If you have been injured in an accident and your life has been substantially affected, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the new changes. You may be struggling to support yourself or dealing with chronic pain, and if you find yourself in that position, it's important that you have the confidence to reach out for help.
Unfortunately, many people find themselves so overwhelmed by the process that they are uncomfortable with getting the assistance they need. If this is your first time dealing with a significant injury, it's important that you understand the factors which may impact the legal process moving forward.
Below, you will find a guide to some things which may determine the outcome of your personal injury settlement. Keeping these factors in mind can help you develop confidence in your case, and can provide you with vital information that may help you know how you're able to contribute to your legal claims.
Assignment of Fault
Many people are under the mistaken belief that a personal injury case involves assigning the totality of fault in an accident to one party. This is very rarely the case. Indeed, it's much more likely that legal proceedings will assign a percentage of blame to each of the parties involved, and adjust the financial settlement in order to accommodate for that assessment.
If you know ahead of time that you are likely to be assigned at least some percentage of blame for your injury, it can ease the shock of finding that out in a courtroom setting. It can also allow you to develop a more realistic expectation of your likely financial payout.
Many people dream of extensive personal injury settlements, but the reality tends to be more conservative when you factor in mitigating circumstances, such as the partial assignment of blame.
Measurement of Loss
Even if your pain and suffering is significant, it may be difficult to quantify in a legal sense. It can be difficult to accept that what feels like a major struggle for you may be closer to a minor inconvenience, but most court proceedings are committed to neutrality. That means that there's likely be a heavy bias toward verifiable data, and a lean away from any kind of emotional appeal.
If you're able to quantify the loss you've suffered as the result of your injury, you're far more likely to receive an outcome that's conducive to your interests. This quantification can include missed work, health care expenses, and even home improvement projects you've had to undertake in order to guarantee comfort and mobility.
Make sure that you document every dollar you have to spend to adjust to your injuries, as that's the only way to be sure those dollars will be properly compensated.
In some cases, a substantial injury may be the result of plain bad luck. Though it's understandable to have a great deal of anger after an injury and want to see justice properly handed out, it's possible that the court will decide that outside influences affected the situation in a way that no one could have anticipated.
Make sure that you have as much documentation as possible about the conditions surrounding your accident. This can help guarantee that all variables are properly accounted for and that your justice isn't delayed by uncertainty.
The law firm of Bernstein & Bernstein has the experience in personal injury law to guarantee that you'll receive fair treatment and compensation at the conclusion of your case. Leaning on professionalism and experience can help ease your fears while guaranteeing that you have the support you deserve.