Let’s get something straight right from the off; you are the victim here. Whatever it was that happened, whatever it was that brought about the injury claim, you are the victim of negligence or someone else’s error, so why shouldn’t you seek the most amount compensation you can? Put it this way, you’d be foolish to settle for $3,000 when you could have got $10,000. There is nothing wrong with accepting that injury deserves compensating.
The tricky thing is coming up with a strategy that will negotiate the best settlement possible. Don’t worry, though, because we have come up with a list of great advice to help you get what you deserve while you concentrate on getting back to full health and, fingers crossed, back into work.
Always Know When To Call Your Lawyer
Negotiations will always heat up. It is part and parcel of these claims because there is both money, reputation, and stress at stake here, which is why you need to ask one question right from the outset; “Should I hire a personal injury lawyer?” The legal process for anything of this ilk is always complicated, and if you are trying to get the maximum damages possible, or if you are seeking future damages, or if there is a question of fault, then you need to have a lawyer. Professional lawyer’s know how the process works, they know how to protect you from stress, how to craft an argument and how to ensure any settlement is fair.
Never Go With The First Offer
Whether you want to accept it or not, seeking a claims settlement is all about negotiating. That’s why those on the other side of the table will always start with a very low offer. That’s a best case scenario too. What will usually happen is they will deny liability. What they are doing with this approach is trying to see whether you understand what your claim is worth, something your lawyer will be able to help you with. There will be back and forth during this process, which can be tiring and stressful. As such, know what your claim is worth and know what your strongest argument is. The nitty-gritty points will have no effect, only the strongest point, so emphasize that.
Emotional Points Hold Weight
If there are any emotional arguments that can be used to support your claim then they should be used because these on those opposite you will be doing the same. So if you have a photo of your injury, refer to it. If there is a doctor’s letter that delves into the severity of what you suffered, refer to it. If there was an open bottle of beer in their car, refer to it. If your injury prevented you from caring for your children in the way they are used to, then refer to it. If it kept you out of work, then mention it. There is no way of putting a financial figure on these points, but they are just as important as any physical points and will be taken into consideration too.