When you’ve been injured in an accident, it’s not as simple as sitting home and waiting until you’re better. Injuries can be life-altering; whether you’re dealing with a physical impairment or the inability to return to work in a timely fashion, an accident can have detrimental effects on your life and ability to provide for your family. After all, the mortgage doesn’t stop simply because you’re out of work. Bills will still need to be paid, activities will still need to be done and life still deserves to be enjoyed.
That’s why, here at Proner & Proner, we will fight to get you the maximum amount of compensation you’re entitled to. We have recovered millions for clients who have been injured in a wide array of accidents, ranging from pedestrian accidents, workplace accidents and motor vehicle crashes. Below, are several tips to help you get the best settlement amount for the injuries you’ve sustained.
Do Not Accept the First Offer
Insurance companies are about their bottom line. It’s because of this that many insurance adjusters will start the negotiation process by offering a low-ball amount. If you’re out of work or behind on your bills, it can be very tempting to take this offer. That’s what insurance adjusters are counting on. When the insurance adjuster makes this offer, they’re trying to find out whether or not you know how much your claim is worth.
This is where an experienced personal injury attorney can step in and help. Your attorney will be able to speak with the insurance company and negotiate with them on your behalf. This is why it’s imperative that, when looking to move forward with a personal injury claim, you bring as much documentation as you can. Several key pieces of documentation you should bring with you are any medical bills, pay stubs, medical records and any receipts from having to hire a maid or additional caretakers to assist you, your family or the house while you’re recovering. All of these expenses will be taken into account for how much compensation you are entitled to.
Have a Settlement Amount Already in Mind
The reason why this is important is because you already have a number in mind when the adjuster comes back with an offer. It’s important to keep in mind that this number may change as additional information you may not have thought of comes forward, such as evidence that either makes your case stronger or weaker. By having a settlement amount in mind based upon what you believe your case is worth, it’ll help you make a better informed decision when the offer comes forward.
There are certain factors that may help determine how much your case is worth such as the medical treatment you had to endure, long recovery periods, disruptions in daily life and who was at-fault for the accident.
Know When It’s Time to Call an Attorney
If you feel like you’re not getting anywhere with the insurance company or if you’re facing any of the following scenarios, it’s time to call an attorney:
- You’re seeking future damages if you’re unable to return to work or will have ongoing medical care
- You’re seeking a settlement of more than $10,000 on account of serious injuries and pain and suffering
- You’re unsure of who is considered to be at-fault for the accident
Contact A New York City Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Accident Case In New York
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of personal injuries in Queens, the Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street, Suite 1503 in New York, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Bethel, Connecticut.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.