How Do I Get the Most Out of My Personal Injury Claim

Suppose you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence. In that case, you have every right to expect the personal injury compensation you receive for that injury is the maximum compensation you deserve. There’s only one sure way to receive that maximum amount: to hire an experienced personal injury attorney. One that will not settle for anything less than the full amount of compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained.

Why You Deserve the Maximum Compensation

After an injury, the loss of wages and income, the high cost of medical treatment and care, and depletion of savings may leave you vulnerable and susceptible to any offer, or confused, frustrated, and unsure of what to do or how to proceed. It’s vital to your self-interest to meet as soon as possible with a personal injury attorney to move forward with your claim. Choosing an experienced attorney matters. As in any trade, craft, or profession, the benefits of experience are well worth the reward. It is no different when selecting a personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney can settle a claim out of court and know when to take the case to trial.

How Much Will You Get for Your Personal Injury Claim?

The amount of compensation in personal injury cases is determined on the basis of liability and damages. When injured due to negligence, you must be able to prove that the negligent party, i.e., the defendant, is liable for the damages—that through their negligence, they caused the injuries you suffered—as well as the extent and nature of those damages, i.e., your injuries. Thus, the personal injury claim and the maximum compensation you receive rest on proving who caused the injury and how.

Without an experienced attorney, proving your case will be that much more difficult. Your attorney is more than your legal counsel; they will serve as your advisor and advocate with insurance company representatives. It’s more than likely that the defendant’s insurance company will focus on settling the claim as soon as possible for the least amount of compensation. Their idea of “fair” compensation will surely leave you with far less than what you deserve.

To ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, your personal injury attorney will compile evidence—the police accident report, medical files relating to and verify your injuries, copies of any video surveillance recordings, and any other files or forms the insurance company may require.

It is also crucial that you, the claimant, be able to present evidence beyond doubt to prove your case. If you are physically able to, you should start to preserve the evidence of your injuries right after the accident occurs. Take plenty of photographs of the accident scene, be it a car collision, a patch of ice, broken handrail, frayed rug, or defective product. Note the accident location, time, and place. Make sure you get the contact information of any witnesses to the accident. The incident must be reported. If it is a slip and fall accident, the property owner or the tenet or employee must be notified. Report a car accident to the police. If asked, though it may seem obvious, never admit fault.

Medical attention after you’ve been injured is essential to maximize compensation for your injury. Even if you have no visible signs of injury after an accident, especially car accidents, never refuse medical attention when offered. In the aftermath of an accident, it is not uncommon for the true extent of injuries to be immediately apparent. Injuries are often masked by the adrenaline rush experienced after an accident. It may take several hours and sometimes a day or more before realizing how badly you have been hurt. For that reason, you should seek medical attention even if the injury appears minor. Do not “tough it out” or forego treatment for days until the pain becomes unbearable.

Finally, if you wish to receive compensation for your injuries, do not put your case on social media. Any posts, comments, and photographs can and will be used as evidence against your personal injury claim or lawsuit. No matter how innocent a remark or picture, the insurance company defense attorneys will be scouring through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to use any information they find there against you. Stay off social media until your claim or lawsuit has been settled to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

Hire an Experienced Attorney to Maximize Compensation

Accidents can happen anytime—in a vehicle, on a bicycle, at work, while shopping, using a defective product, under hazardous property conditions, or simply through someone’s incompetence. If you’ve suffered an injury as a result of another’s negligence, through no fault of your own, you have every right and, under law, to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation for the losses you have sustained because of those injuries.

An experienced personal injury attorney will serve you in your time of need, will guide you through the intricacies of the judicial system, advocate on your behalf, deal with the insurance companies, to make certain you receive the maximum compensation you deserve for your personal injury.

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