Why It’s Important To Get Your Car Accident Settlement Right The First Time Around
Statistics make it clear that the vast majority of accident claims are resolved through settlement instead of a trial. However, every settlement amount isn’t the same and accident victims sometimes later find themselves realizing that they have settled for too low of a settlement offer. Unfortunately for those in that situation, it is important to make sure that you get your car accident settlement right the first time around.
Why is it Important to Get a Car Accident Settlement Right?
Because significantly, you don’t get a second chance when it comes to the amount that you settle your personal injury claim for. Once you agree to a settlement, you can’t go back to the insurance company later and pursue an additional personal injury claim for the same injuries should you discover that they are actually worse than you had accounted for at the time that you originally settled. Therefore, it is imperative that there is a thorough understanding of your medical prognosis for any kind of physical ailment that could be connected to the crash prior to when you agree to any kind of settlement. You should obtain initial medical help in close proximity to the accident and continue treating with your medical providers until advised to stop so that you don’t inadvertently agree to a settlement offer that might not include coverage for the true cost of your injuries.
Understanding the Right Settlement Amount
Realistically speaking, most people simply do not have a clear understanding of what their claim is worth. In addition, accident victims who try to negotiate with insurance companies on their own often find themselves in situations where they are being increasingly pressured to accept a lowball amount as it becomes more and more clear that their personal injury claim has a legitimate value. An attorney who is familiar with personal injury cases can help you figure out the approximate amounts that you should be pursuing in regard to:
- Medical expenses
- Estimated future medical expenses
- Damage to personal property
- Lost earnings due to an inability to work
- Any necessary compensation for lost future wages
- Other related damages
Your attorney is also experienced in negotiating with tough insurance adjusters for pain and suffering which is often the biggest opportunity for the compensation you deserve. By calculating these respective amounts, your attorney can help you get your settlement right the first time by guiding you toward accepting an amount that will fully compensate you for the state of your losses and injuries both now and in the future.
We Can Help You Ensure You Settle for the Right Amount
If you or a loved one has become a victim of a car accident that was caused by someone else, assistance from a knowledgeable legal representative who is advocating on your behalf can help you get all of the compensation that you are entitled to for your losses. As the competent and professional Jacksonville attorneys at Douglas & Douglas, we are the local law firm you can depend on for zealous and personal representation throughout the personal injury claim process. Our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers advocate for accident victims throughout northern Florida and we are passionate about helping those who have found themselves on the wrong end of someone else’s negligent behavior recover the compensation they need and deserve. We can even meet with you the same day you contact us in a location that’s convenient for you, and you won’t face any legal fees unless and until we recover for you. Reach out today to begin with a free consultation to meet with an attorney from the very start.