INJURED IN AUTO ACCIDENT – WHAT DAMAGES CAN YOU RECOVER
If you sustain a personal injury in an auto accident caused by a negligent driver, what amount of money can you expect to recover to compensate you for your damages?
Existing Texas law allows victims to recover money from the negligent driver’s insurance company to compensate for the following elements of damage: past medical expenses and future medical expenses that were paid or incurred that were reasonable and necessary to treat the injury; for past and future physical pain and mental anguish, for past and future physical impairment caused by the injury; and for past and future loss of earning capacity.
Most victims want to settle their case and want to know how much money they can expect to receive in a settlement. The amount of money is based on what a jury would award if the case were tried in court to a jury. The amounts of money juries are awarding in various geographical regions for various types of injuries are reported and board-certified personal injuries for both victims and insurance companies study those results. Fair and reasonable settlement amounts are determined by past jury verdicts for similar injuries.
The more serious the injury, and the longer the injury causes damages, the more money the victim is likely to recover. An experienced board-certified personal injury attorney will be able to give a good prediction of a range of likely outcomes, and help you understand what is reasonable for a settlement.