Getting the Most Out of a Personal Injury Claim
While getting the most out of a personal injury claim can seem like a complicated process, it is not something that you have to undertake on your own. At Linley Welwood, we understand how challenging personal injury claims can be, especially for people making a claim without the help of a lawyer. That is why our team of personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients get the most out of their personal injury claims.
Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Personal Injury Claim
Some simple tips for getting the most out of a personal injury claim include:
1. Hire an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
The most important step you can take in order to get the most out of a personal injury claim is to hire an experienced personal injury lawyer to represent you. Since the personal injury lawyer that you hire can have a huge impact on the outcome of your case, you will need to ensure the lawyer has the right skills, resources, and experience to meet your case’s specific criteria. Before hiring a lawyer, make sure to ask what kind of cases they usually work on and how much court experience they have.
2. Preserve Evidence
Since the outcome of your personal injury case will be based on the strength of evidence you are able to provide, it is important to start preserving evidence immediately after an accident. Consider taking photos of the accident scene and immediate injuries, if possible, as well as collecting names and contact information from any witnesses. It is also a good idea to get a copy of the police report, if there is one.
3. Get Medical Treatment
In order to win your personal injury case and receive fair payment for your injuries and other losses, you will need to paint an accurate picture of the damages. This means taking the time to visit a doctor or other health care professionals to document your injuries and to formulate a proper treatment plan. In the event that your doctor recommends a treatment plan, it is important to follow the plan carefully or it will appear that you are not as injured as you claim.
4. Do Not Jump at the First Settlement Offer
While it may be tempting to accept the first settlement offer, holding out can actually help maximize your overall compensation. Letting the other side believe that you are willing to take your case to court can often force their hand and get them to offer more money; however, it is always a good idea to first consult with your personal injury lawyer about whether or not you should accept an offer.
If you would like to learn more about getting the most out of a personal injury claim, or if you are interested in one of our legal services for car accidents, business law, real estate, family law, serious injuries, and wills, estates, and trusts, please contact Linley Welwood at 604-850-6640 or by filling out a contact form on our website.