Our firm represents new car accident clients and slip and fall clients each day in Charlotte, NC. Injuries from those accidents range from soft tissue injuries to broken bones, and each personal injury claim is unique. Your injuries directly affect the value of your claim. Understandably, clients want to know what broken bones from car accidents are worth when it comes time to settle a claim. The answer depends on a few factors.
Perhaps the most telling indicator of the value of your personal injury claim is the medical treatment you received. Your Charlotte personal injury lawyer will analyze this from two perspectives: the actual medical records, and the medical billing. Some broken bones from car accidents require a cast and time to heal, while others require numerous screws, pins and rods in order to support the broken bone while it heals. The differing nature of treatment will change the value of your claim.
Time Missed From Work
Broken bones from car accidents routinely lead to missed work. If the car accident gave rise to missed work or lost wages, your lawyer will ask you to have your employer sign a Lost Wages Affidavit in support of establishing the wages you lost as a direct result of the car accident. Depending upon your job, a broken bone may mean a few days out of work, or several weeks. Your lost wages will be added to your medical billing totals and will contribute to the total value of your claim.
Personal injury lawyers and insurance adjusters often talk about Special Damages. These can include but are not limited to, harm you suffered as a direct result of your car accident. They extend beyond the physical injuries. For instance, if you were in a car accident and it caused you to miss your daughter’s graduation, or a ski trip to the mountains, your personal injury lawyer will assist you in valuing those special damages. This includes both out-of-pocket expenses and intangible losses like missing your own 16th birthday or your senior year season of track and field due to a broken bone from a car accident.
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