Can you tell me what an average award is for a rear end accident? I was rear ended, my vehicle was totaled and I injured my lower back (non-operable bulging disk).
After rehab & pain medication my back is doing okay, but I'm told it could "flare up" & cause pain and discomfort throughout my life. I'm 19 year old female. What do you think my case is worth? Thanks.
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ANSWER for "What's a Rear End Accident Worth?":
Regrettably there are no immediately available statistics verifying average awards for rear end collisions. Each one is entirely different from the other.
There have been several cases of people who suffered broken backs as a result of only a 30 mph rear end collision, where under the same conditions there have been others who sustained only minor neck injuries often called “Whiplash.” The average award for these distinct injuries can be thousands of dollars apart.
Because the extent of damage and your future pain and suffering are difficult to quantify, settlements are often framed to be all-inclusive. Negotiating a substantial financial settlement for pain and suffering is almost an art form best left to those with the appropriate skills and experience.
You can attempt to negotiate a settlement on your own, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to sit and talk with a qualified Personal Injury Attorney. Almost all of them will not charge any fee to sit down and review your case. At least you will finally know all your options.
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