After you suffer an injury from a car accident, you may not know how to assess what your injury claim is actually worth. That may make it very difficult to determine how fair a given settlement offer actually is. Depending on who makes the offer and how quickly they do so, you may have fairly significant concerns about the value of the settlement overall.
It is common to use online accident settlement calculators to estimate your damages, but they are often surprisingly inaccurate. For instance, if you suffered a certain injury and need a surgery or a particular type of treatment to recover, the estimated cost of the treatment or surgery may vary greatly between various care providers. The calculator may claim that your injury requires a $30,000 surgery, for instance, when your care provider charges $40,000 to perform that surgery.
You should not bear the cost of that difference, and you should not have to compromise the quality of your care. Be sure to seek out quality legal guidance to help you professionally assess the true costs of your injury and other expenses or losses the injury incurs.
It requires time and skill to determine the scope of the injury and the treatment required. Many people find trying to do it alone overwhelming. There are also other factors that may play a roll in the settlement, such as suffering or ongoing treatment needs.
Be sure that you have all the guidance you need to seek truly fair settlements after any kind of accident. While online calculators may offer helpful ballpark understanding of your injury's value, you don't want to loosely estimate when it comes to justice for your losses. Be sure to use all the tools you have available to secure a strong, fair settlement that truly addresses the full range of your losses and expenses after an accident.
Source: Findlaw, "Are Car Accident Settlement Calculators Accurate?," accessed Nov. 03, 2017