Personal Injury

Factors Affecting Your Personal Injury Claim

If you have been hurt because of a slip and fall, a car wreck, a workplace accident, or any number of other types of personal injury, you have the right to file a claim. The amount you may receive for your claim will vary depending on quite a few factors. You must understand these factors and how they could affect your claim.

The Liability

This is one of the major factors that determine personal injury claims and settlements. If the negligent party is found to be 100% liable in the case, the amount the victim receives will typically be higher. If the victim shares in some of the liability, though, they will not typically receive as much.

In Illinois, they use a modified comparative negligence system. The victims can still recover compensation for their injury if they are not more than 50% responsible. The amount received is reduced based on their fault percentage.

The Severity of the Injury

Naturally, the nature and severity of the injury are important in determining the claim. Those who had sprains and bruising will not receive as much as those who had more severe injuries. For example, victims who suffer traumatic brain injuries, trauma to their spine, amputations, etc. will receive substantially more.

Disruptions to Life

Often, injuries will disrupt a person’s life in serious ways. They may no longer be capable of taking care of themselves and doing basic daily activities. The injury could also interfere with their ability to work and earn a living.

In addition to physical injuries, pain, and suffering will be considered. The damage from an accident can go further than just breaks and lacerations. It could also cause emotional and psychological trauma. These are factored into the damages you may be able to recover.

Treatment and Recovery

When someone needs to receive a substantial amount of medical care and treatment to recover, the settlement amount will generally be higher. If you had to be admitted to the hospital, undergo therapy and rehabilitation, have surgeries, need to undergo a long recovery, etc. it will be considered in the amount you receive.

Talk to an Attorney

If you’ve suffered a personal injury, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. You may be worried about settling for too little or about going to court. When you connect with an experienced attorney from Grewer Law Group, you can put aside your fears. Let the professionals take over and handle your case.

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