We are going to discuss motorcycle accident settlements in today’s legal article. We have gone around the web and located some interesting and insightful cases and settlements. We have added in some of our own victories as well just to toot our own horn. We all know the saying. With that being said, let us showcase a deeper understanding of the values of motorcycle accident settlements by your favorite motorcycle accident attorney in Atlanta, Georgia.
A recent motorcycle accident settlement involved a broken forearm that required surgery. The surgery entailed a metal plate and screws to hold together the unstable fracture that required months of therapy, and two surgeries before reaching maximum medical improvement. The treating orthopedic surgeon provided our client a 5% permanent partial disability rating. With approximately $23,000 in medical expenses, a 5% permanent partial disability, and approximately $10,000 in lost wages we were able to settle this matter to the satisfaction of our client according to the Barrera Law Firm. They settled the case for $79,000.
Proner & Proner is reporting that they settled a motorcycle accident case for $900,000, involved a broken ankle sustained in an intersection accident in Queens, New York. The defendant driver drove his car making a left turn into the path of the motorcycle. The accident the client to have a permanent effects on his health and earning capacity.
One of the things I liked about this article is what happens at the end. I like it when clients spend their settlement money right. This guy went ahead and started setting up a college fund for his child and bought a place to live reducing his living expenses. It is also reported that he bought three motorcycles with the settlement proceeds. I am not sure if a agree with that, but to each their own. Right?
Video About Motorcycle Injuries
We recently settled a motorcycle accident case in our office. We relied heavily on uninsured motorist coverage. Why? The lady that hit my client causing him to break both femur bones, only had the state required minimum insurance. In the state of Georgia, that means that she only had $25,000 worth of coverage. That did not even cover that emergency room bills. We found multiple other policies and worked to get the most recovery as possible. This case showed the significance of being a good detective and finding any and all insurance policies to make this client whole again.
New York who was ejected from his motorcycle when he ran over a patch of small rocks in a roadway, causing him to lose control of his bike. This is a case against a municipality alleging that it failed to properly design the roadway gutters and drains and also failed to properly maintain the road.
After multiple depositions and expert testimony they were able to prove that after a rainstorm several days prior to the accident, the County failed to follow their own internal guidelines and State regulations regarding inspecting their roadways.
As a result of the accident the motorcycle driver sustained a fracture to his talus, which required surgery, a fractured clavicle and bi-lateral tears of his rotator cuffs. This case settled during jury selection for $200,000.
Major Considerations About Motorcycle Settlements
One of the biggest obsticles in any personal injury case, is finding all of the insurance and hoping that it is enough to cover the damages of the case. Let us unpack that sentence because it can be a heart breaker.
First you have to find all of the insurance. This is not as easy as you may believe. You would think that the insurance company for the at-fault driver would just give it to you, right? Wrong! They don’t have to do it unless you force them to with the correct statutory language and affidavits. Isn’t that amazing?
So, let us pretend that you have gotten this far. Is that all of the insurance out there? This is a huge topic and broader than the scope of this article, but you must start looking to uninsured motorist coverage, medical payment insurance and other policy provisions.
Now, that you have found that insurance, is it enough? Now, we are talking more about the value of the case. Although this article deals with back injuries, you should fully read this article about average settlements. Here is just a taste from Back Injury Settlements:
One of the biggest questions would be are you well. And what I mean by that is are you going to require future medical bills. That is very important consideration in any back injury settlement negotiations. For example, if you’re going to require back surgery, then we must factor that in to the negotiations. In most type of cases that require surgery, I find it is best to wait until we all have a clear understanding that you’re going to be completely well when the surgery is over. Otherwise, we may undervalue your case. Many times one surgery will not be enough. In addition to the surgery, you most likely will have to endure physical therapy for several months. And even after that is over, you still may need additional surgeries are various types of adjustments. In any and all of the above scenarios, you’re going to require additional money to pay those bills. In addition to the bills, you have continued to sustain additional pain and suffering.
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This is article should help you understand that these cases can have significant value, if handled right and the insurance is there to pay for the actual damages.
This article was written by Attorney Joseph P. McClelland. Mr. McClelland is an attorney, author and activist.