How to Maximize Personal Injury Settlements
Whether you have sustained an injury in an auto accident, a workplace, someone else’s home, or due to medical malpractice, the result is usually great emotional and financial hardship. The cost of treatment, lost days at work, and physical pain all add up, causing great suffering for the victim.
Justice demands that you receive compensation for the injuries caused by the neglectful and careless behavior of another. During ancient times, under the rule of Hammurabi in 14th century BC, there was a legal code known as “an eye for an eye.” While this adage may not apply in present times, the guilty person does have to offer financial compensation to the victim in accordance with the loss sustained due to personal injury.
To ensure you are fully compensated for your losses, to contact a professional attorney immediately after an accident. In addition, there are certain steps mentioned below that will have a great influence on your personal injury case settlement.
Request for a Report
Call the police and tell them about the accident. You should request that they make a report and tell them all the facts relating to the incident. Also, it is very important that you get medical treatment for your injuries.
Get Immediate Medical Help
After sustaining an injury, get immediate medical help. This is important because the medical evaluation made by a qualified doctor will be examined in court to determine your settlement value. The medical report should detail the type of injury sustained, as well as tests, medications, and therapy required for treating the injury. This can serve as compelling evidence in court when introduced through a physician’s or other expert’s trial testimony. However, you should keep in mind that if you are non-compliant with the prescribed treatment orders, the defense team will most likely use this against you in court.
Document Damage to the Property
You must not only get a medical report pertaining to injuries, but also a document that assesses damage to your property. If you have been involved in an auto accident, you should take your car to a trusted mechanic and get the car inspected for damage. Take pictures of the damage pointed out by the mechanic.
An important point to note is that you should not have damaged parts repaired. Instead, ask the mechanic to replace the parts damaged in an accident with new ones, and keep them with you to present as evidence in court.