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Understanding Fair Compensation

  • By interactive
  • 01 Feb, 2017
Personal Injury Compensation Claims - Sioux City Law Firm

Compensation factors affecting personal injury in Sioux City or South Sioux City

Being involved in an accident or incident that results in a personal injury can be an overwhelming event. From physical harm to financial loss, such as loss of employment, healing from a personal injury takes place on both a physical and mental basis. Fortunately, there are laws in place that allow you to receive compensation for a personal injury; however, it is pertinent to keep in mind that there are multiple factors that play into how much compensation you are actually due. Understanding these factors will help you assess whether or not you are receiving the full amount you owed. As with any type of personal injury compensation claim, it is best to have it filed by a qualified attorney.

Factors affecting personal injury compensation claims

Before we look at the specific factors that affect a compensation claim, it is important for you to understand the difference between a higher multiplier and a lower multiplier. A higher multiplier generally results from factors that are considered serious, such as a head injury. A lower multiplier usually results from less serious injuries, such as a sprain or bruise. If your personal injury has factors that lead to a higher multiplier, this tends to mean it is worth more in terms of compensation.

Factors that point toward a higher multiplier are fairly serious in nature. Take for example that you suffered head trauma during the accident. This factor will undoubtedly lead to a higher multiplier. Other types of factors that are deemed to suffice for a higher multiplier include:

  • Broken bones
  • Joint injury
  • Wounds
  • Nerve damage
  • Vertebrae injury
  • Long recovery period
  • Emotional distress
  • Daily life disruptions

Lower multiplier factors also determine the total overall worth of your compensation, and may include any of the following:

  • No medication needed to treat the resulting injury
  • Medical expenses that are not needed for treatment, rather they are for diagnosing
  • Soft tissue injury, including sprains, bruising, or strains
  • No permanent injury
  • No emotional injury
  • No physical injury
  • Short recovery period

Additional factors affecting the compensation you are owed for a personal injury

You will likely receive a higher settlement for compensation of a personal injury if you can prove you were at no fault for the injury sustained. Your cooperation and calmness accompanied with the claims and settlement process will also play a role. Additionally, if the at-fault party is not sympathetic toward the injury you sustained, this will also likely lead to a higher settlement. More so, if you have witnesses who can bolster your case, this will be of help.

Factors that will result in a lower payout may include being able to prove you some way share in the blame of the accident. Furthermore, proving that you are impatient for the claim to be settled can have a negative impact. And lastly, if there are witnesses who do not bolster your case, rather they bolster the side of the at-fault party, this may negatively impact how much compensation that is due to you.

If you have sustained a personal injury in Sioux City or South Sioux City, please call a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney today.

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By interactive 07 Nov, 2017

After you’ve survived an injury-causing accident that was not your fault, the main job of a personal injury attorney is to prove that the other party was wholly responsible for what occurred.

But how exactly does a lawyer make that case?

In other words, what is the process that a personal injury lawyer takes to help prove that his or her client did not cause the accident?

By interactive 07 Nov, 2017

An accident of any kind, whether it involves a motor vehicle, or a slip-and-fall at the workplace can impact your life in ways you never expected, especially if you suffered serious injuries. And after this type of event occurs, the question often arises:

How long should you wait before you contact a legal advisor?

Most personal injury lawyers would answer with one word: immediately.

And that’s true, but what’s more important is for you to understand why contacting an attorney as quickly as possible can positively affect your legal claim.

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