What is the Average Settlement for a Pinched Nerve From a Car Collision?
Did you know that over 70,000 people sustain injuries in car accidents in Michigan every year? Some of these injuries are minor, but others have long-lasting effects and require ongoing medical treatments. Not only can they take a toll on your physical and mental health, but the treatments and time missed from work may also devastate your finances.
Pinched nerves are common car accident injuries that typically affect your health for months or longer. What is the average settlement amount for pinched nerves? Let’s find out.
What Is a Pinched Nerve?
The human body contains trillions of nerves. Their purpose is to transmit signals ——including pain — from the rest of your body to your spinal cord and brain.
Tissues, including muscles, tendons, cartilage and bones, surround your nerves. If these tissues put excess pressure on nerves, it’s known as a pinched nerve. You may feel numbness, tingling, twitching, weakness and pain.
Pinched nerves sometimes heal within a short time. However, some require surgery and patients may experience pain for the rest of their lives.
How Do Car Accidents Cause Pinched Nerves?
Collision impacts can put car occupants’ bodies through tremendous stress. Your body may hit part of the vehicle’s structure, and the forces often jerk your body about. This trauma can produce internal bruising, broken bones and swelling, which can pinch nerves.
A car accident can damage nerves throughout your body, but common areas include:
- Middle and lower back
Pinched nerves may produce only mild discomfort but can also lead to immobility and paralysis. Victims deserve compensation. The Mike Morse Law Firm can help.
How Much Is the Average Settlement for Pinched Nerves?
Victims sustain varying degrees of damage from pinched nerves. Some recover quickly with little medical expense, but others need extensive medical treatments and may suffer life-long consequences.
There’s no such thing as an average settlement because of the broad range of potential damages. Each case is different, but your Mike Morse attorney can evaluate your case to tell you what compensation amounts you may obtain.
How Are Compensation Amounts Determined?
Although there’s no average settlement amount, we take the same steps in most car accident claims to determine how much you are eligible to receive. Fault and negligence are critical.
Police officers and insurance companies will likely investigate your accident, but your Mike Morse legal team will also conduct an investigation. We look for evidence to prove:
- How and why the accident happened
- Negligence on the part of guilty parties
- If other factors existed that contributed to causing your accident, such as icy roads
We will need a copy of the police report from your accident; we also need the results of your initial medical examination.
Most car accident claims revolve around someone’s negligence. Every driver has a legal obligation, known as a duty of care, to take reasonable care while driving to avoid harming others. When a negligent driver causes an accident that injures someone, they are at fault and responsible for paying damages.
To prove negligence, we must show that:
- Someone owed you a duty of care
- They breached that duty of care
- Their breach caused an accident
- The accident injured you and produced damages
Drivers can be negligent in many ways. The top reported hazardous actions for accidents in Michigan in 2021 were:
- Being unable to stop
- Failing to yield the right of way
- Improper lane use
- Disregarding traffic control
- Careless and reckless driving
Most of those actions were negligent forms of driver error.
Modified Comparative Negligence
There is often more than one at-fault party for a car crash. Michigan uses modified comparative negligence in these cases. Each party is assigned a percentage of the blame.
Your percentage of fault determines your eligibility to seek compensation and affects the amount. Suppose that you’re 35% at fault. You can seek compensation, but 35% will be deducted from your settlement. If you’re more than 50% to blame, your compensation options are chancy.
Liable insurance companies may try to place an unfair amount of blame on you to avoid paying damages. Your Mike Morse car accident attorney won’t let that happen to our clients.
Personal injury protection insurance pays certain damages regardless of who is at fault. However, PIP policy payouts may not cover all of your accident-related expenses and don’t cover property damage.
Mike Morse and his team will help you file the appropriate insurance claims.
What Kinds of Compensation Are Available?
Your settlement in Michigan may consist of three categories of damages. The specifics of your particular case determine your eligibility and the amounts you may receive. Ask your car accident lawyer from the Mike Morse Law Firm which categories you qualify for.
Insurance companies rarely offer more than the minimum damages. They often use underhanded tactics attempting to get you to accept less compensation than you’re due. That’s why so many people hire competent car accident lawyers. Most victims obtain significantly higher damages with the assistance of an attorney.
You’ll face various expenses as a direct result of your accident and injuries. Economic damages reimburse you for things like:
- Medical treatments, surgeries, hospital stays, rehabilitation, medical equipment and medications
- Lost income for the time you miss from work
- Property damage
- Qualifying daily expenses, such as hiring a caregiver
Your circumstances may qualify you to seek future damages for medical treatments and an extended time away from work. You’ll need to keep your receipts, bills and invoices relating to your accident so your attorney can use them to calculate your economic damages.
Pinched nerves can create long-lasting pain and inconvenience. If you qualify, non-economic damages compensate for specific ways your injuries affect your life, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Permanent disability or disfigurement
- Becoming unable to enjoy life
- Damaged relationships
The amount you may receive can depend on how significantly these things affect you. Opposing insurance companies may state that you don’t suffer from these conditions or that your accident didn’t cause your injuries.
Your legal team from the Mike Morse Law Firm knows how to prove your claim is valid and will fight to win maximum amounts for you. Although most personal injury claims settle, we won’t hesitate to suggest filing a lawsuit and taking your case to trial if we feel it’s the best course of action.
Some states award punitive damages to victims to punish guilty parties when they exhibit despicable conduct. Michigan awards exemplary damages to compensate victims for despicable behavior. Few cases qualify for exemplary damages.
Do You Have a Pinched Nerve From a Car Accident?
You need to rest and recover, so why try to handle your claim alone when the Mike Morse Law Firm can do it for you? As Michigan’s largest personal injury law firm, we have the resources and knowledge to maximize your compensation. There’s no risk to you because you won’t pay us any fees until we win.
The Mike Morse Law Firm has served Michigan since 1995, winning more than $1 billion for our clients. Request your case review to learn how we can help you. Your evaluation is confidential and free. Call us 24/7 at 855-MIKE-WINS or (855) 645-3946, use live chat, email us or use our contact request form.