Knowing how to build a case, value your damages, and navigate the claims process are key factors in maximizing your personal injury settlement. This will require taking steps to protect your rights and uncover evidence that supports your claim against the at-fault party.
Working with a personal injury attorney from our firm may make it easier to recover compensation for your accident and injuries. As your legal team, we will handle the steps necessary to identify all of your damages and fight for an appropriate settlement while you focus on healing.
You Must Protect Your Rights
Victims of another person’s negligence have a right to pursue compensation, including filing an insurance claim or civil lawsuit and taking the case to trial. To recover the money you need to pay your medical bills and cover other losses, you will need to protect these rights. This requires:
Knowing what to Say to the Insurer
We often advise our clients not to speak to the insurer and let our team handle communication instead. This is because the insurer is not on your side. They do not care if you recover the compensation you deserve based on your damages. In fact, it is in their best interest to save as much revenue as possible by limiting your compensation. As such, they may look for a reason to diminish the value of your claim or deny it entirely, potentially by using your own words against you.
Prioritize Your Treatment and Care
It’s vital to get medical care following your accident to recover compensation for your injuries. Your medical records will link your injuries to the incident, and the bills will document your related treatment costs. These documents will be vital for understanding and proving the value of your claim.
You should also follow your doctor’s advice and treatment plan. Skipping appointments or not fully participating in treatment could undermine your ability to recover damages.
Avoid Talking About Your Accident and Injuries
The insurer may look for anything they can use as a justification to reduce your settlement, so it is a good idea to only discuss your case with your attorney or trusted members of your immediate family. It is imperative to keep pictures and comments about the incident and injuries off social media.
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Gather Evidence to Build Support for Your Claim
We always recommend that you begin constructing your case as soon as possible. Building support for your insurance claim requires investigating what happened and gathering evidence.
The steps necessary to uncover the proof of negligence and liability in your case could differ but may include:
- Interviewing eyewitnesses
- Obtaining police reports and other documents
- Surveying the scene
- Gathering and analyzing physical evidence
- Hiring experts to support your claim
- Collecting proof of your documented losses and expenses
Many of these steps can be difficult to handle without legal support, especially if you are still recovering from physical injuries and enduring pain and suffering. The costs of pursuing a fair settlement in your case can also add up quickly when you do not have the knowledge and resources to conduct this type of investigation and navigate the process.
Using Your Ability to File a Lawsuit as Leverage
You want to act quickly after suffering injuries, because strict filing deadlines often apply in these cases. Each state has a statute of limitations that restrict how long you have to file a lawsuit. These filing windows can range from one to four years, though specific scenarios may shorten or extend this filing window.
Missing this deadline for filing a lawsuit could prevent you from holding the at-fault party responsible. Once you no longer qualify to file a lawsuit, you will lose much of your leverage in settlement negotiations with the insurer. If negotiations fall through after this deadline passes, you won’t have the option to move forward with a lawsuit to protect your right to compensation.
Our Personal Injury Attorneys Could Manage Your Claim
Letting our personal injury law firm handle your case can provide the legal support you need to seek compensation confidently. Our team will ensure we identify as many related expenses and losses as possible, including those you may face in the future for your injuries.
We have the resources to conduct a thorough investigation into your accident and the necessary experience to know what to look for to prove your case. We can also handle all communication with the insurance company and others involved. Our other services include:
- Evaluating your case for free
- Advising you as the case progresses
- Developing strong support for your claim
- Filing your paperwork and negotiating with the insurer
- Using proven negotiation tactics to reach a fair settlement or take legal action
- Representing you at a civil trial, if necessary
These services are available based on contingency, which means it costs you nothing unless we win your case. If we successfully recover compensation for you, our fee comes out of this reward, rather than your pocket. If we do not win, you pay nothing.
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Our Team at Morris Bart, LLC will Discuss Your Legal Options with You for Free
You can talk to a team member from the Morris Bart law office near you about your case for free today. We manage injury cases in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
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