A common question our Fresno car accident attorneys answer for clients has to deal with the value of neck injuries caused by traffic accidents. While we want to give our clients a specific dollar figure when they meet with us during their free consultation, it is impossible to answer this question with absolute certainty because several factors impact the value of a claim.

If a personal attorney in Fresno gives you an exact figure for your claim during your first meeting or early in your case, this should raise red flags for you. You want and you need an attorney who is willing to put forth the effort to investigate your claim thoroughly and completely to give you the best chance of receiving full compensation for all damages.

What are the Factors in a Neck Injury Claim?

Even though more factors may impact the value of a claim, the following four factors are typically the most significant factors in determining the value of your neck injury claim.

  • Nature and extent of injury
  • Amount of actual damages
  • The degree of liability
  • The defendant and amount of insurance

In addition to these factors, the personal injury attorney you choose can also have a significant impact on how much money you receive for your traffic accident claim. You need an attorney who has experience handling these types of claims and who has the resources and skills necessary to handle even the largest and most complex case.

Our Fresno car accident attorneys are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights to receive the maximum compensation for their claim. We have the resources, experience, and skills you want on your side as you fight a large insurance company or corporation for compensation.

Why are These Factors Important in My Case?

  • Nature and extent of injury

In most cases, the more severe your injury, the more money your claim is worth. For example, if your neck injury is a minor strain that heals within a few weeks, your damages might not be extensive. However, if you need surgery, are out of work for months, and require extensive physical therapy, the value of your case will likely increase.

  • Amount of actual damages

You are entitled to claim dollar-for-dollar your out-of-pocket expenses related to your injury. Therefore, the amount of medical bills and lost wages can increase the value of your claim significantly. Other financial damages that may be included in your claim are travel expenses, cost of hiring help with household chores, over-the-counter medications, medical supplies, etc.

  • The degree of liability

In California, if you are partially at fault for the crash, your money can be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you for the collision.  Therefore, the value of your claim could be reduced if the other driver can prove you contributed to the wreck. If you have no fault, then you should be entitled to 100 percent of the value of your claim.

  • The defendant and amount of insurance

The insurance company is only required to pay an amount equal to the maximum insurance coverage. If your claim exceeds the insurance limits of the other driver, the insurance company is not required to pay the entire claim. Therefore, if the driver does not have any personal assets you can try to seize to pay your claim, the value of your claim might be limited to the amount of the driver’s insurance coverage.

Call Torem & Associates for a Free Legal Consultation

If you have suffered a neck injury in a traffic accident, we can help. Call (559) 500-5000 or 1-800-954-4444 to schedule a free consultation with a Fresno car accident attorney. We have a new office at 3649 W. Beechwood Ave., #104, Fresno, CA 93711 for your convenience.