Depending on the unique circumstances of a Broward County auto accident, various injuries may result. And depending on the severity of the injury that results from the car accidents, great disparity lies in the land of verdicts and settlements. Florida’s Department of Highway Safety reports that 650 auto accidents occur every day. Over 200,000 auto accident injuries are sustained yearly, as well as over 2,000 car crash fatalities.
The overabundance of auto accident injuries has led drivers and passengers alike with the need to know about the available damages they may be entitled to receive. The most common auto accident injuries can be categorized into one of the following groups: brain and head, neck, back, face, and psychological injuries. Injured South Florida auto accident victims are permitted to be compensated for expenses that include medical costs pertaining to the injuries, lost wages and earning capacity, and pain and suffering when applicable.
Since every car crash scene has varying details and injuries, it’s essentially irrelevant to publish the average amount someone can expect from an auto accident crash. However, you may be shocked to learn of America’s largest car accident verdicts and settlements, as described in the article below.
America’s Largest Auto Accident Settlement
In 2011, Mr. Jerome Dean was awarded $10 million for injuries he sustained while he was sitting in his parked car. The clincher? While the plaintiff was legally parked, he was rear-ended by a police vehicle, causing his car to roll over a curb onto the lawn. The 52-year old New Jersey construction worker sustained major injuries to his neck and spinal cord, which apparently resulted in the victim losing the ability to move his neck. The herniated discs required multiple surgeries, which ultimately made it impossible for the victim to eat typical foods. The NJ jury awarded the auto accident victim 8.5 million for his injuries, and another 1.5 to his wife for her own pain and suffering of being left with a severely injured spouse.
In the case described above, the verdict and settlement had enormous success for several reasons. Personal injury cases are based on proving two factors: liability and damages. Firstly, the plaintiff must be able to prove negligence on the part of the defendant. In this case, the victim was not seen, when he was clearly visible, so negligence was grounds for proving liability. Secondly, the plaintiff must be able to prove that the severity of the injury caused measurable damages to loss of income, medical bills, and pain and suffering.
If you have been involved in an auto accident in South Florida, it is highly likely that you sustained serious injuries from a life-threatening experience. It is important to talk with an experienced South Florida Auto Accident Attorney that understands specific injuries sustained from accidents. Contact the Law Offices of David Benenfeld to find out what your legal rights are and how to receive help. Call: [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] to meet with a skilled Auto Accident Attorney.