Understanding the factors that influence your settlement can help set your expectations and guide your next steps.
Severity of Injury
Minor to Moderate: Lower settlement range
Severe: Can result in a significantly higher settlement
Extremely Severe: Settlements often exceed $500,000
Includes current and anticipated future treatments
Surgery, Therapy, Rehab: Costs can quickly escalate
Loss of Wages
Impacts both current and future earnings
Prolonged Absence: Further increases the settlement amount
Pain and Suffering
Emotional and physical distress
May require expert testimony for quantification
Role in the Accident
Settlements adjust based on your percentage of fault
Insurance Policy Limits
Settlement is capped by the defendant’s policy limit
May require pursuing compensation directly from the defendant
Each factor is discussed more thoroughly on our car accident attorney service page.
Why Hiring a Lawyer Maximizes Your Compensation
Attempting to navigate a personal injury case alone can result in suboptimal outcomes. A lawyer not only understands the legal complexities but also knows how to negotiate effectively. In Florida, where laws like comparative negligence can impact your settlement, professional guidance is invaluable. Typically, individuals with legal representation secure significantly higher settlements than those who go it alone.
Knowing the types of injuries and their long-term effects is crucial.
Strains & Sprains: Generally low impact but require monitoring
Herniated Discs: Affect mobility; may require surgery
Spinal Cord Damage: Life-altering; extensive medical care needed
Legal Steps to Take
Understanding the legal process can be daunting but it’s vital.
Initial Consultation: Evaluate your case’s merits.
Negotiation Phase: Aim for a fair settlement without court intervention.
Court Proceedings: May involve expert witnesses and substantial evidence.
Why Local Expertise Matters in Personal Injury Cases
Local expertise isn’t just a bonus; it’s a significant advantage in car accident injury cases. An attorney like Brian Elstein knows Miami’s legal landscape, the ins and outs of local courts, and how judges handle these cases. Elstein Law is always up-to-date with state-specific laws that could affect your case’s outcome. This local focus can expedite proceedings and may increase your chances of a maximum compensation.
Handling Insurance Companies
Insurers often aim to minimize payouts. Know their common tactics:
Downplaying Injuries: Attempts to lessen your settlement
Disputing Liability: Could decrease or deny your compensation
Quick Settlement Offers: Beware of accepting too soon
Why Choose Elstein Legal to Represent your Case?
Since opening Elstein Legal in 2018, Miami personal injury attorney Brian L. Elstein has recovered millions on behalf of his deserving clients. A cum laude graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Brian Elstein honed his skills early as a member of the Nova Trial Association.
Today, he is recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer in Florida and has been selected to the 2022-2023 Florida Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine – a distinction given to only 2.5% of attorneys in Florida, and named 2022 Best Litigation Attorney by Expertise.com.
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