Three Surprising Factors that can Affect a Personal Injury Award

Charlotte Injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “What is the value of my case?”


When you have been injured, regardless how serious, the first priority is healing and figuring out how to move forward with your life. Additionally, you might also decide to pursue a legal avenue for recovering for your damages. A personal injury suit is a way to recover damages for the injuries you sustained because of the negligence or wrongful act of another. You might think that this is straight-forward. You get injured, file a suit, prove damages, and receive your award. This is not always true. Personal injury suits can be complicated and difficult. There are many factors, which might be surprising to some, that can alter personal injury suit outcomes.


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One study states that the percentage of people across the United States with a social media profile is 77%. This is a huge number. People treat social media as a way to keep up with friends and family, which can be a great thing. However, social media can be harmful to a personal injury suit. Posts depicting contrary evidence to the damages and injury you are claiming can decrease an award, or even prevent it all together. Social media is a great way to keep in contact with people all across the globe, but if you are pursuing a personal injury suit, it is a great idea to be conscious of your social media posts. Things that are posted on the internet are forever. Opposing counsel will not think twice about using social media posts to disprove your case.




The injured plaintiffs in a personal injury suit might not think that the way they present themselves in court matters. While you likely do not need to wear a suit to court, it is in your best interest to look net and proper. Judges and juries are supposed to be unbiased while they make decisions. However, human nature sometimes make people more skeptical against people who look unkempt. Clothing is not going to be the deciding factor in your case, but it can not hurt to present yourself in the best possible way.




Past bankruptcies generally do not affect your personal injury suit, but if you are considering filing for bankruptcy during the course of a personal injury suit, you need to understand the consequences. Depending on the circumstances of the bankruptcy and the value of the personal injury suit, the personal injury settlement could become part of the bankruptcy. This means that instead of being able to keep all of the settlement for yourself to heal, it could become part of the bankruptcy and be used to pay creditors.


If you have been injured and are considering a personal injury suit, you need an attorney who is aware of the surprising little factors that can alter a personal injury suit. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to examine every small detail of your case. We use skill, knowledge, and experience to keep you updated with all of the little things that can affect your case. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe. Contact us, for a free consultation, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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