Understanding Personal Injury Law

Understanding Personal Injury Law

Hurt in a Car Accident? Understanding the Insurance Settlement Process

Kristina Walker

If you were in a car crash caused by someone else, you may be considering a lawsuit. One thing to remember is that pursuing a lawsuit is a long and often expensive process. While you may be successful in your quest to get paid, keep in mind the work the suit will require between yourself and your attorney. Here is what you can expect.

Compose a Demand Letter

A demand letter is used as a negotiating tool with the insurance company of the person who caused your injury. You will list your injuries, who was responsible for them, your medical treatment, its cost, how much time and money you missed from work, and any other damages you have encountered. You will also state the reason why you qualify to make a claim against this person. In addition, you will list the amount of money you want to settle your suit.

Decide on a Settlement Figure

You will need to determine how much money you believe will be needed to deal with your injuries. You will need to decide on the minimum amount you want before speaking to the insurer. Do not mention your bottom-line figure to the insurer. This amount will come into play if you want to counter-offer their initial figure.

Keep in mind it is rare to get the exact amount you have requested. This is why you will need to inflate your initial figure so that you will ultimately get something close to what you want. If the first offer you receive is too low, you will need to go through the process of counter-offering until you reach an agreement.

Put It in Writing

After you have gone through all of these steps, you will need to make sure the entire agreement is in writing. You will need to send a formal letter to the insurance adjuster that lists all of the negotiations, the agreed settlement figure, what the damages were that will be remedied by the settlement, and the date on which you intend to get the money from the insurer.

Car-accident injuries can be very painful both physically and mentally. However, working with a great attorney on your demand letter can help you get all of your damages paid for along with extra money for your pain and suffering. Always work with an attorney, such as one from Palmetto Injury Lawyers, through the entire process and do not speak to anyone from the insurance office while your case is pending.


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Understanding Personal Injury Law

After I got into an accident a few years ago, I realized that I needed to hire an attorney, and fast. I didn't know how to proceed through the course of the investigation by my insurance company, so I searched the area for a personal injury lawyer who could help. I was really impressed with how intelligent my lawyer was and how hard he worked to make things right with my case. After a few months, my lawsuit was settled, and I really felt like I couldn't have done it without him. This blog is all about understanding personal injury law and the benefits of working with a lawyer.