The circumstances of minor car accidents vary, so there is no way to tell what the average settlement is for these situations. However, factors that can contribute to how much your case is worth depend on:
- Nevada’s modified comparative negligence laws, as explained by NRS §41.141
- Your financial, emotional, and physical losses
- The nature of your injuries
- Your expected recovery period
A minor car accident lawyer from our team can review your case and evaluate your damages. We can calculate what an appropriate figure for your case would be.
Protect Yourself after a Minor Car Accident
Because you were in a minor accident, the insurance company might be reluctant to reimburse you for your damages. You can do your part to make sure that they have no reason to offer you a low settlement. Consider:
- Getting prompt medical attention
- Keeping records of your doctors’ appointments, how intense your pain is, and your daily routine
- Avoiding posting about the accident on social media
- Consulting our firm for legal guidance
- Directing all communications to your lawyer if the insurance company asks you for a statement
In reference to the last point, insurance companies are notorious for taking claimants’ words out of context and using these words against them. Our injury lawyers are familiar with these tricks, so it might be beneficial to let us handle all communications on your behalf.
For a free legal consultation, call (702) 633-3333
Recoverable Damages in a Minor Car Accident Case
When calculating the damages you can recover, keep in mind that they are often categorized into two types of losses: economic and non-economic.
These damages come with established financial values. They may include:
- Past and future medical bills, such as emergency transportation, diagnostic tests, medications, assistive medical devices, and ongoing doctors’ appointments
- Past lost wages if you had to skip work due to your treatment and injuries
- Loss of future earning capacity, if your injuries forced you to quit your job and/or take a lower-paying one
- Property damage costs, if your car was damaged in the accident
In contrast, non-economic damages affect your physical and mental health, so it’s more difficult to quantify them. After looking at how the accident has affected your life, a lawyer from our team can price these losses accordingly. Some of them might include:
- Past and future pain and suffering, if your injuries are too painful for you to participate in activities you enjoy
- Past and future mental anguish, if you developed anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or insomnia following the accident.
This is not an exhaustive list, as you may also be entitled to other damages that are not included here.
How Our Accident Lawyers Can Help You Navigate the Legal System
At our firm, our minor car accident lawyers operate on a contingency-fee-basis, which means you don’t owe us anything out of pocket when you hire us. We will only collect payment if you receive compensation for your damages.
In this arrangement, we can:
- Keep you informed on the status of your case
- Answer any of your questions that pertain to the legal process
- Speak to your medical team to learn more about your condition
- Gather photos of your injuries, medical test results, and video footage of the accident
- Interview both eyewitnesses and expert witnesses
- Negotiate a settlement with the insurance company
- Determine the cause of your accident, which could include texting, speeding, or other acts of negligence
In the event that we can’t come to a settlement agreement, we can take your case to court and file a personal injury lawsuit. Under NRS §11.190(4)(e), you typically have two years from the date of the accident to take action. If you come to us soon enough, we can ensure that your lawsuit is filed on time.
The Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson Are Ready to Help You Start Your Case
The fact that there is no average settlement amount for a minor car accident should not be of concern to you. At Bernstein & Poisson, we will use our 60+ years of experience to build your case and fight for the compensation you need.
In a free consultation, you can discuss your legal options with one of our team members. Call us now at (702) 633-3333.