When you first think about your car accident case, you may think about the fact that your case will go in front of a judge, and you might not be able to think of the right words to say or have worries that they won’t agree that the other party is at fault. However, many people fail to understand the fact that most car accident cases don’t even make it to court – they tend to end in a settlement. In fact, many cases settle many weeks or months before trial would have ever even become an option.
Of course, there are many pros and cons when it comes to choosing between the court and negotiating a settlement. For instance, sometimes it is best to leave your case in the hands of a judge who is skilled in your specific type of injury and can assess your case to give you the best number for your damages. In other cases, you may be getting a better offer out of settlement because you are getting your damages much quicker, which means that you can move on with your life. Today we will look at negotiating the best settlement and how to retain your rights as you work toward the damages you deserve.
Working With Your Attorney Through Settlement
Negotiating the best settlement is not always as simple as it seems. When you want to negotiate toward the best results, you must have the ability to stay organized and document every single step of your case from injuries all the way to current times. The settlement also requires you to be patient because, just like court, it can be extremely time-consuming and you may not get results immediately. Do not be turned away because of this, because success is coming.
Here are some things that you want to remember from the very start when you start working with a claims adjuster to gain the right settlement number:
Stay Polite: You should always be polite as possible when it comes to getting the best settlement on your claim. This means keeping emotions to the side while you work toward the damages you deserve. The insurance adjuster may ask from time and time again how your injury is, and you want to tell them that you are under the care of a doctor.
Decline Recorded Statements: The adjuster might ask for you to give a recorded statement, but you should decline as politely as possible. You could meet with an adjuster in person with the help of your attorney working with you instead, and give the facts as they occurred.
Stay Accurate: Never lie as it pertains to your claim. You should always take notes of times and dates when you have conversations, and many other details. Every document you have should have copies and so much more.
Work With Your Physician: Decline if you are asked to have an independent medical examination (IME). You want to receive treatment from your own physician, and the claims adjuster will be able to request this information.
Negotiations will probably go back and forth for some time, as you may not agree on certain issues or how much your case is really worth. However, with the help of an attorney on your side, anything is possible and you can achieve the settlement that you believe to be best for you. At the Accident Law Group, we want to help you every step of the way when it comes to your case. Call us to find out more at 602-262-4254.