8 Things that Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases (Pt. 2)
April 22, 2015
Resuming 8 Things that Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases (Pt. 1), here, we will continue pointing out some of the primary factors that can affect how much these cases are worth
More Factors that Can Affect the Strength & Value of Personal Injury cases
3 – The extent of the property damage
When injured people pursuing personal injury cases also experienced damage to their property in an accident (e.g., vehicle damage in a car accident), the costs of repairing this damage will also typically be covered in compensation for successful personal injury cases. This is because, when one party is found to be negligent and liable in a personal injury case involving property damage, that party will usually be responsible for making the other “whole” again (or, in other words, covering the costs of restoring the injured person to the state he was in prior to the accident – to the extent possible).
So, more severe property damage in personal injury cases also tends to lead to higher awards when these cases are successfully resolved.
4 – Admissions of fault in an accident/event
Among the things that can negatively impact the value of personal injury cases, admitting having caused or contributed to the negligence that caused an accident or event is one of them. This is due to the fact that, when injured people admit blame or fault in the accident that injured them, the resulting awards or settlements can be reduced by a percentage, based on the degree of liability the injured person had in causing that accident.
For example, if a bicycle rider is hit by a drunk driver and later admits that he was running a red light right before the accident, the resulting compensation in that case can be reduced by a percentage related to how culpable the rider is perceived to be.
These calculations can get very complex, but the bottom line here is that, if you are going to pursue a personal injury case, admitting that you may have caused the accident can hobble your case.
5 – Social media posts
One drawback of the pervasiveness of social media these days is the role it can play in destroying people’s personal injury cases. This is because, as we noted in more detail in a previous blog series, when people post photos/comments on social media as they are filing/proceeding with a personal injury case, these posts can:
- Violate confidentiality agreements
- Throw the severity of plaintiffs’ injuries into question
- Be used against plaintiffs in various other ways.
So, just as it’s advisable to consult with a Portland personal injury attorney before making official statements (like to insurers, in depositions, etc.), it’s also generally wise to err on the side of caution and not discuss your personal injury case, injuries or accident on social media.
Be sure to check out the upcoming conclusion to this blog series.
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