8 Things that Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases (Pt. 3)
April 24, 2015
Concluding our blog series 8 Things that Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases, here are some additional factors that can affect plaintiffs’ financial recovery in these cases.
These Things Can Also Impact the Value of Personal Injury Cases
6 – A doctor
A doctor’s diagnosis will be pivotal in establishing the severity and extent of people’s injuries in personal injury cases. So, if you end up going to a doctor recommended by an insurance company (or even a doctor who may lack experience or just be less than diligent):
- You could get misdiagnosed.
- The true nature of your injuries may be minimized.
- You may not receive the right treatment recommendations.
- All of this can lead to reductions in the compensation to which you may actually be entitled.
While it’s always wise to get a second opinion when you may doubt a doctor’s diagnosis or recommendations, an experienced Portland personal injury attorney – like the lawyers at the Savage Law Firm – can also help you find specialists who can help you and your personal injury case.
7 – Pictures and/or footage
Depending on the nature of an accident or event that led to the personal injuries, there may be pictures or footage of the event. For instance, red light cameras may snap photos of rear-end collisions, pedestrian accidents or other common intersection accidents. Or security surveillance footage at a commercial building may capture footage of an assault that led to a traumatic brain injury.
When this type of evidence exists for a given case, it can back up injured people’s versions of what occurred, strengthening their case and likely increasing the value of it (as it gives little room to doubt what happened/try to blame the victim and, by doing so, cut his compensation).
8 – The number and types of defendants
Just who or what party was negligent and is now liable for compensating injured people can also play a big role in impacting the value of personal injury cases. This is because, in general:
- More defendants can mean more liability (and more compensation).
- Corporate or municipal defendants may be subject to punitive damages, depending on the nature of the case (among other factors). The mere possibility of punitive damages in a personal injury case can greatly increase that case’s value, and it can be a powerful bargaining chip for pre-trial settlement negotiations.
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