If you or a loved one has suffered a back injury due to a car accident in Arizona, call Phoenix car accident lawyer John Kelly to set up a free consultation 602-283-4122
Hi, my name is John Kelly of the Kelly Law Team. I want to talk to you about back injuries in car accidents and what they’re worth in Phoenix.
The unique thing about back injuries in car accidents is that they’re 1) extremely common, 2) they often last a very long time, and 3) they’re hard to value because there’s a lot of different factors that go into it. So I want to talk to you about how it’s hard to put a value on it. Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you that some cases settle for much less than they should, and maybe they settle for 5,000, 10,000 when they should be settling for more like 20, 30, 40, hundreds of thousands of dollars. And there’s a whole spectrum of settlements that we see on back injuries.
Oftentimes people who injure their back, it takes a long time to heal. The back is very unique. It’s very susceptible to injury. It has the tendency to have pain that lasts a long time, and people will go to a primary care doctor or the hospital initially, and maybe they’ll get a little bit of treatment with a chiropractor or physical therapy, but they may still be dealing with that pain. And maybe it’s just low level pain, maybe it’s mid-level pain, but even if it’s low level pain, that’s pain that could last for months, it could last for years. It could be a decade before they feel completely better, and that’s just the nature of back injuries.
So when we’re dealing with valuing a back injury and how much it’s worth, we have to look at the long-term consequences because we only have one chance to settle the claim. And if we settle it with lingering back pain that may cause future medical expenses, future pain and suffering, and just the nature of the injury lasting years and years, we need to know that that dollar figure reflects that and makes it a fair compensation for that kind of thing.
So sometimes that means getting an ortho evaluation done by a doctor that can do the right scans and really give us an opinion about the healing process, and what maybe future interventions are going to be needed. There may be back injuries that need surgery in the future if treatment doesn’t work, if therapy doesn’t work.
Sometimes we’re kind of playing a wait-and-see game before we settle the case to understand whether that back injury is going to require surgery, or maybe we’re getting a future cost of the surgery estimate done to make sure that we understand what that looks like in the future.
If you’d like to talk over those injuries, and understand your future with a back injury, have an accident, please give us a call for a free consultation. You can reach us at Kelly Law Team at 602-283-4122.
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