After a car accident
, you may feel increasingly overwhelmed by your mounting medical expenses, inability to work, and lengthy physical recovery.
Recent Case Settlements We Have Won For Our Clients
Here are some recent case settlements that we achieved for past clients after they were involved in auto accidents in Texas:
- Wrongful death caused by a drunk driver after leaving a Dallas bar. Case settled for the $100,000 policy limits of the at-fault driver and a confidential seven-figure settlement with the bar where he had been drinking.
- $300,000 Client was hit by a drunk driver that failed to yield the right of way at an intersection.
- $250,000 Client hit by a drunk driver that ran a red light while driving over twice the speed limit.
It’s important to know that Texas law allows injured car accident victims to get financial compensation for their losses.
You may be curious about common injuries suffered by car accident victims and how those impact settlements.
While car accident
settlement examples can help you get an idea of potential payouts, it’s important to speak
to a personal injury attorney and discuss the specific factors affecting the value of your case.
Common Injuries Suffered in Auto Accidents
Injuries suffered by those involved in car accidents depend on several factors, including speed, road conditions, and the type of vehicles involved.
Here are some common injuries
suffered by car accident victims in Texas.
Head and Neck Injuries
Car accidents can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI)
. The most common type of TBI is a concussion, and although the least severe, concussions still create significant health consequences.
Other internal brain injuries such as brain bruises, skull fractures, coup-contrecoup, and brain penetration are more severe and require extensive medical interventions.
Lacerations and Deep Bruises
Deep bruising and lacerations sometimes occur when someone is thrust into their dashboard or against any part of their car.
Some cuts may be deep enough to reach the bone and require surgery.
Dislocated or Broken Bones
Bones can be broken or dislocated during car accidents due to the force of a collision.
Broken ribs are a particularly common injury when the force of an impact from the front, side, or rear violently moves your body in many directions.
An internal bleeding injury is serious and can be fatal if not correctly diagnosed. Unfortunately, the symptoms of internal bleeding might not be immediately apparent.
Therefore it is vital to seek medical attention after a car accident, even if you think you are fine.
The most common muscular injury suffered by victims of car accidents is whiplash
When the neck’s muscles, ligaments, and tendons are shaken or pulled suddenly in an accident, the back-and-forth movement of the head can cause whiplash.
Vehicles contain flammable liquids, both in the gas tank and under the hood, and car accidents can create sparks that cause these liquids to ignite.
If victims become trapped in a burning car, they may suffer severe burns that can leave them with disfiguring scars and emotional trauma.
Damage to the spinal cord
is a particularly serious injury because victims could lose mobility or suffer complete paralysis.
Even if paralysis is not a concern, ruptured discs, fractures, and herniated discs leave victims in excruciating pain and require extensive physical therapy treatments.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
For most, car accidents are deeply distressing experiences. On top of physical injuries, many victims also suffer from PTSD after a crash.
Symptoms of PTSD include anxiety, depression, and difficulty moving forward in life.
What Can I Recover in My Auto Accident Settlement?
Car accident settlement payouts depend on the value of an injured victim’s damages. Texas law permits victims to recover economic and non-economic damages.
If you review examples of car accident settlements, they always include economic damages
These damages represent financial losses directly related to your injuries and include the following:
- Medical expenses,
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earnings, and
- Property damage.
These losses are easier to calculate than non-economic losses because you can quantify the losses by adding up receipts, invoices, pay stubs, and other tangible evidence.
Auto accident settlement amounts could also include non-economic damages.
However, the calculation of these less tangible damages is challenging without the assistance of a qualified personal injury attorney.
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering,
- Emotional distress,
- Permanent injury or disfigurement,
- Loss of consortium, and
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
Due to their subjective nature, non-economic damages vary significantly from person to person and are more difficult to prove.
For instance, it’s difficult to put a monetary value on a burn injury that left the victim permanently disfigured or a brain injury that left a victim in a vegetative state.
In spite of these challenges, non-economic damages are worth fighting for and provide meaningful support for victims on their path to recovery.
The attorneys at Aaron A. Herbert, P.C.
work tirelessly to obtain positive results for our clients throughout the State of Texas.
Our number one mission is to advocate for the rights of our clients.
We have decades of legal experience, and we use our ample resources and aggressive litigation strategies to get our clients the best outcome possible.
Trust our trial-tested attorneys with your case to maximize your odds of success. Contact us
today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you.