After an injury caused by someone else’s negligence, personal injury law gives you the right to collect compensation for your losses. Ideally, your final award should cover all your medical expenses and lost income, along with your pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages. However, insurance companies may minimize the value of a valid claim. Below are a few tips to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
How to Maximize Your Personal Injury Award
1. Document Your Injuries
If possible, take photos of your injuries both before and after receiving medical treatment, and take careful notes after each doctor’s appointment. Visual documentation of your physical condition can be very persuasive to a jury, which usually translates to a higher settlement amount.
2. Seek Medical Treatment
Even if you don’t appear to be seriously hurt, see your doctor as quickly as possible after an accident. Soft-tissue injuries may not present symptoms until days later, a fact which insurers often use to deny valid claims.
3. Avoid Speaking to Insurers
Insurance adjusters often approach accident victims with settlement offers before they’ve even recovered from their injuries, in the hopes that you will settle and close your claim. During these discussions, they will also look for statements that can be taken out of context and used to minimize the extent of your damages. Unless your injuries are very minor, you should never speak to the insurance company without an attorney.
4. Hire a Personal Injury Law Attorney
A personal injury law attorney will be able to evaluate your case, collect evidence, and negotiate with insurers on your behalf. The skill and dedication of your accident lawyer is likely the single most important factor influencing the amount of your final settlement, so select a seasoned firm that has successfully handled cases similar to yours.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to someone else’s carelessness, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Charles P. Dargo, PC, will help you achieve justice. With their extensive background in personal injury law, their team has fought for the rights of victims throughout Anderson and Muncie, IN, and will do everything possible to ensure you receive the maximum award for your damages. Visit their website to learn more about their services, or call (219) 345-3114 to schedule a free consultation. To speak with someone at their Anderson office, call (765) 641-0070 today.