When someone’s negligence has caused you injury, the best outcome, of course, is to receive fair compensation for your losses. But what factors should you consider to avoid a less-than-fair settlement, or denial of the claim entirely? A recent article in the South Florida Reporter shares some actions that can help your case.
- Document the situation in detail. If possible, use your mobile phone in that moment to capture photographic and video evidence of your injuries and the environment around you. It’s also important to call law enforcement as soon as possible. Their detailed incident report can be a valuable tool in an injury claim.
- Seek medical help immediately after your injury and get documentation of your treatment. If you wait too long to go to the emergency room or contact your doctor, the correlation between your injuries and the incident can weaken. This may lead an insurance company to argue that your injuries are unrelated to the incident or are being overstated.
- Keep documentation to detail the losses the injury has caused you to suffer. Save bills and proof of lost income. Document with a diary or calendar how the injury has negatively affected your quality of life.
- Consider carefully what you post on social media after your injury, as it can be used against you. Some content may have the power to diminish your injury or contradict your story. This may give the insurance company or others reason to doubt the truthfulness of your claim.
- Be sure to talk with an experienced personal injury attorney in lieu of working with the insurance company directly. It’s in the insurance company’s best interest to settle with you for as little as possible or deny the claim altogether. An attorney can help you get the best outcome possible.
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