How To Maximize The Value Of Your Injury Case Settlement
So how do you maximize the value of your injury case settlement?
Well first, it’s important to know that insurance adjusters want to pay you as little as possible.
That is because insurance companies are in the business of making billions of dollars to fight claims just like your personal injury claim and paying out as little as possible to the injured party.
Your personal injury attorney, however, wants you to focus on recovering from your injuries and getting well as quickly as possible.
That is one primary reason that your attorney works diligently to build your case and also works to obtain the maximum value of your injury case settlement.
Here are five ways to maximize the value of your injury case settlement.
1. Don’t Speak With The Other Party’s Insurance Company.
One important point that your attorney wants you, the injured party, to be aware of is to never speak with anyone from the at-fault party’s insurance company.
As your attorney works to build and maximize the value of your injury case settlement, insurance adjusters and attorneys from the other side might call and pretend they are there to help you, possibly sounding concerned or like they understand your injuries and want to be your friend.
The other side is not your friend.
Let your attorney know immediately if you receive calls from anyone representing the at-fault party in your personal injury case.
2. Get Medical Treatment.
It is important to keep all of your medical appointments with your physicians or other treatment providers. Let the medical professionals put you on a treatment plan that will help put you on the path for the best possible recovery — and always follow through with every aspect of that treatment plan.
Some individuals have appointments with multiple providers as part of their treatment plans. Perhaps your primary care physician or emergency room doctor referred you to an orthopedist if you suffered broken bones, dislocated joints, or similar injuries.
Be sure to listen to your doctor and follow his or her treatment plan in order to maximize the value of your personal injury case settlement.
3. Build Your Case To Maximize The Injury Case Settlement.
While you focus on recovering, your attorney builds your case through such methods as interviewing witnesses if there are any, getting police reports, taking photographs of the scene, and gathering medical reports.
Doing the work to build your case methodically can maximize the value of your injury case settlement — even if your case never goes to trial.
4. Don’t Forget Future Damages.
Sometimes people, particularly those who experienced a slip and fall or a serious vehicle crash, have serious and permanent injuries.
It is crucial that you continue receiving treatments even if you received a diagnosis indicating that a full recovery may be impossible. Some injured people are referred to other specialists such as a pain management doctor or a spine specialist.
You will need to work with these medical professionals and document your losses so that your attorney can include them in your claim and maximize the value of your personal injury case.
5. Keep Your Attorney Informed.
Let your personal injury attorney know which doctors or other specialists you see for treatment related to your personal injury. Your attorney will work to obtain the records from each of your treatment providers.
When you keep your attorney informed about whom you see, this is a win-win situation because your attorney has all the necessary medical information to help maximize the value of your personal injury claim.
The five steps above are exactly how your attorney maximizes the value of your personal injury case, whether he or she is trying to settle your case or must go further into litigation.