What Can I Do to Maximize My Personal Injury Settlement?
Posted in Lawsuit on April 11, 2019
Personal injury claims allow injured individuals to secure compensation for injuries and other damages resulting from other parties’ negligence. A plaintiff in a personal injury case has the right to claim any and all compensation necessary to be “whole” again after suffering the effects of another party’s negligence. Plaintiffs can take several steps to ensure they receive adequate recovery for their damages.
Physical evidence is crucial to any lawsuit. Plaintiffs should retain copies of all documentation related to an accident and his or her injuries. This includes hospital invoices for treatment, doctors’ notes and medical reports, the police report of the accident, and photos and other physical evidence from the accident scene, if applicable. More evidence means an easier time proving claimed damages, potentially leading to more recovery than the plaintiff may have originally anticipated.
Use Caution With Insurance Companies
Many personal injuries like car accidents require dealing with insurance companies on some level. Insurance claims adjusters look for any and all reasons they can find to reduce settlements and deny claims, so it is usually a good idea to have an attorney handle your correspondence with insurance companies. An insurer is less likely to push back against a claimant who has professional legal representation.
Additionally, never accept an insurance company’s settlement offer without consulting an attorney. Once you accept an offer, you will effectively release the insurer and the defendant from further liability for your claimed event.
Seek Immediate Medical Care After an Injury
Do not delay seeking medical treatment after any accident. Even if you believe you only suffered minor injuries, the adrenaline in your system after an accident can dull pain sensations, and some injuries do not manifest immediately noticeable symptoms. Seek treatment as soon as possible after an accident so your doctor can check for invisible injuries and provide you with a full report of your injuries, prognosis, and treatment plan.
Refrain From Talking About a Case
Remember, the goal of a personal injury case is for you to recover your losses, not to get rich. Posting on social media about how excited you are for your big lawsuit payout is a very bad idea. You should expect the other side to be thoroughly investigating you for anything they can use to impugn your credibility, and social media posts are public statements. A good rule is to simply avoid posting anything to social media for the duration of a personal injury lawsuit.
Fully Assess Damages
A personal injury plaintiff can secure compensation for all losses resulting from a defendant’s negligence. Some plaintiffs may have access to channels of compensation they may not immediately realize. Awards can include lost valuation on retirement accounts from loss of a job and/or inability to work, emotional distress compensation, and various other damages. An attorney can help a plaintiff assess the full scope of his or her damages to maximize recovery.
Hire an Attorney
Self-representation may enable a personal injury plaintiff to avoid paying legal fees, but hiring an attorney offers several advantages. Primarily, hiring an attorney not only increases the chances of succeeding with a lawsuit but will also likely lead to more compensation than the client could have secured on his or her own. An attorney can also manage correspondence with insurance companies, represent the client in court, and arrange for expert witness testimony to support the client’s claim.
A personal injury lawsuit may seem straightforward at first, but countless possible factors can easily complicate a case and delay the plaintiff’s recovery. Having a reliable and experienced attorney handle a personal injury lawsuit not only usually leads to a higher chance of success overall but also more recovery than clients can typically manage on their own. Hiring an attorney also makes the entire lawsuit process much easier and less stressful so clients can focus on recovery.