FAQ | Personal Injury

How does vehicle damage effect personal injury case?

The greater the vehicle damage, the greater the value of the claim usually. Remember, not all damages can be seen from the outside. A vehicle can still be declared a total loss, even when the exterior of the vehicle may not reflect that.

How are permanent injuries different from non-permanent injuries?

A permanent injury adds more value to the personal injury case. Examples of a permanent injury include: scar, stiffness, weakness or loss of mobility, even after completion of treatment.

How does long recovery different from short recovery?

A longer recovery period adds more value to the personal injury case because it shows that the extent of the injuries were greater, thus resulting in a longer recovery period.

How are injuries different related to personal injury cases?

Hard injuries are more valuable to the case than soft tissue injuries.

What are some examples of a hard injury?

Examples of a hard injury include: head injuries, wounds, broken bones, joint injuries, vertebrae injuries, nerve damage, etc.

What are some examples of a soft injury?

Examples of a soft tissue injury include: sprain, strain, bruise, etc.

How do various treatments affect the personal injury case?

Long Term vs. Short Term Medical Treatment: A longer medical treatment period adds more value to personal injury case.

Consistent vs. Inconsistent Medical Treatment: Consistent injury treatment adds value to personal injury case. Inconsistent injury treatment, such as few visits to the doctor or gaps in medical treatment, take away value from the case. It's important that clients are consistent with the medical treatment and attend all scheduled appointments.

Doctors vs. Non-M.D. Providers: Medical treatment by a medical doctor usually increases the value of personal injury case, as opposed to treatment by a non-M.D. provider.

How does emotional distress effect the personal injury case?

Injuries often go beyond what can be physically seen - that's why emotional distress that results from the personal injury adds value to your personal injury case. Emotional distress shows how much an accident affected the client. Emotional distress includes: depression, loss of interest, anxiety, loss of feeling of safety or well-being, trouble sleeping, PTSD, etc.

If unable to do daily life interactions, would that make a difference in the case?

Daily life disruptions include missed work, school or training. Cancelling a special event, having to postpone a planned vacation, rescheduling or delaying recreational activities, all fall under daily life disruptions.

How would my case outcome be modified if client is also at fault?

No-shared fault, meaning that the defendant's negligence is the sole person responsible for the accident, will get you the greatest compensation. If client shares fault, meaning client is partly responsible for the accident, it will decrease the settlement value of the case.

Can loss of income be recovered?

Loss of income is recoverable based on proof.