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Tips To Increase Your Accident Injury Settlement

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When you’re up against an insurance provider in the Sarasota area, it’s important to maximize your claim. Your insurance provider may act as though they’re on your side, but it’s important to remember that they’re a business first. They want to protect their bottom line, they want to keep your premiums as profits, and they are likely to minimize your claim in order to save themselves as much as possible in a payout.

Alongside your skilled personal injury attorney in the Sarasota region, you can increase your accident injury settlement. With evidence and experienced representation on your side, insurance providers will be hard-pressed to minimize your claim or pay you too little to cover your accident-related damages. A few tips to increase your accident injury settlement are:

• Seek immediate medical attention – One of the most powerful things you can do to maximize your accident injury settlement is to seek medical attention as quickly as possible after an accident has occurred. If you’ve been in a minor auto accident in Sarasota, you might be tempted to decline medical attention believing that you’re perfectly fine. You wake up the next morning, with all of the accident-related adrenaline long worn off, and you find that your neck is in pain, your wrist is swollen, and you’re unable to work. You can seek medical attention at this time, but there is no way to prove that your injuries are related to the accident and the accident alone when you’ve waited a full day to seek a medical evaluation.

Even if you feel as if no injuries are present, it’s important to your potential settlement to always accept a medical evaluation immediately following any accident.

• Make quick work of filing your claim – Not only do you want to be quick with your medical evaluation, but you also want to be quick with filing your claim as well. Failure to file your claim quickly may raise a red flag to your insurance provider that your injuries or your accident is not as serious as you claim it to be. As soon as you’re able, make that call to your insurance provider to get the claims process started. Immediately following your claim, make another call to a Sarasota area personal injury attorney to assist you in your claims case.

• Include all damages in your claim – Your claim isn’t just about the medical and property damage costs you have now, it’s about your future damages as well. If you will require surgery, if you’ll have an extended leave from work, if you’ll be facing physical therapy costs to make a full recovery, these are all factors that should be included in your settlement claim.

• Don’t accept a first offer without an attorney present – Even if you’ve laid out all damages, you’ve included all evidence, you made your claim quickly, and you sought immediate medical attention, your insurance provider may still try to minimize your offer by making a quick and convenient first offer. Chances are, this offer will be less than what you’re asking for and your insurance provider will hope that you’re so in need of a settlement you’ll be willing to take it without argument. Don’t accept any offer without going over it first with your personal injury attorney, and don’t accept an offer that will be insufficient in taking care of your accident-related damages.

If you’ve been in an accident in the Sarasota region, and you’re unsure of what steps to take next to ensure you get a fair settlement, you’re not alone. Call us at today to approach your case in a way that will get you the full compensation you deserve.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

Tips To Increase Your Accident Injury Settlement

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