How Much Can You Get from a Car Accident Lawsuit?
Compensation varies on a case-to-case basis. I always say that no two cases are the same. It depends on the individual, it depends on their injuries. It depends on how that individual responds to those injuries. You can have one person that has a torn ACL in their knee and immediately within a couple weeks they’re back to normal, functional capacity, and then another individual may have the same injury and it could be something that could plague them for the rest of their life. So depending on the injuries and how it affects that person in a subjective manner, that’s going to be the basis for ultimately compensating that person. It’s not a schedule injury or a bright line rule.
It depends on the totality of the circumstances and how it affects that person and it also depends on the ability to collect money. I often say that an injury case is like baking a cake. You need to have three ingredients. You have to have liability, damages, and pockets—liability meaning that someone is ultimately responsible for the incident. You have to have damages, which are injuries that are sustained by that person that are compensable, and then you have to have someone that you can ultimately collect against whether it’s an insurance company or an individual that has a net worth that ultimately you could collect from once obtaining that judgment.”