In the vast majority of personal injury claims, the insurance company handling the claim will choose to settle a case instead of undergoing an expensive trial. Issuing a personal injury settlement is a far more efficient and much less inexpensive means of handling a personal injury claim. For your own personal injury claim, you want to insure that the value of the settlement adequately reflects the cost of your medical expenses and any pain and suffering the accident may have caused. Because the settlement could be for a substantial amount of money, it is important that you employ and explore any options that you may have to increase the value of the settlement.
If you are injured after an accident, it is important to seek medical attention immediately. By going to the doctor, you will not only be able to hopefully heal your injuries completely, but you will also have expensive medical bills that need to be paid, therefore increasing your settlement amount. However, it is important to note that you should not needlessly seek unnecessary medical procedures for your injury or for any injuries unrelated to your claim. If you do this, the insurance company may deny your claim or significantly lower your personal injury settlement amount. It is also important to keep any and all bills or records you receive while seeking medical attention; you need to prove that you were injured.
In obtaining a settlement, you can also increase your personal injury settlement by investigating the accident. This can be done by looking into the location of the accident, the people involved in the accident, or the cause of the accident. By obtaining as much information as possible, you can potentially find negligence or fault which can produce a larger personal injury settlement.
It is also important to gather any evidence that exists of the injury. This can be done by gathering any paperwork you may have received (from the police officer, the other party, etc.), taking pictures of the scene of the accident, or obtaining the accident report. You can also contact any witnesses and see if they would be willing to provide information on the accident when necessary. Any information that you obtain that is relevant to your claim can help to increase your personal injury settlement.
Finally, hiring a personal injury attorney can also help you obtain and increase a personal injury settlement. If you try to undergo negotiating a settlement amount with an insurance company, odds are that the insurance company will be far more knowledgeable and capable of taking advantage of your inexperience. This will typically result in a much lower settlement amount then if you had retained an attorney. By hiring an attorney, the playing field is leveled and the insurance company no longer has the upper hand due to being more experience or knowledgeable then you. An experienced personal injury attorney has handled numerous personal injury claims and knows exactly what needs to be done to insure a positive result. Personal injury attorneys are also paid on a contingency basis. This means that it does not cost you anything to hire an attorney until you have obtained a settlement or verdict. After you have obtained a settlement or a verdict, a personal injury attorney receives a 33% share.
If you believe that you have a personal injury claim, don’t hesitate to Contact Us at Minick Law for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney.
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James Minick is a criminal defense attorney in Asheville, NC and is the owner of Minick Law, P.C.