Social media has become an all-too-pervasive part of our culture. Many people forget that everything posted to the internet is considered public information, regardless of the privacy settings you use on your social media pages. Even if you delete a post or picture, it can still be recovered from archives or could already have been saved on someone else’s computer.
This is especially important to remember if you’re in the middle of a personal injury claim. The way you interact with people or present yourself on social media can affect the outcome of your case—and often not in a good way.
It’s better to stay away from social media until your claim has officially concluded. Even comments that come across as being too positive in the days following the accident could be used against you as evidence that the accident did not affect you in the way you claim.
Wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle isn’t just a safety issue—it’s a legal one. There are only two states in the nation that do not have any motorcycle helmet laws: Illinois and Iowa. The rest have their own helmet laws dictating when and how you should wear helmets while on your bike.
New York’s motorcycle helmet law states that “it shall be unlawful for any person to operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a protective helmet.” Failure to wear a helmet could lead to a fine.
If you get into an accident while not wearing a helmet and survive your injuries, you could also see your potential compensation decreased. The following are a few potential scenarios and what each does to your ability to recover compensation:
It is common practice for people who have been injured to seek a personal trainer after they complete their medical treatment and rehabilitation. They do this to continue strengthening their body as they work to fully recover from an accident.
Some personal trainers, however, push their clients too hard or simply do not understand how to deal with those who have an injury history. When this happens, people could be left in worse condition than when they first came to their trainers.
The purpose of filing a personal injury claim after an accident is to seek money to compensate you for your losses. These compensatory damages can be for general or specific purposes.
Let’s take a look at the types of damages and some examples of each.
What are general damages?
General damages are a natural result of the wrongful action(s) committed by the defendant. One can draw a clear link between the behavior of the defendant and the injury the plaintiff suffered. In most cases, the defendant’s ability to anticipate the injury or its severity does not prevent the plaintiff from being fully compensated for the damages incurred.
Using a car accident as an example, imagine Jim was at fault for a minor accident with John. John has a rare degenerative bone condition that makes any injuries he sustains to be much more serious in nature than the average person would experience in the same situation. Jim is liable for all of John’s general damages, even though a person without that condition would likely not have suffered the same severity of injury.
A study out of Princeton University once found that “the psychological response to injury can trigger and/or unmask mental health issues, including depression and suicidal ideation, anxiety, disordered eating and substance abuse.”
To that end, it is important for people who have been injured to engage in activities and treatment that keep them mentally healthy. One of the best ways to do this is to be active as possible, both in terms of physical activity and mental stimulation. Below are some tips to help you do so: