What is the average payout for a personal injury claim?

There is no average payout for a personal injury claim. This is because every case differs in its circumstances, outcome and injuries. While it may seem like a simple question, there is no simple answer because of various factors and variables. 

Some factors can be involved in determining a payout for a personal injury claim. In Pennsylvania, special damages to compensate for expenses related to an accident can cover medical costs, property damage, and lost wages. Reimbursement is usually 100 percent. Special damages can also include future medical expenses and lost future earnings. These expenses can be calculated by adding up receipts.

General damages in Pennsylvania allow a survivor to be compensated for non-economic losses that may include physical pain, disfigurement, loss of companionship, emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life. These costs are difficult to estimate and vary with each case.

Contributory negligence in accidents means whether or not you were also at fault. Any degree of fault you may be assessed is used for figuring out a personal injury settlement. Settlements vary depending on the degree of fault involved. Compensation can be obtained in Pennsylvania, provided the survivor’s negligence is not greater than the negligence of the defendants. Survivors can be 50 percent responsible for an accident. They cannot be more than 50 percent responsible, or they cannot collect. 

In general, the maximum amount recoverable from a car accident is highly variable and depends on the facts of each situation. It also involves an at-fault driver’s insurance limit, the survivor’s insurance policy limits, injuries sustained and how serious they are, and how much damage is due to the crash.

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