If you have suffered an injury due to the recklessness of someone else, you can claim compensation from the individual/ organization responsible for the injury. Claiming compensation is not a straightforward process. A personal injury lawyer is a specialist in personal injury lawsuits and can help you get the best settlement.
Here’s an overview of what you need to do to get the best personal injury settlement:
When you suffer a personal injury, some of the most obvious factors for compensation are things like medical expenses incurred, wages lost due to the inability to work, any injuries that have a long-term impact. Besides these, there are several other small and large expenses that you may have to incur due to personal injury.
A personal injury lawyer is the best person to accurately assess your claim amount.
Decide on the Minimum Amount you will Accept:
In a personal injury lawsuit, the settlement amount is a debatable one.
It is recommended that you determine a minimum settlement amount that is acceptable to you. This helps in negotiations because you will have an idea of the lower limit of your claim.
Your claim amount will be higher than the minimum settlement amount. However, do not be too rigid about your claim amount because it can vary for several reasons.
For instance, you may not have considered certain conditions that weaken your case. In such a case, you will have to lower your claim amount. Alternatively, during the negotiations, you may discover facts that you might have overlooked earlier that make your case stronger. Here, you have an opportunity to increase the claim amount.
Fix the Claim Amount:
When you are making your claim make sure that you quote an amount that is higher than the actual amount you deserve for the injury. This will serve as a negotiation margin when the final settlement amount is settled.
When you are claiming compensation in a personal injury case, the opposing attorney will try to assess your stand by suggesting a low amount for settlement. Make sure that you don’t jump at the first offer you receive because the lawyer is trying to judge you with this offer.
You can make a counter-offer that is below the actual amount claimed. This will give an indication to the opposing attorney that you are aware of the worth of your offer and are ready to negotiate.
A final amount is reached mutually after both parties make their offer and counter-offers. Make sure that you do not settle for the minimum amount that you have decided on.
Having a personal injury lawyer by your side is helpful because he can negotiate the case so that you receive the best settlement.
Here are some golden rules while bargaining in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Do not reduce your claim amount more than once until the other party makes a counter offer.
- Do not reduce the amount demanded more than twice unless there is an increment in the original of the other party.
Once the settlement amount is mutually agreed on by both parties, create a written record and share it with all parties.
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