The average pain and suffering settlement for a car accident is difficult to determine, as it varies greatly on a case-by-case basis. Every case and each injury victim will have a different set of circumstances that determine the specific value of their pain and suffering. Factors that contribute to this valuation include the severity of your physical injuries and the degree to which the accident impacts you mentally and physically.
When we represent you, our team reads and reviews your medical records and talks to you about the impact and repercussions of the accident. We then help you assign a financial value to your pain and suffering and the other recoverable damages in your case.
What Other Types of Compensation Could You Receive?
In addition to pain and suffering, your injuries may also entitle you to additional non-economic damages. For example, you could recover compensation for physical disabilities, lasting disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life. The economic damages Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 11-109 allows you to recoup may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Property damage
Your recovery could include damages for both current and future expenses and losses from the accident. Our team will collect your medical records, pay stubs or direct deposit receipts, and vehicle repair and replacement estimates to determine the value of your case.
What If a Car Accident Resulted in a Fatality?
According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) data from 2019, there were 484 fatal car accidents that resulted in 521 fatalities. If a member of your family was fatally injured in a collision, you could be entitled to these additional forms of compensation:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of support and guidance
Our team will help you assess the value of your injuries. While you cope with the unexpected loss of a loved one, we fight for the compensation your family deserves due to negligence.
For legal consultation, call (410)886-6215
How Does Our Law Firm Help with Your Case?
If your car accident case is complicated – for example, if the collision involved multiple vehicles, a hit-and-run driver, or a government or municipal building – our team wants to help simplify the personal injury process for you. Whether your car accident was considered major or minor, we will:
- Order the police report for you
- Handle all relevant communication
- Identify and pursue the at-fault driver
- Assign a value to your case
- Negotiate on your behalf
Because we care about every aspect of your recovery, we will recommend highly qualified medical providers, as well—the same ones we choose for our own staff and family. We also make sure you can reach us by phone, email, and a unique text number anytime.
How do You Prove Negligence?
To seek compensation from the at-fault driver, you have to prove that their negligence led to the accident. When we represent you, we will use the following types of evidence to support your case:
- The accident report
- Statements from witnesses
- Injury and vehicle photos
- Medical records and treatment bills
- Police notes and diagrams
Did you know that any percentage of fault on your part could disqualify you from financial recovery? This is because Maryland is one of only four states that practices contributory negligence. As such, our team will work hard to prove the at-fault driver caused the accident.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Lawyer?
If you or someone you love was injured, a personal injury lawyer from our team wants to represent you on a contingency-fee basis. This type of fee agreement allows you to seek compensation with no upfront or out-of-pocket expenses.
On your behalf, our team will work hard to reach an agreeable financial settlement. With this approach, we hope to get you the compensation you deserve without a lengthy trial.
Does It Matter When I File My Lawsuit?
Maryland’s filing deadline will affect how long you have to file a lawsuit. Based on the outcome of the accident, the following timelines may apply:
- The filing window for personal injury cases is generally three years, per Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 5-101.
- The filing window for wrongful death cases is also generally three years, per Cts. & Jud. Proc. Code § 3-904.
With enough notice, our team can make sure your case is filed on time. When we get involved immediately, we also have time to investigate the accident scene, locate and interview witnesses, and canvass the area for residential and commercial video footage.
Get Help Valuing Your Pain and Suffering
Our case assessment team understands that there is no average pain and suffering settlement for a car accident. Your case deserves personalized attention and evaluation, and we want to provide it. Contact the team at the Law Offices of Adam M. Smallow by calling (410) 777-8960 to start fighting for the compensation you deserve due to negligence.