Secret 1: Gather As Much Evidence as Possible
Take photographs at the accident scene, gather witness information, and call the police so they can investigate the accident and file a report. The more evidence you have, the easier it will be for you to support your injury claim.
Secret 2: Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident. Not only is this important for your health, it also begins the crucial process of documenting your injuries and setting up a treatment plan.
Secret 3: Protect Your Medical Records
Don’t sign any medical release authorization forms for the other insurance company. They may try to use the information in your medical records against you when it comes time to settle your injury claim.
Secret 4: Keep the Insurance Adjuster in the Loop
Stay in contact with the insurance adjuster and keep them updated on the seriousness and extent of your injuries. This allows them to set a high reserve for your account. Having a high reserve will make it easier to settle your claim and prevents the adjuster from being surprised when you ask for an amount that is much higher than they had originally anticipated.
Secret 5: Don’t Settle Early On
Lost wages, mounting medical bills, and other financial burdens makes it tempting to settle your case as quickly as possible. But if you settle too early, you might not know the full extent of your injuries and true costs associated with your ongoing medical care.
Secret 6: Document Everything
Write down how you are feeling on a day-to-day basis, your pain levels, and any new symptoms that arise. If your case goes to trial,this information will be helpful in proving the extent of your pain and injuries to a jury.
Secret 7: Understand the Compensation Available to You
The damages you are entitled to seek compensation for include medical costs, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses like having to pay a taxi for transportation to and from doctor appointments or hiring a housekeeper for help performing household chores. Document these expenses so you can be reimbursed for them as part of your settlement.
Secret 8: Know the Full Extent of Your Injuries
Many times injuries don’t fully set in until the days, weeks, and sometimes even months following an accident. Make sure you know the full extent of your injuries and the cost to treat them before discussing your settlement.
Secret 9: Follow Doctor’s Orders
Always keep up with your medical treatment and care as recommended by your doctor. Do not stop treating until you are released by your healthcare provider.
Secret 10: Ask a Lawyer to Evaluate Your Case
An experienced personal injury lawyer can evaluate the facts of your case and help you navigate the claims process. If you’ve been injured, call Mainor Wirth for help getting the fair settlement you deserve.