If everyone agrees that the other driver caused the accident, you are already halfway to being paid for your damages. Look at the steps below and you could be depositing a big check in no time.
Know what you deserve: Just knowing that you should be paid for your damages is important. However, it might take a consultation with a personal injury lawyer to find out how much you really should be paid. Most accident victims greatly underestimate what they are owed. Unfortunately, that can cause victims to rely on what the insurer is offering them. Don't trade a fast settlement for one that fails to cover your needs.
Get paid for these forms of damage: Be sure your settlement offer includes enough money to pay for your wrecked vehicle, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and any future medical bills that come later. Your lawyer can help you add up those damages so that you'll know a good settlement offer when one is presented to you.
Be willing to settle your case: Accident victims should not feel pressured into a settlement. You may have a case that is appropriate for court. However, court cases usually take a long time. You must go through discovery procedures, deal with scheduling issues, cope with delays, and put up with a crowded court schedule. However, if you are more interested in being paid as quickly as possible, don't delay in speaking to a personal injury attorney and demanding compensation from the at-fault driver.
Know when to sign: Once you agree to a sum of money and sign the paperwork, your case is closed. Be sure you can act decisively when the time comes and then don't look back. You cannot open a closed personal injury case unless you can prove fraud was perpetrated upon you. Agreeing to a settlement means that you won't be filing a lawsuit against the other driver or any associated party in regard to the accident.
Be ready to combat lowball offers: Your personal injury attorney understands what it means when you are presented with a very small and inadequate offer to settle. You know what you deserve, and your lawyer will work with the insurer to get you that sum.
Be flexible when new info comes up: In some cases, you might better off settling a case for a bit less than you wanted. This can be true especially when the other side is trying to cause problems by investigating your past medical conditions, questioning your damages, trying to cast blame on a third party, and more. Know when it's time to settle by counting on your personal injury lawyer for advice.
To find out more, contact a company like Adler Law Group, LLC.Share