5 Important Steps You Need to Take to Win Your Personal Injury Claim
According to the National Center for Health Statistics, over 31 million injuries happen every year in the United States, requiring extensive medical treatment and hospitalization. The National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than 3 million injuries and 40,000 deaths occur just from the 5.5 million car accidents annually. More over, construction accidents cause another 300,000 personal injuries and 1,000 deaths each year, and medical negligence takes the lives of approximately 98,000 people each year.
Given these high number of injuries and accident-related deaths each year, it is no wonder that so many personal injury claims are filed seeking compensation. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that was caused by another party’s negligence, it is important that you hire an experienced personal injury attorney and take the right steps to ensure you obtain the full compensation that you deserve.
Below are 5 steps you should take to increase your chances of winning your personal injury claim and obtaining the settlement that you deserve:
#1: Collect Evidence
Without the right and sufficient evidence, you may not have a strong personal injury case. You need to have two types of evidence: evidence to prove the other party was at fault and evidence to prove the extent of your property damages and personal injuries. Below are examples of evidence you should collect:
- Pictures of the scene of the accident
- Contact information for eyewitnesses
- Medical notes and billings
- Proof of lost wages and benefits
- Receipts for every injury-related expense
#2: Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Getting medical attention and following your doctor’s orders is not only important for health reasons, but also for the success of your case. If you fail to follow your doctor’s orders, the insurance adjuster may doubt the extent of the injuries that you are claiming.
#3: Be Detailed With Losses You Incur
The more details you have about your injuries and damages, the more likely you are to obtain full compensation for them. For instance, you should keep a daily log of how your injuries are preventing you from performing your daily activities. This will help your attorney during the negotiation process to prove to the adjuster the impact the accident has had on your daily life.
#4: Do Not Rush to Settle
One of the key factors in successfully settling your claim is to have patience. If the insurance company suspects that you are anxiously anticipating a settlement, they will offer you a quick settlement that is far below what you are entitled to.
#5: Consult an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
Having an experienced and aggressive personal injury attorney on your side will make the insurance adjuster less likely to use delay tactics to stall the settlement of your claim and make offers which are significantly less than what you deserve.
Injured in an accident that was caused by the negligence or another party? You may be entitled to monetary compensation! For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey personal injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.