Is There Anything I Can Do To Increase My Car Accident Injury Claim Settlement?
If you are looking to settle your Florida car accident claim on your own, there are a few things you should know that will help you settle your claim for a higher amount.
- Be prepared. By taking pictures of the damage to the cars involved, the accident scene, and even your injuries, you will have some evidence to help establish your claim. However, don’t stop there. It is important to get a witness to testify to how the accident happened. Additionally, getting a copy of the police report can also help prove you were not at fault for the wreck.
- Don’t mistake an adjuster’s niceness. Insurance adjusters are trained professionals. They may sound sympathetic and nice, but their goal is to pay you as little money as possible on your claim. Always remember that an adjuster is not on your side.
- Add up your expenses. Don’t forget to include your medical bills, physical therapy expenses, car rental, damage to your car, lost wages, and any out-of-pocket expenses you incurred as a result of the crash.
- Be patient. Never accept the insurance adjuster’s first offer. Remember, the first offer is generally the lowest, and you have the ability to negotiate with the adjuster to reach an agreement you are satisfied with. You will need to provide sufficient documentation to support your injuries, damages, and claims of loss. This can take time to gather up the necessary paperwork and information and negotiate with the adjuster. Just remember to be patient and don’t accept a settlement you are not happy with.
If you are seriously injured following a car crash, you shouldn’t try to handle your car accident claim on your own. An attorney can help you get all the compensation you are entitled plus attempt to make a recovery for your mental and physical pain and suffering that resulted from the crash.
For help with your Florida personal injury claim, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld to speak with a Broward County personal injury lawyer in a free consultation today at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″].