While many insurance companies promise to work for your benefit, the reality is that they are businesses looking to make money, too. This means that they will try to find ways to pay as little as possible to settle your claims.
In some cases, the settlements an individual receives can be much less than what they need to cover any costs related to their injury and future needs. Unfortunately, many individuals also do not realize that they do not have to accept the initial offer, meaning that they could have gained more had they known better.
That said, a great way to ensure that you gain fair compensation for an injury is to make sure you have a strong case. Here is how you can do that:
1. Record all the expenses
Keep a log of all the expenses you have incurred due to the injury. This can include costs for medication, hospital expenses, lost income, and so on. Keep your bills, and if possible, pay with a credit card or use a check. That way, records are automatically documented. All of this information is an effective way to show how much you have lost due to the injury and is a good way to see whether or not you have been “low balled” by an insurance company.
2. Only talk with your attorneys
You may be tempted to talk about your case to your friends, family, and so on. However, doing so can lead to trouble. Whatever you say can be used against you in court, so talk only to your attorneys about anything case-related.
Avoid signing anything as well if you have not talked about it with your attorney. If you have received information about the case that has gone straight to you and no one else, you should also send it to your attorney. That way, you and your attorney can develop a report for your insurance company, allowing you to maximize your claim.
3. Do not throw away the evidence
Do not throw any evidence away, including the clothes you were wearing at the time of the incident. All of these may have a role to play in the case, allowing you to make claims that would otherwise be impossible to make without any evidence.
If possible, take photographs of anything that was part of the injury, such as the vehicle or machine that harmed you. That way, you will have some form of evidence even if the actual item gets lost.
4. Note your experiences after the injury
Consult with your attorney before you start noting your daily experiences after the injury. Record everything, even what might appear ordinary or irrelevant. From work to play, write down everything that you do, and also write about how the injury has changed your life overall. That way, if you are asked about how the injury has affected the way you live, you can more easily remember.
By following the tips above, you will stand a far greater chance of creating a strong case to ensure you gain fair compensation to cover for your post-injury needs. That said, the most advantageous thing you can do is to work with a reliable and professional attorney. With their help, you can create a strong case by ensuring all the necessary information is collected, that you do not set yourself up for trouble, and that you will be able to negotiate for the best compensation possible.
Kang Law Group is an Oregon law firm specializing in professional injury law to help clients make the most out of their claims. If you need an injury attorney in Hillsboro, contact us today!