How to Get a Strong Settlement in Your Car Accident Injury Case
Posted By Todd Miner Law || Apr 6, 2016
If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contacting an experienced Orlando car accident attorney is the first step towards getting a strong settlement. Follow the steps listed below to maximize your settlement offer.
1. Contact a car accident personal injury attorney.
An experienced attorney will be an incredible asset. Most attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they do not get paid until after you win your case. At that point, the attorneys will receive a portion of your settlement. Although you may believe you should go it alone, studies have shown that individuals who use a personal injury attorney receive 3.5 times as much money in car accident cases. In addition, your attorney will be able to do much of the work for you, so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
2. Predetermine an appropriate settlement amount.
If you have never been injured in a car accident before, you likely have no idea how much compensation you might receive. In fact, insurance adjusters are banking on that fact. That’s why it is important to have a solid valuation of your case before you begin the settlement process. An Orlando car accident attorney can consider the facts of your case and your injuries and determine an approximate value of your case. With this value in mind, you will know if a settlement offer is weak or reasonable.
3. Maintain proper records relating to the accident, your injuries, and any time off work.
Keep receipts for any payment made, copies of any medical records or notes, and details on medical appointments, tests, and treatments. Also, track your time off work due to your injuries. This paperwork may be used to show the extent of your injuries and expenses.
4. Do not miss medical appointments, and follow up with care, as prescribed.
For example, if your doctor suggests that you get an MRI, make sure you schedule the test and follow through with it. Do not forget about or miss doctor’s appointments, and make sure you receive care as recommended by your physician. Remember that some injuries may begin to feel better with treatment, but if you do not continue that treatment as prescribed, they may worsen again.
5. Keep a log of your injuries and how they have affected your life.
If you have to leave work early or you cannot attend your child’s sporting event due to pain, for example, make note of that. Keep photographs and details of your injuries both immediately after the accident and during the healing process. Also, note any neurological or ongoing problems that may be overlooked, like headaches, dizziness, or memory problems.
Adhere to these guidelines and follow the advice of your Orlando car accident attorney in order to maximize your chances of receiving a strong settlement. Injuries mean unforeseen medical bills, lost pay, and pain and suffering. Todd Miner will stand by your side and pursue compensation in your case.