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, working 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
One important point that your attorney wants you, the injured party, to be aware of is to never speak with anyone from the insurance company of the at-fault party.
As your attorney works to build and maximize the value of your injury case settlement, insurance adjusters and attorneys from the other side will sometimes call injured parties and pretend they are there to help you, possibly sounding concerned or as if they understand your injuries and want to be your friend.
The other side is not your friend.
Let your own 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 the right physicians or other treatment providers. Let the treatment providers 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 plan. Perhaps your primary care physician or emergency room doctor referred you to an orthopedic specialist if you experienced broken bones, dislocated joints or other similar injuries.
Be sure to listen to your doctor and follow the 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, gathering medical reports already available, along with other measures that personal injury attorneys take to maximize the value of a client’s injury claim.
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
Some individuals, particularly those that experienced serious injuries, such as those occurring in a slip and fall or serious vehicle crash, sometimes have permanent injuries. Perhaps they never fully recover from the injuries that occurred because of the actions or negligence of the at-fault party in a personal injury claim.
It is crucial that you continue receiving ongoing treatments even if you or your loved one injured has received a diagnosis indicating that full recovery is potentially not possible. Some injured parties receive referrals to other specialists, such as a pain management doctor or a spine specialist.
You will need to work with medical professionals and document these 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. The attorney works on getting records from each of your treatment providers.
When you keep your attorney informed about whom you see and when 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.
These steps are exactly how your attorney builds your case to maximize the value of your personal injury case when trying to settle your case or when getting into litigation.