Getting a fair settlement for your injuries takes some effort. However, it is well worth it in order to receive the compensation you deserve. Below are six steps you can take to help ensure you receive a fair settlement for your personal injury claim.
1. Complete a Thorough Investigation
Collect as much information as you can to include witness statements, medical reports, and police reports. Gather physical evidence such as pieces from the automobiles involved in the accident. You can also hire a private investigator to help collect needed information for your case. Be as thorough as possible as the other party will likely gather more than enough evidence to use in their case.
2. Keep an Injury Log
Keeping a daily log of your injuries will help you back up your claims should your case go to trial. Log when the pain began, how long you have had the pain, and the type of pain you are suffering from.
3. Take Photographs
Photographs serve as excellent proof when it comes to proving your case. Take photographs of the accident scene, your injuries, the vehicles involved, etc. The more photos, the better, so take plenty.
4. Do Not Release Your Medical Records
Many personal injury victims make the mistake of releasing their medical records to the other party’s insurance company. Your insurance company is entitled to this information. However, the other party’s insurance company may use the information in your records against you.
5. Keep All Bills and Receipts
It is important to keep all bills and receipts related to your accident. Without them, you cannot prove the amount of damages owed to you. Keep all hospital, doctor, and pharmacy bills, along with any other costs associated with your accident.
6. Consult with a Qualified Personal Injury Lawyer
Chances are, the insurance company will want you to settle for less than your case is worth. Consulting with an Odessa Personal Injury Lawyer will help you discover the true value of your accident claim. Your attorney will evaluate your case by reviewing all reports, medical bills, and other information essential to your claim.
Contact us today for a free case evaluation. We will start working on your case right away.