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How Do I Maximize My Personal Injury Settlement?

  • By: Jill Weikert & Dean Piermattei
  • Published: August 15, 2020
How Do I Maximize My Personal Injury Settlement?

10 Personal Injury Tips To Assist In Maximizing Your Settlement:

Falling victim to an injury and dealing with the aftermath of pain and suffering is a big enough burden to carry. The last thing you want to worry about is maneuvering the details of a settlement on your own.

Asking yourself “how do I maximize my personal injury settlement” and finding an attorney who will assist you in understanding the important steps you can take after your injury to maximize your settlement is where we come in!

1. Keep Records Of Everything

  • Take photos of your injuries immediately after your accident, if possible.
  • Gather all evidence of the accident scene and take pictures or video of the scene if you are able.
  • Make sure to get different angles and the full picture of what occurred.
  • Write down all of the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident and any other details that cannot be captured by pictures.
  • If the police were called to the scene of the accident and a report was created, make sure to obtain a copy of the report as soon as you are able.

All of these details will assist your attorney in preparing your case and maximizing your personal injury settlement.

2. Seek Medical Attention

Seeking medical attention from a doctor or other health care professional helps to assess the true damages of a personal injury claim and determine the ongoing treatment that may be necessary moving forward. This should be done sooner rather than later, as insurance companies often try to discount injuries if there is no prompt, consistent, and documented treatment. Obtaining a solid treatment plan and having all medical records will help to paint a picture of the type of settlement that is necessary for you and inspire a higher settlement.

3. Do Not Sell Yourself Short

Do not make any assumptions that you are not entitled to certain types of damages due to how you may value your injury. There are many different types of losses that you can collect damages for when you are injured.

For example, you can be compensated for emotional damages in addition to physical injuries. Working with a trained and experienced personal injury lawyer can help work through all of the damages that you can claim.

4. Be Patient

Being patient and waiting for the best offer can be difficult, but it is also the best way to ensure that you are maximizing your personal injury settlement. When the other side believes that you are willing to wait for the compensation that you deserve, it can lead to a higher settlement. Working with your attorney to understand which offer to reject or accept is important!

5. Describe Why You Reject The Offer

When you decide to reject an offer, it is extremely important to not just boldly decline but to detail why you are rejecting the offer. Support your explanation with documentation that clearly shows why you deserve a higher offer. Providing this support for your claim also helps to build a stronger case for yourself.

6. Consider The Future

When determining how much you should be compensated for your claim, do not forget to consider the future. Many injuries can cause pain and suffering well into the future where you may continue to incur damages. It’s important to consider these damages when negotiating the amount that you are willing to accept for your claim.

7. Properly Prepare Your Case

Putting in the time and effort to properly prepare your case in the event you need to go to trial is extremely important in maximizing your personal injury settlement. You will need to work with your attorney to collect all necessary discovery materials and build the strength of your case. Doing so will assist in pressuring the other party to produce a settlement offer that you deserve and avoid a trial. Show that you are ready to fight!

8. Timing Is Everything

When you are injured, the clock starts ticking on how long you have to file your case. Do not wait to consult with an attorney! If the statute of limitations expires before you are able to file a complaint, it will most likely be too late and you will not be able to be compensated for your damages.

9. Avoid Social Media

In today’s day and age, it is easy to turn to social media to vent or document every aspect of your life. However, when you are involved in a personal injury claim, it is best to avoid posting on social media.

It is also important to review your privacy settings on your social media accounts. The other side will be watching every move that you make to try to avoid paying a high amount. To ensure you are maximizing your personal injury settlement, it is best to not discuss the details with anyone until you have accepted an offer.

10. Impressions Are Everything

Making a good impression to the other side will assist in maximizing your personal injury settlement. Be on time when scheduled to appear in court. Think before you speak and always be respectful.

We Can Assist You in Maximizing Your Personal Injury Settlement!

Our experienced attorneys at Compass Legal Group will be by your side at every step of the process to ensure YOU get what you deserve and understand how to maximize your personal injury settlement and win your claim.

Schedule your consultation with one of our personal injury claim lawyers or contact us by calling (717) 832-9824.

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