8 Things that Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases (Pt. 1)
April 20, 2015
Personal injury cases can be as varied as they may be complex, and the specifics of a case will be crucial to determining its strength and value. There are, however, some general factors that can affect how much personal injury cases are worth. We’ll highlight just some of these factors in this blog.
While some important insights about how personal injury cases are valued can be gained from this blog series, don’t hesitate to contact a seasoned Portland personal injury attorney at the Savage Law Firm when you need the best representation in – and want justice from – your personal injury case.
Here’s What Can Affect the Value of PI Cases, According to a Portland Personal Injury Attorney
1 – The nature of the injuries
The severity of the injuries a person sustains in an accident or event caused by negligence will play a big role in the value of his case. Additionally, should the injuries have resulted in any of the following, there may be more opportunities for injured parties to secure higher financial recoveries:
- Loss of limb(s)
- Other permanent injuries or impairments.
This is because, when injuries are more severe and/or the above have occurred, the hurt party quite likely may:
- Have a lot of medical bills
- Need ongoing treatment and/or medical care
- Be unable to work (either temporarily or permanently).
As a result, he would be entitled to more compensation to cover these costs (if the case is successfully resolved).
Here, it’s also important to note that a person must have an injury to have a personal injury case. So, really the injury (and the negligence that caused it) is the cornerstone of these cases.
2 – Gaps or delays in medical treatment
When injured people put off getting medical treatment, this can end up negatively impacting the value of their personal injury cases. This is because, in general, delays or gaps in medical treatment can be used against injured people to argue, for instance, that:
- The injuries were not that severe to begin with.
- The injuries may have been caused or compounded by some event that occurred after the accident in question.
Be sure to check out the two additional parts of this blog series for some more factors that can impact people’s financial recovery from personal injury cases.
Portland Personal Injury Attorney at the Savage Law Firm
Do you need help pursuing justice and compensation after sustaining a personal injury? If so, you can rely on a trusted Portland personal injury attorney at the Savage Law Firm for experienced help and aggressive legal advocacy. Since 1977, our lawyers have been devoted to providing each of our clients with personal attention, respect and the highest quality legal services.
We realize how devastating a personal injury can be on a physical, as well as a psychological and financial, level. That’s why our lawyers are here to aggressively your rights to both justice and compensation.
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