Is there a formula for determining a fair car accident settlement?

There is no formula for guaranteeing a fair car accident settlement. While some factors can carry a dollar figure, such as medical costs and lost wages, many other expenses after a car accident aren't so tangible.

There's no specific way to guarantee that you are fairly compensated for your injuries, but in many cases, you may not even know whether a settlement offer will cover your current and future expenses until you consult with an Atlanta personal injury lawyer.

An Atlanta personal injury lawyer has the resources to map out exactly how your daily life has been impacted from your car accident and resulting injuries. Your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will also take into account the various ways courts assess injuries.

There are two factors that receive a dollar value, including: 
 
  • repair costs to your vehicle (or other property); and
  • medical costs. 


Those two areas don't leave much room for interpretation; but the others do. Your Atlanta personal injury lawyer will pay close attention to the following factors when fighting to get you a fair car accident settlement.

Areas often overlooked when people choose to represent themselves include:
 

  • recovery/rehabilitation time;
  • current/previous health care expenses (related to the accident);
  • future health care expenses;
  • previous/ongoing pain and suffering;
  • future lost wages from missing work;
  • previous/ongoing mental pain and anguish; and
  • permanent disability. 


An Atlanta personal injury lawyer may advise you to wait until a final diagnosis is made regarding the full extent of your injuries to better your chances for receiving fair car accident settlement. This is because you don't want to accept a settlement offer only to later discover that your recovery or ongoing treatment is a lot more serious and expensive than previously thought. It's necessary to allow you time to recover to the fullest extent possible, to demonstrate the extent the injury has affected your day-to-day routine.

Often after a car accident, you'll be dealing with insurance companies and their team of adjusters and attorneys. Insurance company representatives are trained to get you to damage your own chances of a fair settlement and without an Atlanta personal injury lawyer, you may be taken advantage of during this often overwhelming time.

Contacting an Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are the victim of someone else's negligence or carelessness, whether in a traffic accident or some other type of accident, you have certain rights guaranteed by law. To help you understand these rights and seek the compensation you may be eligible for to help get your life back in order, contact the Atlanta Law Offices of Sheryl L. Burke for a no-cost consultation on your injury case - 404-842-7838.