Every personal injury claim is unique, but there are common factors that affect the viability of your case. Knowing what those are can help you improve your chances of fair compensation.
If the negligent party is clearly 100% at fault for your injury, this increases your case value. If your own actions contributed to some degree, you are less likely to receive full compensation. However, just because you may be partially at fault, does NOT mean you aren’t eligible to recover some damages. Missouri recognizes what’s known as the Pure Comparative Fault Rule, allowing a damaged party to recover even if he/she is 99 percent at fault, although the recovery is reduced by the damaged party’s degree of fault.
MEDICAL EXPENSES AND RECORDS
If your medical costs and treatment are well documented and are proportionate to your injuries, this will likely improve your claim. However, if your treatment was of short duration and had no objective confirmation of injuries, that may have a negative effect. If you’ve been injured and another party is responsible, it’s important to seek appropriate medical treatment, and secure related records of that treatment. A detailed narrative report from your physician is more effective than a standard, fill-in-the-blank medical form.
THE EXTENT OF YOUR INJURIES
An objectively verifiable injury (like a broken bone), or a permanent injury (loss of limb) help substantiate a personal injury claim, versus subjective injuries such as whiplash or pain and suffering that may not be verified with diagnostic tests.
LOSS OF INCOME
If your lost wages are well documented and easily verifiable, this will help support a personal injury claim. On the other hand, loss of income that cannot be confirmed may hamper your case.
If you’ve been injured and someone else is at fault, always consult an attorney to learn about your options. To take advantage of a free case evaluation from Cook, Barkett, Ponder & Wolz, call 1 (877) 337-6651.
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