In some personal injury cases, juries or insurance adjusters might not be convinced that a personal injury victim is as hurt as they claim. They may think victims are fine. This can make it difficult for accident victims to recover the fair compensation they need for their medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and other losses.
Reasons for Misperceptions that Personal Injury Victims Are Fine
There may be several reasons why insurance adjusters or jurors believe injury victims are okay, such as:
- Time – It can be a long time between the accident and when the case is settled or tried. Therefore, by the time the case goes to trial, the victim may have recovered from their injury and may look “fine.” However, that does not negate the injuries they suffered from or the extreme pain and suffering they had to endure because of someone else’s negligence.
- Recorded statements – Insurance companies like to call accident victims and get them to say things to damage their claim, such as “I’m fine.” This is why our Inverness car accident lawyers recommend not giving recorded statements following an accident.
- Pictures or videos – Insurance adjusters love to scroll through accident victims’ social media accounts or even follow them to get photos or videos of accident victims partying, going on vacation, smiling, exercising, or doing strenuous activities. They may then try to use these pictures or videos to show the victim was not as injured as they said they were.
- Denial – Many jury members imagine themselves in the victim’s shoes. They may have a tough time believing they could be hurt like that.
What Is Jury Bias?
Jury bias occurs when members of the jury let their personal biases affect how they evaluate evidence and ultimately rule in the case.
How Does Jury Bias Affect My Personal Injury Case?
Jury bias can be very damaging to your personal injury case. If a jury believes your injuries are not as bad as they are, they might not award damages that fairly compensate you. They may even let their personal bias influence them to rule in the defendant’s favor so that you recover no compensation at all. Because of these serious consequences that can arise, having a Florida personal injury attorney on your side is essential to guard against jury bias.
How the Inverness Personal Injury Lawyers at Holliday Karatinos Can Help You
If you were injured in an accident, the Inverness personal injury lawyers at Holliday Karatinos can help guard against jury bias and misperceptions that can damage your claim. We will get to work immediately on your claim and gather evidence of your injury, including medical records, accident scene photographs, and medication bottles that show how your injuries affected you at the time of the accident and the weeks and months following it. We can also communicate with the insurance company on your behalf so that you do not say anything that damages your claim. Contact us today to get started on your claim.
Jim Holliday has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in restitution for their injuries.