Recovering money damages after someone injures you is not as simple as you may think. In New York, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., an experienced Bronx personal injury attorney outlines the steps in settling a personal injury claim. Attorney Kaufman is devoted to helping injured individuals recover their losses in claims for injuries due to negligent acts of others, including automobile accidents.
Here are the four steps in settling personal injury claims:
- Notifying The Insurance Company: Your personal injury attorney starts the process by notifying the insurance company in writing that their insurance was negligent and injured you, and you plan to seek money damages for your loss. The insurer responds that they are reviewing your claim, without admitting liability.
- Sending The Demand Letter: Your personal injury attorney prepares and sends a demand letter to the insurance adjuster once your doctor releases you from treatment. The letter states the facts of the claim and documents your special damages, including lost wages and medical bills. Your attorney calculates an amount for your pain and suffering, called general damages, and adds it to the special damages to reach the settlement demand figure.
- Receiving The Response: When the adjuster responds with a lower figure, your attorney starts negotiating on your behalf to obtain an acceptable figure for settlement.
- Accepting The Final Offer: If the negotiations result in a final offer amount you will accept, the insurance company sends your attorney a settlement check and a release of liability for you to sign. If negotiations fail, you and your lawyer should discuss filing a lawsuit.
You can count on Bronx personal injury attorney, Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C. to negotiate aggressively for you, seeking the best possible settlement. Attorney Kaufman skillfully prepares effective demand letters, addresses issues adjusters raise, and works to avoid lawsuits when possible.
Don’t settle your personal injury claim alone. Call Bronx attorney Stephen B. Kaufman, P.C., today at (718) 822-0500 for your consultation appointment. Learn more about this New York law firm online, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter for social media updates and announcements.