Being injured in an accident—especially if it’s not your fault—is emotionally and physically distressing, as well as often taking a huge financial toll. For the vast majority of people, the only thing on their minds is getting fair compensation and getting their life back on track.
Unfortunately, getting this fair compensation isn’t always easy, especially when you’re up against big businesses and profit-seeking insurance companies. Whether you need a car accident attorney or are doing it alone, these tips will help you in the fight—and help you get a settlement that lets you live your life again.
What’s “fair” is different to everybody, so it’s important to understand how much you could possibly receive when you’re making a claim. Although this will just be an estimate, it will help you manage your expectations and also help you mentally set an achievable sum for reference during negotiations.
Start off with the obvious, like adding up medical expenses, medically required transport and accommodation, and lost earnings. You can then modify that amount based on certain factors, like:
From the moment you’ve been injured, there are a number of things you can do to help your future case. They might seem minor at the time, but they could be crucial later during negotiations or trials.
As a way of avoiding fees, approaching the settlement negotiation yourself can seem like an attractive option, especially if the expected amount is small or the injury was minor.
If you do choose this method, be aware that, unless it’s a very clear-cut case, the defendant and their insurer will have the experience and upper hand in negotiations. If you’re confident, then the steps are generally as follows:
When negotiating, some good tactics include:
If you’re not confident with your negotiating skills, or you’ve determined that your claim would be over a few thousand dollars, it’s probably best to consult with an attorney. The top personal injury lawyers will know exactly what to do to maximize your claim, advise you about what to expect, and know whether it’s worth the risk taking the case to trial.
With over 100 years of combined experience, Schechter, McElwee, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. knows exactly what it takes to get you fair compensation. Every case our expert personal injury attorneys handle is about getting what’s best for our clients and about finding an outcome you’re happy with.
Not sure what’s fair for you? Call us now at (713) 364-0723 for a free, confidential case evaluation and to find out how we can help—and, remember: If we don’t win, you don’t pay!