It's not that unusual for vehicle accident victims to be contacted in a matter of weeks after an accident. The reason why the other driver's insurance representative is calling you is to offer you a settlement, as it appears their client was at fault for the accident. Read on for what you need to know before you sign a settlement agreement.
Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney
Once able, the first thing victims should do is to speak to a personal injury lawyer. They can provide you with some advice that will probably keep you from making big mistakes with your case. For example, you should not be speaking with the insurance adjuster for the other side for any reason. Everything you say could be used to reduce your compensation or even ruin your case.
Know What You Are Owed
The next big task is to get together with your lawyer to figure out how much you should be paid. Your lawyer will add up your damages like your medical bills, vehicle repair estimates, lost wages, and more, and together you will agree on a figure. A bit extra may be added to allow for negotiations with the other driver's insurer.
Fight Against Damage Mitigation
This word means that the other side knows their client is at fault, but they don't want to pay what you are asking because of various issues. One issue is preexisting conditions. The other side may claim that your injuries are the result of a previous accident or medical condition. They may question every expense you submit, so be ready with proof of your lost wages and medical expenses. Finally, be sure you seek medical help for your injuries and that you follow all medical advice to the letter. If the doctor orders you to wear a brace or walk only with a walker, do so. You could be under surveillance, especially if you have serious injuries and expect very high medical damages.
Know What's Next
Your lawyer may ask you to undergo a special medical exam to find out more about your injuries. It's also possible that this medical examination will be requested by the other side. This exam is performed by a different doctor than the one that has been treating you. The main purpose of the exam is to evaluate your injuries regarding any future medical treatment needs.
The entire case could be over if you are presented with a good settlement offer. Speak to a personal injury lawyer to find out more.Share
20 June 2022
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