It is difficult to provide an accurate average figure on personal injury settlements. There are many different types of personal injury cases and each situation will have unique facts and circumstances that impact how much a plaintiff will be able to recover. While you may come across numbers referring to the median figure for personal injury settlements in North Carolina, those are not the same as the average. The median shows the middle value of all cases combined and there is a typically a wide range of settlement values, meaning it is not an accurate prediction of what you may receive from a personal injury claim. It’s best to talk with a personal injury attorney to learn how much compensation you may be eligible for. However, there are some ways to calculate broadly how much your claim might be worth.

Generally, a personal injury settlement’s amount depends on the costliness of the accident. A fair settlement should compensate your medical bills in full. In addition, you will likely be eligible to receive compensation for any wages or salaries that you were unable to earn because of the accident. Furthermore, your settlement might also include compensation for any non-economic losses, such as emotional distress or trauma, that came from your injuries. It is important to document all bills and losses you suffered from the accident to help build your claim.

 

A primary limitation on how much you may receive from a personal injury claim is North Carolina’s contributory negligence law. Contributory negligence is a legal doctrine that states if the plaintiff’s own negligence, or carelessness, contributed to his/her injury in any way, the plaintiff is barred from recovering any compensation from the incident. This can lead to potentially unfair results, such as not allowing an injured plaintiff who was only slightly negligent to win a lawsuit against a defendant who was very much at fault. North Carolina is one of only four states to practice contributory negligence in personal injury law, as the majority of the country uses comparative negligence, which differs from contributory negligence by calculating damages based on the percentage of fault involved for each party. Another limitation on your settlement may be the defendant’s insurance policy limit that potentially could cap how much compensation you would be eligible to receive.

Because North Carolina’s law is particularly strict about receiving compensation for personal injury cases, you should work with an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you receive the full financial compensation you deserve. Remember, insurance

companies are trying to close the case as soon as they can and might not provide you with the maximum compensation you are eligible for. Let an attorney work with you and help fight for a fair and representative personal injury settlement.