- The worth of your personal injury case depends on the extent of your injuries, as well as the extent of the evidence that you can show implicating the driver.
- The settlement amounts for bicycle personal injuries are calculated based on the strength of the evidence in your case. The more proof of concrete damages you can show, the higher your settlement is likely to be.
- Even if you believe your injuries were relatively small (i.e., soft tissue injuries), go to a doctor and have them treated/documented. Juries still take these cases very seriously, so insurance companies do as well.
The worth of a bike accident personal injury case in Arkansas really depends on your injuries.
With a brain injury or a broken bone, it’s hard to say what a case is worth without knowing the extent of the injuries. Your attorney’s job is to get you the most compensation for your injuries based on the evidence we can demonstrate or show to a jury or to an insurance adjuster.
So, the more documentation you have of your injuries, of what happened, that you are able to share with us, the better we will likely be able to assist you. It’s our job to tell your story. It’s your job to help us figure out what your story is.
We don’t know, for instance, if you’ve missed work, if you’ve got temporary restrictions or even permanent restrictions on working or moving or doing other activities. We don’t know if you have to do physical therapy or have an invasive surgery. We don’t know if you’ve got permanent brain damage.
These are all things we need you to tell us so that we can most effectively tell your story and get you the settlement you deserve.
How Are Bicycle Accident Injury Settlement Amounts Calculated?
The calculation metric for bicycle personal injury cases kind of goes in line with the evidence you have to prove your losses.
You have to document your injuries, your suffering, your pain, your treatment plan, and all of your restrictions. The more that is outlined and detailed, the stronger proof that we would have to present at a jury trial.
Often, though, cases don’t get as far as a trial, as insurance companies want to save on the expense of having to bring the matter to Court. Rather, we most often show the evidence we have to an insurance company to get you the highest amount we can that you are happy with through settlement, which happens outside of Court.
A good starting point for these settlements is the amount to cover the medical bills you’ve already incurred so far. But then we go beyond that sum and look at the treatment that you’re going to have to have in the future.
We also look at the things you can’t do, the work you’re going to miss, and the restrictions you’re going to have—like not being able to ride your bike anymore, or not being able to perform regular activities of daily living. All of that comes into play to build your ultimate demand amount of what we think your case is worth.
Does The Severity Of An Injury From A Bicycle Accident Ensure The Likelihood Of Receiving A Large Settlement?
The severity of an injury from a bicycle accident is a good starting point for calculating settlement amounts.
People that are injured more severely require greater compensation than people who are not as badly injured. This goes back to recalling the importance of sharing all the facts with your attorney and all of your complaints with your doctors.
Everything that you tell us, everything that you tell your health care providers, all of that is evidence that we use to achieve a higher settlement or a verdict at trial.
How Do I Know When I Should Settle My Bike Accident Claim?
There is a right time to settle – but that’s not until you’ve received all the treatment that you need, your doctor has outlined your future care, you understand your temporary (or permanent) restrictions, and we have built your lost wage claim.
From there, we begin to negotiate a settlement with the insurance company. If you are not happy or you feel you have not been properly compensated from the negotiations with the insurance company, then you have the right to take your case to a jury.
This means that if the insurance company is not offering you fair compensation and you are not happy with the amount of money you are getting – you should take your case to a jury and should not settle at all.
Our clients have the ultimate decision on whether to accept the settlement or go to trial. It’s our job as your lawyer to fight for you, to try to settle the case if possible, and to try to get you the top offer.
From that point, it’s our job to give you our advice and let you make the decisions. We fight for you, advise you, and (if necessary) continue fighting at trial based on what you want.
Is It Going To Be Much Harder To Win My Bicycle Accident Personal Injury Case If I Only Have Soft Tissue Injuries From My Bike Accident?
Our advice on this matter is always to go to the doctor – no matter how little or how much you believe you are injured. It’s important to have a doctor document everything.
Insurance companies will always pay what they think a jury is going to make them pay and will try to do so without the extra expenses of going to trial. And, fortunately, no jury is going to laugh at somebody who was hit by a car on a bicycle. They are going to take that seriously regardless of the level of injuries.
What Can I Do To Assist My Attorney In Getting The Best Outcome For My Bicycle Accident Injury Claim?
One of the main things you can do to help your attorney in getting you the best possible outcome in your personal injury claim is to follow the treatment plan that your doctor gives you, and not miss any doctors’ appointments.
Treat your injuries as they tell you to, go to your follow-up appointments, and do everything you need to do to get yourself back to where you were before the accident—or as close to that point as possible.
If you don’t have an attorney yet, don’t let any insurance adjuster try to talk you into accepting an offer early, before you know the full extent of your injuries and you’re finished with treatment.
A lot of insurance adjusters will try to settle early and close your claim before you know the true extent of your injuries and the true value of your case.
Generally speaking, it is advisable that you never accept any money from the insurance company without having consulted with an experienced attorney beforehand.
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