If you have been injured by a negligent act, you are already battling medical bills, pain, and paperwork. Insurance companies will attempt to convince you to settle, even suggesting that an early settlement will help ease your frustrations. However, the insurance company does not have your best interest in mind and only stands to gain from a quick settlement. Because your injuries deserve substantial consideration, here are some tips from a Odessa Personal Injury Lawyer on how to maximize your personal injury settlement.
- Get medical treatment. Even with insurance, medical treatment can seem cost prohibitive. However, in most cases involving continued pain, one emergency room visit cannot prove your injury’s severity. Continued medical treatment and diagnostic testing helps to prove your condition’s severity, may reveal previously unknown conditions, and will establish a need for continued care. The insurance company must take this information into consideration when calculating how much money you should receive in damages.
- Do a head check. Months after the accident or incident, are you still having flashbacks? Nightmares? Do you panic in the car? Has your anxiety caused you difficulty working or caring for the kids? Nearly everyone experiences some kind of emotional distress after an injury, but some feel it stronger than others. If you cannot shake the injury-related anxiety, talk to your doctor and considering seeking psychological care. Psychological treatment may help alleviate your stress and can help prove your pain and suffering’s severity, for which you deserve compensation.
- Consider your spouse. If you are married and injured, your spouse may also have a claim for loss of consortium, or a claim for damages suffered by the spouse based on the loss of benefits of the family relationship due to injuries.
- Keep track of lost wages and travel. Lost wages includes both income lost because you were unable to work and time missed for medical treatment. You should also be reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses including gasoline costs and parking fees required when traveling to medical appointments. Remember, you would not have had these expenses but for the accident.
If you have been injured due to negligence and want a fair and equitable settlement, contact us for a free consultation.