If you’ve been seriously injured because of someone else’s mistakes, you’re legally entitled to pursue compensation to cover the costs of those injuries. The greater the costs of your injuries, the more money you may be able to recover from the at-fault party.
But how do you ensure you’re not taken advantage of by insurance companies and increase your chances of getting a larger settlement in your personal injury case? Here are a few crucial tips to keep in mind.
Get an Experienced, Dedicated Lawyer
If you try to deal with insurance companies or opposing attorneys on your own, you’ll be fighting an uphill battle. Personal injury claims are complex, and building one takes a significant amount of time, knowledge, and resources.
However, when you choose the right attorney to handle your case, you’ll be able to focus on your recovery while your attorney does all the work for you. Some personal injury attorneys, like those at Fieger Law, work on a contingency fee basis, which means that you don’t pay a dime unless your lawyer wins your case.
It’s important to hire the best attorney possible for your case. Does the lawyer you’re considering have a track record of success in personal injury cases? Do they have a reputation for providing great service and legal representation?
Do some research before hiring a lawyer and take advantage of free consultations to meet with the firms you’re considering.
Make Medical Treatment a Top Priority
After your injury, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Follow all your doctor’s orders, and don’t rush back to work or do any other activities unless your doctor tells you it’s okay to do so. Don’t skip appointments or treatments.
If you don’t take your medical treatments and recovery seriously, the opposing side may allege that you aren’t truly injured and don’t deserve the settlement you want. So, for the sake of your health and your finances, take your medical care seriously.
Don’t Give a Statement to the At-Fault Party’s Insurance Company
After an accident, you may be contacted by the at-fault party’s insurance company and asked to make a statement or answer questions. DON’T SPEAK TO THEM. They’ll try to get you on record saying something that hurts your chances of an adequate settlement. Instead, tell them to speak to your lawyer.
Keep Records of Everything Related to Your Injury
Keep copies of medical bills, vehicle repair bills, correspondence with insurers, or anything else related to your injury. This will help you and your attorney build a solid claim and tell the story of all the damages you’re facing.
Don’t Accept an Insurance Company’s First Offer
If you want to increase your chances of a large settlement, then you’ll likely not accept the first one offered to you, especially if you’ve yet to speak with an attorney. Insurance companies often make low settlement offers when they think they can get away with it. Your lawyer will be your first line of defense against the insurer’s tactics.
When You Need Help, Contact Fieger Law
At Fieger Law, we’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients, including many record-setting verdicts in court. We know that the best way to get a large settlement is letting the insurance company know that you’re serious about winning your claim, and that means hiring a serious law firm.