Accidents happen when we least expect them, and the aftermath can be overwhelming. If you’ve suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, seeking fair compensation is essential to cover medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. Navigating the legal process might seem daunting, but fear not! GOLDLAW has compiled a comprehensive list of 9 steps that can help you maximize your compensation.
Step 1: Seek IMMEDIATE Medical Attention
After an injury, your health is the top priority. Even if you think you feel “fine,” get evaluated by a medical professional. Your overall safety is crucial, and in many cases, injuries aren’t evident immediately. Also remember that medical records serve as critical evidence for the extent of your injuries later.
Step 2: Gather Evidence at the Scene
Almost everyone has a smart phone these days. Take advantage of it and snap photos of the accident scene, damaged property, and any visible injuries. If the situation warrants it, also take video! In addition, be sure to collect witness names and contact information, as their accounts can support your version of the events.
Step 3: Document Your Injuries and Recovery
Be sure to keep detailed records of your injuries, treatments, and the recovery process. Keep copies of medical bills, prescription receipts, and therapy expenses to show the financial impact of your injuries. This can be a key element when compensation is determined.
Step 4: Consult GOLDLAW!
GOLDLAW can help you navigate this totally overwhelming. With over 200 years combined experience in representing those injured by someone else’s negligence, the lawyers at GOLDLAW have the expertise to help you understand your rights, assess your case, and guide you through the personal injury claim process.
Step 5: Notify the Responsible Parties and Insurance Companies
Don’t hesitate to inform the negligent party and their insurance company about the incident. Share necessary information, but NEVER admit any kind of fault, as this could harm your claim.
Step 6: Do Not Accept an Early Settlement
Be patient. An insurance company ploy is to offer an immediate “lowball” settlement before the full extent of your injuries may be known. Accepting a premature settlement may leave you with insufficient compensation to cover even basic needs.
Step 7: Calculate ALL Damages
Make a comprehensive list of damages. Include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost Wages
- Property damage
- Non-economic damages, like pain and suffering
The accident lawyers at GOLDLAW will help you with everything, especially the non-economic considerations. It’s important to remember that your injuries can significantly impact your overall quality of life.
Step 8: Negotiate Wisely
This is the main reason you need to hire an experienced and successful personal injury law firm! The lawyers at GOLDLAW are experts at dealing with the insurance adjusters and defense lawyers that will do their best to quash your claim. Your GOLDLAW legal team will do the fighting for you and do their best to get you maximum compensation!
Step 9: Be Prepared to File a Lawsuit
While most personal injury cases settle without going to court, – only about 2% proceed to litigation – you need to be prepared for a potential lawsuit. Just as GOLDLAW will be willing to go to trial to protect our rights, you, as the plaintiff, need to be prepared as well. Your willingness to fight for fair compensation may be the incentive the other party needs to offer a more reasonable settlement.
Navigating a personal injury claim can be complex, but if you follow these nine essential steps, you’ll be better prepared, as GOLDLAW pursues the compensation you deserve. Remember, seeking immediate medical attention, gathering evidence, documenting your injuries, and consulting with GOLDLAW are crucial to your success. Our dedicated team has more than 200 years of combined experience practicing personal injury law, and our results speak for themselves. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury due to someone else’s negligence, contact GOLDLAW today at 561-222-2222 for a COMPLIMENTARY consultation and take the first step toward securing the physical, mental, and monetary security you deserve!