If you are one of the 6 million people
that are involved in a car accident each year, you may be looking for personal injury tips. When you're hurt in a car accident, you may not get the compensation that you deserve if you don't fight for it.
You shouldn't wait too long to fight for your injury claim settlement or you might get out of the statute of limitations for your claim. Don't let the fear of dealing with the situation stop you. Continue reading this article to learn more about how to get the most out of your car accident claim.
Making the Best out of a Bad Situation
No one wants to get into a car accident but if you do, there are things you can do to make sure you don't suffer any more than you have to. You need to do your best at determining damages
so you get the compensation you need and deserve.
1. Preserve Evidence
The only way for a jury to find in your favor is if the evidence supports your case. The strength of your case will also determine the type of offer you'll get before you make it to court.
Some of the things you can do to preserve evidence are such things as taking photos at the scene, getting the names and contact information of the witnesses and getting a copy of the police report.
2. Go to the Doctor Quickly
If you wait to go to the doctor, it doesn't look like you have a severe injury. Even if you think you're okay physically, you should go to the doctor and make sure. Some injuries only start hurting days after the accident but if you fail to identify them when they happen, it could hurt your case.
Not only should you see the doctor but you should start getting the treatment the doctor recommends. If you don't follow through with the treatment plan, you might not get the compensation you're asking for.
3. Don't Forget Future Damages
When you're calculating damages, don't forget about future damages. While you might only think about the loss you are currently experiencing or have experienced, you have to think about how long it will affect you into the future. If you're dealing with this problem for the rest of your life, you should value your claim much differently than if you're only dealing with this problem for a couple of years.
4. Don't Jump on the First Offer
When the other side decides to make an offer to you, you shouldn't jump at the first offer. If it's not high enough, you need to use the following tip.
5. Explain Why You Need a Better Offer
When you get an offer that is too low, you or your attorney need to explain why the offer is inadequate. You can't simply say that the offer isn't enough. You have to explain to them why you deserve a better offer with facts such as future loss of quality of life.
6. File Your Case ASAP
There is a statute of limitations that can vary depending on where you live. The best thing to do to ensure that you don't go over the statute of limitations is to file your case ASAP.
If you aren't sure how to get started, you might want to speak to an attorney and let them work through everything for you.
7. Don't Talk About Your Case
Even though you are upset and might want to shout it out from the rooftops that you've been wronged, you shouldn't talk about your case. When you talk about your case, anyone could overhear you and misquote or twist what you say.
The other party could even have people following you to see what you say or do so they can get the case thrown out of court. Refrain from talking about what happened, how you're feeling now, your insurance or anything else. You shouldn't even mention anything about it on social media since those channels may be monitored as well.
8. Make a Good Impression
When you're trying to get a settlement before going to court, keep in mind that the other side is going to make an offer based on what they think the jury is going to do in your court case. If you come off as a person that isn't easy to believe, they might decide to go to court in hopes that the jury doesn't find in your favor.
What can you do to make a good impression? When you go in to meet with the other side, you should be polite, dress nice and be likable. If they think the jury is going to like you and find in your favor, they are much more likely to offer higher numbers on the settlement offer they give you.
Never argue or yell when you're in these meetings no matter what the other side says to you or about you. Keeping calm at all times is important whether you're in the room for a pre-settlement negotiation or if you do have to make your way to court.
Use These Personal Injury Tips Today
Now that you know these personal injury tips, you can get started today and use them to maximize your claim. Don't forget to check out some of our other articles that can help you with other issues in your life.
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