If you have been hurt as a result of another party’s negligence, there are compelling reasons why you should consider filing a claim. Even if you can afford it, you should not be financially responsible for the medical treatment you are likely to need to recover from your injuries.
Recovering from a personal injury involves a range of aspects that are all crucial to the end of getting your regular life back. This underpins the importance of getting a fair assessment of the value of your claim.
Here are some of the factors that are likely to impact the value of your personal injury settlement.
The extent of your injuries
The most important factor that the court looks into when determining damages in a personal injury claim is the severity and extent of the injuries sustained by the plaintiff. A minor bruise that is likely to heal quickly with minimal medical attention may not be eligible for much compensation. On the other hand, major injuries like a damaged spine, broken bones or injuries that require surgery, costly treatment and a longer time to recover may be eligible for higher compensation amounts.
Extent of disruption to the plaintiff’s life
The amount of disruption the injury has caused to the plaintiff’s everyday life and livelihood is another important consideration when setting the compensation amount in a personal injury lawsuit. For instance, if you have sustained severe injuries that are likely to render you disabled and thus unable to carry on with regular activities like going to work and living a normal life, you will likely get a higher settlement amount. If you are suing for defamation, you will need to provide quantifiable proof as to how this has disrupted your personal or professional life, business or property.
When you file a personal injury claim, there are a number of factors that will come to play when determining the compensation amount to which you may be entitled. If you have sustained an injury as a result of someone else’s fault, you should consider filing a claim against the at-fault party so you can get the compensation you deserve for your damages.