When you’ve been injured because of another person’s negligence, the stress of the legal problems you might have is something you shouldn’t have to bear. We are able to help you get through every aspect of getting you the results you need. Read through our personal injury articles, and then contact our offices for a consultation regarding your Idaho personal injury case today.
Most personal injury cases don’t go to trial; roughly 90 percent of personal injury cases are settled out of court. You should only settle your case when you are certain of the nature and extent of the injuries you suffered and when you have determined whether or not you will need continued medical care, when or if you’ll be able to return to work, and how the injury will affect your everyday life.
If your negligence was a contributing factor to your injury, the amount of your settlement may be reduced by a proportional amount. Usually, the person found negligent is responsible only for the damage he or she directly caused, and it is up to you to prove that negligence existed and it was that negligence that caused your injury. A prior injury means that the negligence was not the cause of your injury, but, if it can be proved that the negligence made the prior injury worse, you may be able to collect an amount proportional to the degree of the aggravated injury.
A normal settlement amount varies depending on the amount of the medical expenses incurred, the amount of lost income, the estimation of future medical bills, your age, the impact on your life and new limitations on it because of the injury, the potential for further problems, and the strength of the testimony and witnesses. There is no set minimum or maximum amount for a personal injury settlement. Always ask your attorney for a copy of your settlement check. The attorney’s fees will be taken from this amount. In Idaho, the maximum fee is 40% of the settlement if the case is litigated through trial or arbitration.
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