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Personal injuries that are caused because of the negligence or willful behavior of another person are compensated by figuring out your losses. You must be able to prove your injuries and describe in detail what you have lost because of the injuries. Determining who is at fault is also important, as you can't be more than 49% at fault for your injuries. The officials that respond to a car accident, for example, are the ones that write an initial accident report and declare who was at fault for the accident. Insurance companies may disagree and do their own investigation, while the court system may side with the injured party. Compensation is based on the extent of the injuries and who was at fault.
Your Percentage of Fault
You can share some of the fault for your injuries, as long as you were less than 50% at fault. In general, the less fault that is assigned to you, the more compensation you will receive. It's important to look over accident reports carefully to see if any mistakes are made. Your percentage of fault is important and can have a big impact on your overall compensation once your case is settled or goes to court.
The Extent of Your Injuries
The severity of your injuries will impact the compensation you receive in a personal injury claim. If you are permanently disabled because of the injuries and can't provide for yourself in the future, your compensation should reflect this. If you missed work for a few days but then returned to work, you don't have significant financial losses to claim. You will need to seek medical treatment for your injuries so that your treatment providers can prove the extent of your injuries with careful medical record documentation.
Get the Help You Need
When it comes to any personal injury, get the medical help you need. Follow through with all treatment, and call your doctor if your symptoms get worse. It's a mistake to miss medical appointments and not follow through with referrals to specialists. Medical treatment shows that you have injuries, and you are able to prove your cooperation with treatment with your medical records.
Personal injury compensation varies greatly. In general, the more hurt you are, the more compensation you receive. Your level of fault is taken into account, and your award is reduced by the percentage of fault you are assigned. Work with a personal injury lawyer to better understand your case.