How to Increase Settlement Compensation
Every accident victim should receive the maximum settlement allowed under the law. Unfortunately, many injured victims leave money on the table, either because they make a critical mistake soon after the accident or because they try to handle negotiations on their own.
At Bundza & Rodriguez, we strive to maximize the amount of compensation our personal injury clients receive. Whether you were injured in a car accident or a slip and fall, you should have all your economic losses covered and have money left over. Contact us today to get started.
Carefully Document Your Accident
You can receive compensation if someone else is responsible for your injuries. For example, if there is a hazard in the grocery store that causes you to slip or trip, you can often hold the store accountable. If you just tripped over your feet, then no one else is to blame.
We have seen many victims receive less than they deserve because they don’t have adequate documentation of what happened. For example, they might get involved in a car accident but not have taken pictures of damage to the vehicles. Or they slipped on liquid in a grocery store but don’t have any tangible proof of what was on the floor.
Most people have smartphones today. Use them. After an accident, get as many pictures as you can of what injured you. Also take pictures of your injuries.
You should also identify all possible witnesses. In the absence of photographs, a witness can provide helpful information to explain how the accident unfolded.
Receive Prompt Medical Treatment
The longer you wait to receive medical care, the more it looks like you didn’t really suffer serious injuries. Go to the doctor or hospital soon after the accident. Tell your doctor what happened and explain all your symptoms. If your doctor wants you to stay in bed, follow her orders.
Realize that some injuries are slow to develop. If at any point you begin to feel bad, head to the hospital. You might be developing an injury caused by the accident.
Avoid Giving Recorded Statements
This is an easy rule to follow, but many people slip up and give a statement as soon as an insurance adjuster calls the house. Chances are high that the insurer is trying to get you to say something that will minimize your claim.
You have no obligation to talk right away, especially if you are in pain. Let your attorney handle communications. There may come a point where you give a statement to the insurer, but your attorney will be by your side to clear up confusion or misstatements.
Hire a Volusia County Personal Injury Lawyer
Most victims do not understand how much their injuries are truly worth. They discount their pain and suffering or emotional distress and agree to accept pennies compared to what they could actually receive.
By hiring a Daytona Beach personal injury lawyer at Bundza & Rodriguez, you will not make this mistake. We can carefully calculate how much you should receive, based on your unique facts. Then we can drive a hard bargain to get you the maximum amount available.
To get started, please call us at 386-252-5170 today.