Injured? What You Need to Know About the Personal Injury Claim Process
Thomas Pyles | August 31, 2021
Whether it’s a car accident or a slip and fall case, injured people often think their only options are either to let insurance handle it or go to court. While this is somewhat true, injury victims have a lot more control over the process than they realize. Unfortunately, the process isn’t always easy to navigate, especially if you have suffered a serious injury. If you have been injured in an accident and aren’t sure what to do, a Waldorf injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to pay your bills and get the treatment you need to make a full recovery.
You Are Not Obligated to Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer
You may be surprised at how quickly the insurance company attempts to settle your claim. However, these offers are often made before your injuries and other losses are fully known. Once you accept their offer, you release them from any further liability, regardless of whether you knew the full extent of your injuries or how long it would take you to recover. If the insurance company has offered you a cash settlement early on, we recommend that you decline the offer unless you are certain of the extent of your injuries and what it will take to make a full recovery.
It’s also not uncommon for insurance companies to make lowball offers further into the claim process. Again, you have the right to decline unreasonable offers and negotiate for fair compensation. Admittedly, this can be difficult – you need to know how to build a strong case and how to leverage the evidence and the law to get fair compensation. An experienced Waldorf injury lawyer will know how to navigate the insurance claim process so that you can get the compensation you deserve.
Settlement is a Negotiation Process
Unless the insurance company pays the full amount you demanded for your claim, chances are that you will be negotiating a resolution of your case. This could take some time, but it’s important to emphasize that it isn’t simply a matter of exchanging numbers. Instead, you should have a compelling argument as to why you are entitled to the amount you are seeking. The insurance company may not be willing to provide an explanation as to why they will only pay a certain amount, but you need to remember that this isn’t just a numbers game. Working with a Waldorf injury lawyer who is a skilled and experienced negotiator can maximize the value of your claim.
Sometimes Court Is Your Best Option
Ultimately, filing a lawsuit may be your only option to get the compensation you need to cover your medical bills and other losses. However, the legal system is complicated, and even minor mistakes can jeopardize your claim. If you think you may need to file a lawsuit, you should speak with a Waldorf injury lawyer before taking this step.
Contact Waldorf Injury Lawyer Thomas E. Pyles
If you have been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you deserve fair compensation for your losses. With decades of success in helping injury victims, the Law Offices of Thomas E. Pyles knows how to get results. Contact us today at 301-705-5006 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.