If you are looking to maximize your personal injury settlement so you can afford your accident-related expenses and/or get reimbursed for your losses, there are certain things that you are going to want to do and things that you should refrain from doing as well.
Tips on How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Settlement After an Accident
If you were injured in a car accident or another type of incident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness, you want to ensure that you are doing everything you can to maximize your settlement. After all, you would not have those costly medical bills or time without pay if the liable party had been more careful and cautious.
We understand how important it is for you to get the most out of your personal injury settlement. You deserve to heal without the stress of falling into debt or spending your hard-earned savings. We recommend that you follow these suggestions.
Obtain Medical Care and Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
If you filed a personal injury lawsuit against another party, it’s because you suffered physical and/or psychological injuries and you want to be compensated for them. Whether you are seeking compensation for the impact the accident had on your physical abilities or for the pain and suffering you are now left to deal with, you will need to show that your injuries are accident related.
If you did not seek medical attention, the insurance company and/or the at-fault party will likely use this against you. They may argue that you did not actually suffer injuries and devalue your claim. Visits to your doctor, the hospital, or even a medical specialist help show the extent of care you have had to undergo. If you are truly injured, seek medical attention. But, always be honest, and never seek unnecessary medical attention.
Consider Future Expenses From Your Personal Injury
While it’s important to consider the losses you have already suffered and the expenses you have already accrued, you also need to take your future losses into account. For example:
- Will you need surgery in the future?
- What is the severity of your injuries? Did you suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or spinal cord injury? Did your injury cause permanent damage?
- Will you need ongoing care after your case has settled?
- Will you need certain medical devices or medication going forward?
- Is your health or condition likely to worsen due to the injuries you sustained in the accident?
- Will you be able to work in the future?
These are only some of the things you need to consider when trying to value how much you should receive for future losses. If you are not sure how to value this, an attorney can help you.
Do Not Put Your Case in Jeopardy By Posting on Social Media
While social media is a great place to share your life experiences and connect with others, you need to be very mindful of what you post. Insurance companies love social media pictures.
Rather be safe than sorry, it’s best to avoid social media until your case settles.
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Have Your Case Assessed By an Accident Attorney
Whether you decide to hire a lawyer to represent you or not, it’s in your best interest to have a legal professional assess what your case might be worth. Sometimes, accident victims overlook areas for which compensation should be awarded. Our accident lawyers can use your accident-related expenses and losses to calculate what your case is actually worth.
You also need to know when to say “no” to an offer. Insurance companies and liable parties may try to offer you an early settlement before you have time to assess your injuries and losses. They know that you may need the money, especially if you missed time from work. Do not fall victim to a low settlement offer.
An accident attorney can review the offer and compare it to your injuries and losses, including all future costs. If they think you should receive more, your attorney can negotiate with the other party so you do not walk away with an unfair amount.
Learn How to Increase Your Personal Injury Settlement By Contacting the Fitch Law Firm LLC Today
While money cannot take away your pain and suffering, it can help you afford quality medical care and allow you to take the time you need off from work. It can also help you satisfy or reduce any outstanding debt you have accrued because of the accident.
To find out how you can potentially increase your personal injury settlement, contact the Fitch Law Firm LLC today at (614) 545-3930 for a free consultation.
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