Determining Personal Injury Settlements
If you have been seriously injured from the result of someone else’s negligence—such as a car, bicycle, pedestrian or train accident—then you could be eligible to receive compensation as part of a personal injury settlement. However, determining personal injury settlements is tough to do before the case has started. Is the lawsuit worth your time and money if the monetary reward isn’t as high as you had anticipated? Contact our office for a free consultation.
Determining Personal Injury Settlements | What Influences the Value of Your Case?
Aspects that can further influence the value of your injury case include:
- Lingering harm: An injury will clearly cause immediate harm but that is unlikely to be the full extent of it. Pain and complications can last for weeks, months, or years after the initial injury has healed, often requiring rehabilitation. The more likely your injury is to last, the more compensation you should pursue.
- Diminished employment: Working a full-time job in comfort can become extremely difficult after suffering a serious injury. The end result could mean using up sick days and missing pay to failing to achieve a promotion only because of your unfair debilitation. The value of your case could increase depending on the new hardships you face at work.
- Emotional trauma: Particularly violent accidents can cause harm to your emotions and overall wellbeing. It can make day-to-day life difficult and take pleasure out of tasks you once enjoyed, especially if they required physical activity. Using nominal damages, you may be able to achieve greater compensation in your case if you consider mental harm.
Determining Personal Injury Settlements | What Can De-Value Your Case?
To maintain the value of your case, you will want to avoid:
- Accepting blame: The more liable you are found to be for your accident, the less compensation you are bound to recover. Never explicitly state that you are responsible for your own injuries.
- Publicizing your recovery: While your personal injury case is still up in the air, you should keep your life as private as you can, especially on social media. There are plenty of examples of people posting images of themselves relaxing or enjoying a sport with friends, only to have the opposition use it as an example of their fast recovery, or even the falsification of their injuries.
- Talking to the other party: Just as in criminal cases, everything you say in your personal injury case can be used against you. The opposing party will probably send either their lawyer or their insurance company after you for questioning, hoping to find a hole in your case that lowers its overall value. Do not speak to them without legal representation of your own present or counselling you.
If you would like to bring forward a personal injury settlement, please contact our experienced Virginia personal injury attorneys today to schedule a free consultation.