Suffering personal injury is always a traumatizing experience. You may feel helpless and alone while you are trying to pick up the pieces during the aftermath of your accident. Fortunately, legal recourse is available. If you have suffered personal injury as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to seek out legal help and collect compensation for your losses.
It can be difficult to get the settlement amount you rightfully deserve. Insurance companies are always looking out for their own bottom line. Furthermore, the complexities of a personal injury case can be incredibly hard to navigate without full and comprehensive knowledge of the law. All this makes procuring a trusted legal professional absolutely key to successfully resolving your personal injury claim.
Recovering from an accident can be very taxing on your body and your mind. All this requires time and money. This makes it absolutely imperative for you to maximize the compensation you receive for your personal injury claim. Unfortunately, there are many ways that victims may inadvertently sabotage their own personal injury cases. In this blog post, we will go over some of the most important things you can do to maximize your settlement amount.
If you are ever involved in an accident, the most important thing to do is to seek out medical attention immediately. This is true even if you do not feel like you have suffered any major injuries. Many people make the mistake of believing that they have only suffered minor injuries after an accident. In reality, some injuries may take a while to fully manifest. It is better to catch an injury early on before it gets worse. Always remember that a medical professional is better qualified to evaluate your injuries than you are.
Additionally, documentation is key to every personal injury case. If your injury turns out to be severe and you have no medical records immediately following the accident, it will be difficult to file a claim at all. It is always good to be proactive and keep yourself protected.
Seeking out psychiatric help also counts as seeking out medical treatment. If you find yourself dealing with pain and suffering or post-traumatic stress disorder, these are also real and valid damages that you can collect compensation for. However, such conditions are more difficult to prove due to their abstract nature. Speaking to a mental health professional will not only help you get your life back on track after your injury but also bolster your case in the eyes of the jury.
As we have previously established, evidence is the crux of every personal injury case. You do not want to end up in a “he said, she said” situation. Even if you feel like you have an open and shut case, your case will be left up to the jury. The jury can really only go off the evidence they have in front of them. Because of this, it is important for you to collect as much evidence as you can.
You will want to begin collecting evidence immediately after the accident. This includes taking photographs of your injuries, the accident scene, any property damage you have suffered, and anything else you feel might have been relevant or contributed to the accident. Exchange insurance and contact information with any relevant parties. You should also remember to collect as many witness accounts as possible. Do not forget to get the contact information of your witnesses in case you need them to testify later. If possible, you should also file an accident report with the police.
A lot of personal injury victims make the mistake of thinking that the insurance companies are their friends. Unfortunately, this is not the case—regardless of whether or not you were actually at fault for your accident. At the end of the day, an insurance company is a business just like any other. That means that they only have one thing in mind: their own profits.
Insurance companies have zero incentive to provide you with the full compensation you are owed. After all, every payment to you is a loss out of their own pocket. In fact, insurance carriers are notorious for offering victims the smallest possible settlement amount. A lot of times, people feel intimidated into accepting the first settlement offer. You should never feel bullied into accepting less than what you deserve.
Many people do not realize that you actually can and should negotiate your settlement amount. It can be hard to do this on your own. This is especially true because it can be quite difficult to value a case without having a strong grasp on the law. A good lawyer can help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are rightfully owed.
Every type of accident comes with its own statute of limitations. A statute of limitations can be defined as “a procedural rule which limits the time in which a party may bring an action for a right which has already accrued.” These statutes vary case by case and state by state. Failing to file your claim within the appropriate statute of limitations can forever disbar you from seeking out damages.
While there is certainly no need to rush your case, you should also be careful not to wait too long to open it. Take your time reviewing your choices. For most personal injury lawyers, the first consultation is free. You have nothing to lose from seeking out legal counsel. Make sure you do the right thing for yourself and your case.
Regardless of the type of accident you were injured in, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide personal injury attorneys. Do not suffer for someone else’s mistakes. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve.