How much money can I get for my car accident settlement? Injury attorney answers your questions.

How much money can I get for my car accident settlement?  Injury attorney answers your questions.

John Kelly answers online questions about how much money you can expect to receive from an car accident settlement. You may also visit us online at https://www.jkphoenixpersonalinjuryattorney.com/auto-accident/ or post a question to the comments section and John has agreed to answer your questions.

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The questions are as follows:

1. Candice- I was in a minor accident with my 11 year old son in the car three weeks ago. There was slight damage to the front right fender, but nothing major. It was a bit scary for us both, but it really didn’t seem like a big deal. The insurance company from the woman that hit us is paying for the repairs to the car and provided me with settlement documentation to sign. The issue is my son is now complaining his neck hurts. How much should I expect from the insurance company?

2. Jose- I am a construction manager and while I was headed to work I was hit by a guy exiting the freeway. The police came and cited the driver for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. My truck was totaled and I had to go to the hospital. The injuries were not major, but I missed three days of work and I’m having back pains. The insurance company is wanting me to sign a release document and offering me a settlement. If I counter offer will I have to get an attorney?

3. Jeff- How do I know how much the car insurance company should pay me for my car accident?

4. Tommy- I was recently t-boned by a drunk driver and have significant medical bills. I’ve been provided a large offer by the insurance company and I think it should cover everything. I realize I might be able to get more money, but I really need the cash now to pay my bills. How can I get more money without having to wait for a lawsuit, etc.?

Transcript:

– We’re with John Kelly. John is a personal injury attorney in Phoenix, Arizona. And he’s agreed to answer some online questions related to car accidents. With that said, John, I’m gonna go ahead and get in the first question and we’ll go from there. First question was from Candace. Candace says, I was in a minor accident with my 11-year-old son three weeks ago. There was light damage to the front right fender, but nothing major. It was a bit scary for both of us, but it really didn’t seem like a big deal. The insurance company from the woman that hit us, is paying for the repairs and the car insurance provided me with the settlement documentations to sign. Basically, she got a settlement document to sign. And the issue is my son is now complaining of his neck hurting. What are my options?

– Okay, for Candace having your child in the vehicle, sounds like the child’s injured now. Which is something that insurance companies, what they’ll typically do in these kinds of cases, is they’re going to reach out right away and see if they can settle the case. If she has a child that’s complaining of an injury, she needs to get that child in to be evaluated first, to make sure that the child doesn’t have any long term consequences from this injury. What can happen is that the insurance company will send an individual who’s been in a wreck the documentation and a check, and say, hey sign off on this. You’ll get this nice check. We’ll move on from it. The problem with that is, later on, if there’s injuries that were not diagnosed there’s no recovery for that. So, the good news is for Candace, it sounds like the adverse insurance company, the person that hit her, has accepted liability. That’s a first step. So, they’ve taken responsibility for this accident. It’s up to her now to show the insurance company what her injuries are, and her child’s injuries are. And they won’t take her word for it. She can’t just call them up and say, hey, my child has some neck pain can you compensate him for that. She’s gonna have to provide documentation. So when I get a client, I make sure that we have everything that is complained of from the client that’s gotta be evaluated by a doctor, actually diagnosed as that. And we use those bills and records of those visits, to make a demand later on. Typically we wait at least a couple of months after the accident to make sure that there’s no lingering effects that we’re not taking care of. So, she should probably at least consult with her attorney and definitely needs to get medical attention for her daughter.

– Okay, next question we have was from Jose. Jose says, I’m a construction manager and while I was headed to work, I was hit by a guy exiting the freeway. The police came and cited the driver for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. My truck was totaled, and I had to go to the hospital. The injuries were not major, but I missed three days of work and I’m having back pains. The insurance company is wanting me to sign a release document and offering me a settlement. If I counter offer, will I have to get an attorney?

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20 thoughts on “How much money can I get for my car accident settlement? Injury attorney answers your questions.”

  1. ~ if someone is trying to sue someone else with no money instead of taking the money from the insurance because they want more does the case get thrown out of court or what happens?? ~

  2. Listen I'm worried like hell, I have never been in an accident so much as a parking ticket all my life and then recently i rear ended someone on the highway this person is now suing me for personal injuries, but the car i was driving was in my fathers name…im broke…are they going to try and sue my dad for everything he owns like I feel soo bad about all of this

  3. I had n accident and the car is total lost but didn’t pay it off yet it’s a 2017 Chevy do the insurance will deal with me with the settlement price or they will deal with the dealer ???

  4. My wife was sitting at a red light when a guy hit her from the back really hard, and she was a car length away from the car in front and managed to damage that car in the process in total it was 5 cars. She had two kids 2-6 and her brother age 14 in the car, my kids are scared to be in the car and my son has nightmares about it. What can I do? The guy that hit her worked for Uber , I'm trying to find out if he was on the clock. He showed no signs of stopping not even skid marks .

  5. My little brother was in a car accident last night (he was not at fault) he had done a police report and told the firemen that he wasn't in any pain (bc of adrenaline) so they didn't really check on him (yes not the paramedics) he didn't get much information on the guy at fault but his license plate number. He is now saying he is having major neck and chest pains, his left knee and left elbow are swollen and has a hard time walking. my question is because he doesn't have health insurance, is there anything we can do to try to get a settlement?

  6. I was in an accident Friday. I felt a scrap on my back but I didn't think it was a big deal and I was more worried about my sports car. I told the EMS that I was fine. Later that day my back and right side started to hurt. It's still hurts today. It's saturday. I'm planning to call my doctor on Monday. Is that too late? I'm not trying to get billed for doctor visits that I don't need.

  7. i`m wondering what my settlement will be…uhaul truck pulled out in front of me..the guys insurance doesnt want to take responsibility, and the driver didnt report accident to uhaul. the other driver was cited. my car estimate is over $2300…i had to go to chiropractor for 8 weeks for whiplash and shoulder pain…chiro said i`m not getting worse but i`m not getting better. the lawyer has just received the paperwork from chiropractor. i`m wondering who is going to be responsible, uhaul or other drivers insurance, or driver himself?

  8. Is it possible to win some but not all of the financial damages you are seeking in small claims court? For example: I'm seeking $3600. $1000 of that will be easy to prove liability & damages. The rest of the $3600, won't be so easy. Might a judge award me the $1000, but not the full $3600? Does going after the full $3600 hurt my chances of an overall successful outcome?

  9. Where I made my car payments to also had insurance on my car .I told them about this they didn't do anything.

  10. I had lie ability insurance at the time of hit and run .Hit my car on a left hand turn called police report they say they no one on camera . I'm hearing that where I make my car payment to should of fix my car because I also had insurance threw them they said nothing to me at the when I told them

  11. Hi. A woman put her car in reverse and hit my car while we where sitting still waiting at a red light. Her insurance company is saying it was my fault. What should I do?

  12. I was in and auto accident and I broke my breast bone and crushed my knee bone on both sides of my knee and some bone was removed. It's been 6months now, and I still can't walk with out falling or walking with a Walker. What kind of money could I get? I also have lots of headaches.

  13. I was just wondering how much my settlement will be getting for getting rear ended (Car totaled) already contacted an attorney. I have been to the chiropractor for 3 months and now going to the physical therapy for a month now. I have whiplash and lots of lowerback pain.

  14. I wonder how many people milk these claims. I have a friend who ran over a 100 lbs improvised explosive device overseas and didn’t even document it out of pride. I’m going to guess a lot. Fucking scum bags.

  15. I was driving last week on a Tuesday I was in the middle lane and as I was passing by this hotel this girl had just came out of this hotel stops in the middle of the road and tries to uturn but she can’t because of traffic here I come i couldn’t move to the right because there was a car on the side of me so I put the break as hard and quick as I could and I end up hitting her..the airbag knocks me and my brother (who’s a minor)out..my brother gains his consciousness back he thought I was dead he said I was laying on the airbag so he shakes me to wake up thank god I was able to snap out of it omg I heard bells in my ears seen stars ..This is my first accident ever I was so shook scared terrified and so broken hearted because my little brother had a few cuts and bruises..The other driver she had no feeling she didn’t say not one word she even had the audacity to ask some random guy watching is my car fixable their like no because that car is a late model and that they no longer make those cars anymore..She got a ticket for failure to yield and we checked ourselves in the hospital..Oh and my car is not fixable it’s totaled..do you think I can have a case should I take legal action?

  16. I have a question. I was in a hit and run accident rear ended on my scooter the driver was later arrested the same night for leaving scene and DUI. My license plate was still embedded in the cars front bumper. I sustained minor head injuries and lower back injuries. I want to handle claim on my own any tips?

  17. I was rear-ended by a driver in CA and had vehicle damage over 1K($1400) and have been going to a health clinic 2-3x week for about 2.5 months. The other parties' insurance co. has just contacted me but I already have an attourney. Does it hurt to call their insurance co and see what kind of settlement I can get? What would be a minimum settlement offer that I should consider? Thanks.

  18. How about if you didn't get injured but it was a hit and run but the vehicle was insured but the person reported the vehicle stolen after the wreck. Is this a shady case here.

  19. So I'm getting sued by some one from a accident and your telling my insurance company has to provide me a lawyer and if I lose. Than my insurance company has to pay the amount being sued for?

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