After being hurt by someone else’s negligence, you can file a claim against the at-fault party to recover financial compensation for your injuries. The personal injury process is complex though, and even the smallest mistake could jeopardize your claim. Below, our Illinois personal injury lawyer outlines the tips that can help you claim the maximum compensation for your injury.
During the personal injury claim process, you will have to prove that another person’s carelessness caused your injuries. To do this, you need strong evidence that can substantiate your claim. Important evidence in personal injury claims includes photographs of the accident scene, eyewitness statements, police reports, incident reports, and more. The more evidence you can collect to prove your case, the more damages you can claim.
You should always seek medical treatment immediately following any accident. Your safety and well-being is the most important priority after any accident and you need to ensure your injuries do not become any worse. You should also see a doctor even if you do not think you are injured. Some injuries do not present symptoms right away, but a doctor will find them during an examination.
It is also important to receive medical treatment soon after an accident to prove the nature and extent of your injuries. If you do not see a doctor, the insurance company will use that fact to argue that you were not injured.
You may sustain more than just physical injuries during an accident. A car accident, slip and fall, and other types of accidents are traumatic and can greatly affect your mental health. To claim the full damages you deserve, tell your doctor about any emotional ailments you may be suffering from so you can receive treatment for your mental injuries, too.
Of course, before you can claim damages, you have to ask for a certain amount from the at-fault party. Some types of damages, such as pain and suffering, are very difficult to calculate. It is always advised that you work with a lawyer who can accurately value your claim to ensure you receive the maximum compensation you need.
Shortly after the accident, an insurance company may contact you and offer a settlement. It is tempting to accept this offer so you can receive compensation more quickly. However, the first few settlement offers are rarely enough to fully cover the cost of your injury and so, it is important to remain patient. A personal injury lawyer will negotiate for a fair amount, and one that is worth waiting for.
At Brassfield & Krueger, Ltd., our Illinois personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the maximum compensation for their injuries. We will put our skill and knowledge to work for you, too. Call us now or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.
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