When a person is injured in an accident and someone else is at least partially at fault then the victim may choose to file a personal injury claim. This allows them to pursue remedies for both economic and noneconomic damages such as lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. While some cases are fairly straightforward, others are complex.
No matter what your situation is, there are some things you can do to increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve and some things you can do to decrease your chances of getting the compensation you deserve. Today we are discussing the ways in which you can ensure you are likely to get as little as possible. To learn more about how to maximize your recovery, contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Believe that the insurance company is on your side
Insurance companies are for-profit companies who are there to make money – not to ensure that everyone who files a claim gets a fair settlement. They will work to find reasons to reduce a settlement if they can. They have insurance adjusters, low-ball tactics, and other strategies to try and get claimants to accept less. The best way to avoid this is to never sign a settlement agreement without first talking to a personal injury attorney.
Assuming that a minor injury isn’t worth fighting for
Some of the seemingly “minor” injuries a person can suffer from will easily turn into serious injuries. For example, a slight bump to the head could lead to a traumatic brain injury if not treated. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we encourage those involved in car accidents to never assume that their injuries are minor before seeking medical help and talking to an attorney.
Giving too much information
If you have been involved in an accident that is the fault of another party, then you can count on their insurance company calling you. They are likely to ask to record the conversation. You are not required to talk to them without first talking to an attorney. Remember that anything you tell them can be used against you. They may ask you questions about injuries in which the full extent of long-term damage is not yet known, or ask you about fault and use any minor inconsistences against you.
Not working with an attorney
The main reason injury victims give for not working with an attorney is the belief that it will cost too much money. At The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker we want everyone to know that not working with an attorney can significantly reduce your compensation – which means that the attorney’s fees often pay for themselves. Likewise, we do not charge you a cent up front – even for court fees.
We take cases on a contingency basis and our fee comes out of your settlement or recovery. If we do not win your case and win a recovery for you then we do not get paid. Contact out offices at 800-333-0000 to learn more about and to request a free legal consultation.