Did you know that around 60% claims in the courts are about accident and personal injury claims? And most of them get solved even before seeing a trial. So what happens to the others? Some of them become unable to recover the full damage amount fully. And that happens to people who are not even slightly at negligence for the accident. That is not because of the role about the accident, but because of the role after the accident.
“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – That’s what James Bernard Shaw said about responsibility. And it describes that it’s better to plan ahead instead of regretting about the past. But that doesn’t mean you have to ignore the past. So a victim has several responsibilities after an injury, just like getting a personal injury lawyer.
Obligation of a Plaintiff
Every accident victims have an obligation after an injury. And that is applicable even if the victim is not even slightly at negligence about the accident. If I put it in an easy presentation, then I must say that- “if the judge or juries find that you could have avoided some damages after the accident, than you may not be able to get a recovery.”
Suppose Miss Stuart had a car accident because of someone else. She got her fibula bone slightly cracked and the doctor told her to avoid walking for a couple of weeks. Her medical bill was $500 for that.
But Miss Stuart ignored that fact and got back to work before being fully recovered. That increased the crack to increase a bit more, causing extreme pain. Later she had to visit the doctor again for more treatment. And the bill was $300 after that.
Now, she claimed for $800 for the total expense. But the court found that she did not take care of herself properly, and the consequences afterwards the injury could have been avoided. Now she might get only $500 for the damage. And the other $300 will be her sole responsibility.
In some cases, the plaintiff may not even get the right to recover any damage at all.
Here are some reasons that may cause the victim to not recovering a damage cost:
- Being negligent to get proper medical care.
- Refusing medical treatments.
- Not obeying the doctor’s advice and prescription.
- Taking alternative medications.
- Not seeking a job after recovering health. Applicable for loss of wages claims.
As you can see, a few simple reasons can deny you your rights. So always think ahead by learning from the past, and planning for the better future.