you much. That woman got close to $7 million after suffering severe injuries, including broken bones and internal bleeding. If you suffered similar injuries you may get a similar amount, but that also depends on the circumstances surrounding the crash. For whiplash or a broken leg you certainly won’t be able to get millions of dollars in damages.

Each accident is unique. The amount of damages you can get depends on the severity of the injuries you sustained, but also to the extent they impacted your life. 

Average settlement amounts:

  • Whiplash: $10,000 – $20,000
  • Back injury: $10,000 – $100,000
  • Neck injury: $10,000 –  $50,000

How to maximize your accident damages settlement

Checking out the average settlement for an injury is interesting, but if you want to know about your claim, only seasoned Florida personal injury lawyers can give you the answer you’re looking for.

Averages are calculated taking into account all settled claims, and this includes many minor injuries.  For a serious one, you may be entitled to more money.

If you want to get all the money you deserve, there are certain steps you must take, such as:

  • Seek medical care immediately after the accident
  • Follow the doctor’s advice rigorously and take your prescribed medication. If you’re seen walking about when you should be in bed this can hurt your claim
  • Document the scene of the crash and get the names and contact info of all witnesses
  • Don’t talk to the insurance company representing the other driver as they’ll use anything you say to minimize the value of your claim. Don’t forget that Florida is a comparative negligence state
  • Get seasoned accident lawyers to represent you during the negotiations with the insurance company
  • Keep track of all medical expenses
  • Keep a pain diary detailing your daily struggle. Your lawyers can use a written account or a video diary to convince the insurance adjuster or the jury you deserve maximum pain and suffering damages

The value of your claim will be based on both your economic damages (medical bills and lost wages) and your general damages, which are meant to compensate you for your mental and physical suffering. In certain cases, such as a drunk-driving accident you may be able to seek punitive damages as well, but only if your lawyers can prove the other driver acted with total disregard for the safety of other road users.

If you were recently injured in a car accident in the Daytona Beach area, schedule a free consultation with a trustworthy personal injury lawyer at the Pappas & Russell law firm. They work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t owe them anything unless they win the settlement you deserve.

Contact info

Pappas & Russell

Phone: (386) 254-2941

[email protected]

213 Silver Beach Avenue

Daytona Beach, Florida 32118