If you are hurt as a result of someone else's negligence, you may have costly medical bills. You may experience excruciating pain as a result of a serious injury and be unable to work and support your family. The steps you take after an accident can greatly impact what you could possibly receive in a settlement.
In order to get the most compensation possible from the responsible party, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer immediately after suffering the injury. Settlements for personal injuries can sometimes take time, unfortunately. This is particularly true, given the back and forth that may take place with the other party's insurer.
The process of reaching a personal injury settlement can be quick, but it could take weeks or even months in some cases. There are some important steps that should be taken while waiting for your personal injury lawsuit to be resolved, which we talk about in this article.
Keep a Record of All Correspondence With The Insurance Company
You will probably speak with the at-fault party's insurance company a lot throughout your personal injury lawsuit. Please remember what you say to them can heavily impact the settlement they may award you, so be cautious while communicating with them.
The first thing to remember is: never accept blame for the accident. Once you admit you were at-fault, the insurance company could simply deny any liability and refuse to pay. Also, keep a record of all correspondence with the insurance company representing the at-fault party.
Insurance companies are infamous for rejecting claims or paying out as little as possible. When you keep records of any contact you had with the insurer, it could prove to be useful if legal action has to be taken to force the insurer to compensate you fairly for your losses and damages.
Keep Records of Your Injury and Pain
Because non-economic losses are purely subjective, proving them may be challenging. As an example, keeping a journal of how the pain impacts your life and mood might be useful proof of your non-economic damages. In fact, in some cases, it can prove to be imperative. Keeping records of this, along with other matters related to your case is extremely important.
Complete Your Treatments
Even if you are feeling better, it is imperative that you keep up with your therapy. Continue to visit your doctor and seek therapy as long as your doctor has not instructed you to stop. The insurance company for the party at blame may use the fact that you stopped treatment as a negative in your case.
Because you stopped treatment early, the insurance provider could claim your injuries or pain are not as severe. You shouldn't worry about the cost of your treatment, as you will be reimbursed for all of your medical costs. Focus on getting better.
Provide Your Lawyer With All Information
Finally, you must keep your lawyer informed as you await the resolution in your personal injury case. Tell your lawyer everything, even if you believe it is unimportant. Your personal injury lawyer may be able to utilize the information you provide to your advantage during settlement discussions or in front of a jury if you share it with them.
Call Brandon Broderick Today For Help In Your Personal Injury Case
Our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney At Law can assist you if you were injured and are contemplating taking legal action. We pride ourselves in 100% client satisfaction. Call us now for a no-obligation free consultation to discuss your case.
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