Typical Questions About Personal Injury Damages

Generally, few people become the victim of a serious accident on repeated occasions. Most victims that consult a personal injury lawyer have only a vague idea of how that same attorney can help with an effort to put a broken life back together. Consequently, those potential clients often ask these sorts of questions.

To what extent can the value of my claim get affected by a prior injury?

In a courtroom, we must only show that the defendant’s actions caused you to suffer foreseeable harm? We just need to show that the defendant’s negligence caused your current injuries. The defendant does not have the right to select the person that will become the target of any careless or neglectful behavior.

What is subrogation?

That term refers to the practice of reimbursing a health insurance company, after it has covered the costs associated with treating an accident-caused injury. The plaintiff that has been awarded compensation for accident-caused injuries is supposed to reimburse the health insurance company, which has paid for the treatment of those same injuries.

What is comparable negligence?

That term refers to a specific action taken by the plaintiff in a personal injury case. It indicates that one or more of the plaintiff’s actions aided creation of the situation that triggered the occurrence of an accident, or helped to cause harm to the plaintiff/victim.

For instance, a driver that had failed to wear a seat belt at the time of a collision, could be charged with comparable negligence. So, could someone that ventured past a “keep out” sign, before becoming the victim of a slip and fall incident.

When is the best time to settle a personal injury case?

A good personal injury lawyer in Leduc would tell a client to wait until all of the injured victims had reached a state of maximum medical improvement (MMI). An injured client that has recovered fully from each and every accident-caused injury has achieved a state of MMI.

Lawyers have a good reason for giving their clients that piece of advice. If a disputing party in a personal injury lawsuit agrees to settle with the other side, that same person has no way to get compensated for any new medical problems, if such a problem should appear, and if it gets linked to the recently-reported accident.

That is why insurance companies urge claimants to settle quickly. Insurers bait claimants by hinting at the prospect of receiving money as soon as possible. Of course, that money would cover only the cost of any known injuries, and not the expense that could arise upon the treatment of any still-undiagnosed medical condition. Clients that delay settling until the time of MMI make a safer decision.