If you or someone close to you has suffered an injury due to another person’s negligence, you may already know you are entitled to compensation. What you may not know is the importance of thoroughly and accurately valuing your claim and how the insurance company may try to get you to settle quickly (and for less than your claim is worth.)
How serious are the injuries?
No matter how serious your injuries seem at first, the true severity can only be determined after a thorough medical examination. It is relatively common for a person to suffer a car accident injury, for instance, and feel only minor pain and discomfort. After weeks or months pass, however, the injury continues to take its toll and the true debilitating effects take hold. In other situations, the full effects are more obvious, such as when an accident results in serious head trauma, fractures and injuries to the spinal cord.
In either situation, the need for a qualified medical examination is of paramount importance. Your well-being depends on it. Your financial future may as well.
How long will the hardships last?
The insurance company has made you an offer and it sounds generous. It may be more money than you have ever been offered in your life. Is it really as generous as it sounds?
When you consider the long-term impact of your injuries, you may realize a generous offer is actually far less than you will need to overcome the expenses and hardships that accompany your injury. Consider how a serious injury may require ongoing medical treatment, additional surgeries, medications and lost time from work. If your injury is disabling, you may even require expensive adaptive equipment and adapted living and driving arrangements. Is the offer enough to get you by for the next year? What about the next ten years?
You don’t have to face this legal struggle alone
The role of a personal injury attorney is to help you achieve maximum compensation for your injuries so you don’t have to worry about how you will pay for the many hardships you face. With an experienced legal ally in your corner, you can rest assured that someone is fighting to make sure your claim will be fairly and accurately valued and your needs met today and far into the future.