Personal Injury Cases: 3 Tips To Avoid Getting Docked Compensation For Your Injuries

Posted on: 29 March 2017

The amount of compensation that you will be awarded will depend on how strongly you present your case and how well your attorney can prove that you have done everything in your power to better your condition and situation. Depending on the amount of contribution that you have towards the accident happening and your condition improving or worsening, the amount of compensation that can be awarded to cover medical costs will vary. To avoid getting docked compensation, follow these 3 tips.

Be Diligent in Getting the Medical Care You Need

Don't wait to seek medical attention. You should get medical attention and care immediately after the accident, and you should be diligent in attending any follow-up appointments that have been scheduled by the doctor until you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI). This shows that you have been diligent throughout the course of your recovery to improve your condition, and that you were in no way neglecting your own health. If the opposing party can prove that your condition only worsened because you neglected your own health, the court might find you responsible for covering a portion of your medical costs.

Avoid Participating in Any Activities that Might Worsen Your Condition

Depending on the severity and extent of your injuries, your physician might recommend against participating in certain activities until the injuries have fully healed. Pay attention to your doctor's orders, and make sure that you stick to their regime and recommendations. If the opposing party can prove that you failed to comply with your doctor's orders, you could be held partially responsible for the condition of your injuries. For example, if you broke your leg, your doctor might advise against participating in any strenuous activities. If you ignored your doctor's recommendations and went hiking, the opposing party might argue that the strain from participating in strenuous activities prevented you from fully recovering or recovering as quickly as desired.

Provide Proof that You've Been Taking Medications as Prescribed

If you were prescribed medications to help with your recovery, try to provide proof that you have been taking the medications as prescribed. You can take your medications in front of a family member or a friend who would be willing to testify on your behalf. You can also consider providing the court with a detailed schedule on when you take your medications. Make sure to grab your prescription medications from the pharmacy on time to show that you didn't miss a dose.

Talk with an attorney like Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC today for more tips about how to handle your case.


Always Know Your Renter's Rights

After my mother suffered a fall on the icy steps of her apartment building, I learned a lot about renter's rights, and I want to share my story and tips to help others. My mother was extremely afraid to pursue action against the apartment owners who were at fault for her fall due to fear she would be kicked out of her apartment. I found out that there are state laws that protect apartment renters from retaliation for asserting their rights as renters. However, it is very important to have any attorney on your side when you pursue a personal injury lawsuit against an apartment owner; the owner is less likely to even try to illegally evict you if they know you have an attorney already on your side. I hope you can learn a lot from my story and the other tips I share on this blog!