You want to do everything in your power to get every penny you’re entitled to following a personal injury or on-the-job accident, but odds are you’ve never been through the injury compensation system before. Even if you have a little experience with insurance companies and injury payments, every injury case is unique and will present its own challenges.
You want to ensure you get a fair settlement, but you’re not sure how to best do that. That’s the focus of today’s blog. Below, we share some tips for improving your chances at receiving a high settlement award after your accident.
Improving Your Odds Of Winning Your Injury Case
As we mentioned above, every injury case is unique, but there are still some smart moves that you can make to improve your chances of winning a large award. Here’s a look at some of the ways you can improve your odds of getting a fair settlement for your injury case.
Talk With A Lawyer – A lawyer is your best bet at getting a fair and hefty settlement offer. They know how to evaluate injury value, and they know all the ways that an injury could impact you financially in the short- and long-term. Let them ensure compensable aspects of your case don’t get overlooked.
Take Pictures – Unless you need immediate medical attention, take pictures of the scene of the accident. Take pictures of anything that could be helpful for your case, including pictures of your injuries.
Journal – Everyone believes that they have a great memory and will remember minute details about their accident, but details can fade from our memory. If you can’t remember things clearly or you remember incorrectly, it can severely hurt your case. We recommend documenting your account of the accident in an injury journal as soon as possible after the accident. Also use this journal to record information about conversations you had with others about your case. If you talked with your lawyer or the insurance company about a specific part of your case, write down pertinent information so that you have a handy and accurate reference tool.
Be Honest – Being honest is key to getting a fair compensation offer, but it’s important that you don’t cross the line between being honest and oversharing. You can overshare with your lawyer, as they have a vested interest in getting you the most money possible, but don’t overshare with the insurance company. Remember, they are trying to minimize their liability and limit their payout to you. If you accept blame or give them reason to shift culpability on to you, it could decrease or negate your claim.
Act Quickly – You need to report the accident or work injury as quickly as possible to your employer or the insurance company. If you delay, they may argue that your injuries are not as serious as you claim them to be, or that they occurred elsewhere and that you are trying to commit fraud. Report the accident quickly, but that doesn’t mean you need to be in a hurry to accept the first offer that comes your way.
Run Everything By Your Lawyer – To ensure your case runs smoothly and to stay up to date on any potential changes, keep your lawyer informed and run any decisions by them. If insurance companies want forms or statements, talk with your lawyer first. If there’s a change in your medical condition, let your lawyer know. Your lawyer is working to get you the best settlement possible, and they need to be kept in the loop.
If you are considering filing an injury suit but don’t know where to begin, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Firm. We’d be more than happy to sit down with you, go over the basics of your case and give you our honest opinion on whether or not you have a valid claim. If we believe we can assist, we’d be more than happy to take on your case and get you the compensation you deserve. For more information, or for help with your injury claim, reach out to Margolis Law Firm today at (952) 230-2700.
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