Personal Injury Law
Personal injury plaintiffs bring forth lawsuits that play on the defendant’s negligence. The plaintiff in most cases is required to prove negligence through a preponderance of evidence. They need to prove the defendant’s duty, breach of duty, damages, and actual or proximate cause.
The elements of negligence can differ based on the given situation that caused the negligence in the first place. The value of the case is determined by whether the personal injury arose out of products defect, premises liability, car accident, medical malpractice, and nature and severity of injuries among other factors.
Different types of injuries can give rise to a personal injury lawsuit, such as:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Brain injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Burn injury
- Fire or burn injury
- Loss of limb
- Spinal cord or back injury
- Disfigurement or scarring
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Extent of Injuries and Recovery of Damages
The plaintiff’s testimony is generally presented by the plaintiff’s attorney. The testimony of experts and treating doctor are presented in the same way. This is done to discuss the severity and nature of the plaintiff’s injuries. Often, the full extent of compensation awarded for personal injury is not limited to the past and future medical bills associated with the injuries.
For instance, a patient suffering paralysis in a trucking accident may move to sue the trucking company and the truck driver. The victim, during trial, will testify to the loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. They may also present a treating physician for testifying to the cause of paralysis, objective finding, and the extent to which the paralysis limits their lives.
The plaintiff may need to present testimony from an expert from the field of vocational rehabilitation for showing that they won’t be able to perform household services and tasks related to their work. Experts will quantify future losses by presenting the required evidence.
Arguments Used by Defendants
Defense attorney will counter the extent and severity of damages claimed by the plaintiff by minimizing the injuries suffered. Generally, defense attacks the credibility of the plaintiff as well as the events giving rise to the injuries. They also attack the extent by which the plaintiff is limited by the injuries.
Insurance companies retain investigators to look into suspicious injuries and claims. Evidence from surveillance for discrediting plaintiffs is admissible as long as it is taken from public and online spaces where reasonable expectation of privacy is not present.
Most plaintiffs make the common error in judgment to post status updates and pictures on social media, such as Facebook. For instance, a plaintiff claiming back injury because of a motorcycle accident may expose themselves to the risk of being discredited about the extent and severity of the injury in front of a jury by posting status updates about hiking or extreme sports.
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