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Ensuring That You Get Maximum Compensation After You Are Injured

When you suffer from a serious injury, it can leave you struggling not only to heal physically, but also to make a full financial recovery. Everything from your lost hours due to missing work to your medical bills and beyond could play a significant role int eh weeks and months following an accident, and as such you need to ensure that you take the right steps to get the most from any settlement or compensation. And often, filing a personal injury lawsuit is the only real way to make sure that you get exactly what you deserve. At the very least, having a skilled attorney on your side will be vital no matter what path you take to compensation.

Knowing What You Are Owed

You’ll generally be given compensation or settlement due to an insurance policy. But often, these aren’t designed to truly cover all of your costs. First, you’ll need to know just what a fair settlement will include.

• Medical costs including future potential estimated costs
• Lost wages due to missing work, including future estimated lost wages
• Impact to ability to further yourself in your career – an injury that makes it harder to get a promotion, for instance
• Compensation for property damage
• Compensation for pain and suffering

These fundamental things need to be considered when you are seeking compensation. The idea is simple – your settlement should be enough to return you to a financial situation that you would have been in had the accident never occurred. If your insurance settlement offer covers all of this, that’s great. But often, it’s hard to make a clear estimate. You may need an attorney to review your case and consult with experts to determine just what is really owed to you. And making matters more difficult, insurance companies do all that they can to avoid paying out a dime more than they have to. In these instances, getting an attorney may be needed.

Getting What You Deserve

Once you have a basic idea of just what it is that you’re owed, the next step is to make sure that you are able to get it. An attorney will be vital here. Not only will they stand up to insurance companies and work to negotiate a settlement that is right for you, but just having a lawyer on your side is often enough to get you the respect that you may not have had initially.

There are, of course, a few things that you can do to help make it easier for your attorney to get you the most from your injuries. These include:

• Take photos whenever possible of the accident scene
• Get witness names
• Keep track of all missed days from work and other expenses
• Seek medical attention as soon as possible after the accident occurs
• Always be honest with your attorney about everything
• Avoid posting on social media, especially about your accident or any photos of you – even photos from years ago
• Don’t talk to the other side on your own. Always direct them to your lawyer, no matter what they are offering or calling for

These basic tips can help ensure that you are able to get the amount of money from your injuries that you are actually owed. Keep each of them in mind and talk to an attorney as soon as you can to make sure you are able to get the help you need to get back on your feet after an accident.


Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

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