Strange as it may seem, even if two people get injured in the same accident, the value of each case can differ greatly.
Let's look at the factors that can cause such differences.
Logically, the more severe your injuries, the greater the potential value of your claim. In addition, the length of treatment time also makes a difference. Injuries that resolve themselves quickly are worth less than those requiring ongoing care, including home adaptations, transportation assistance, and other services.
Permanent injuries tend to receive the most settlement. If you have become disabled for the long-term or permanently, your personal injury attorney should professionally do everything possible to get you the compensation you deserve.
Again, it is logical that the more you were earning, the more you are losing, with every day off work recovering. Depending on the length of your recovery, this lost income might include salary raises, bonuses, and compensation for inflation.
Making an accurate accounting of future income loss is best done by professionals who have experience looking at the complete earnings picture.
We are not speaking here about your physical state but rather your emotional/psychological situation. Sometimes this is called "pain and suffering." It could also be thought of as emotional distress or an inability to enjoy life.
Whatever you choose to call it, your accident may have caused this kind of damage. Your personal injury case can include compensation for this aspect also.
Is someone else responsible for the accident which caused your personal injury case? What exactly were the circumstances?
Personal injury attorneys look for evidence of the following three categories:
malice — wrongful intention
fraud — misleading in order to gain financially
oppression — malicious or unjust treatment or use of power
Situations with one or more of the above characteristics (such as drunk drivers, violent situations, uses of undue force, etc.) can increase the value of your case by adding a punitive (punishment) award.
Much as you are suffering at the moment, and we totally empathize, there are factors that can lower the value of your personal injury case.
Did your negligence contribute to the accident? Negligence can be defined as "failing to behave with usual/expected care." For example, texting with driving.
If you were negligent, the court will decide by how much (what percent you were at fault), and your personal injury settlement will be reduced accordingly.
Your medical compliance
Are you doing everything your healthcare provider recommended? If you are to be on 100% bedrest and it can be proved that you are out and about, for example, the value of your claim can be reduced.
Your social media posts
What you post on your social channels can be used as proof against you. The selfie of you at the football game with a beer in your hand three days after the accident tells its own story. Your tweet about how you were feeling around for the sandwich you dropped and couldn't brake in time is not going to help.
Consider disabling your social media until your case has been settled.
Your statements about your case
When we are shaken up, we tend not to remember things clearly. All the statements you make from the moment the accident happened are taken into account. Without meaning to, you may leave out important information that could reduce the value of your claim.
We recommend letting your personal injury attorney handle all your correspondence so that complete information is recorded in the correct way.