The vast majority of personal injury claims are settled outside of a courtroom, but resolving issues outside of the court can sometimes be just as difficult as settling them in court. However, a few things remain the same.
First, you should still find an attorney to provide legal representation. Just because you’re outside of a court doesn’t mean you should settle a case by yourself. As for the rest, here are three keys to attaining success in your personal injury settlements.
If you have a conversation with an adjuster, make sure you’re taking notes so you can accurately remember what was said. Likewise, if you set a deadline or requirement with an adjuster, write a letter of confirmation and send it to them, making sure to keep a copy for yourself. This way, if a dispute occurs, you have concrete evidence of your conversations and agreements.
Just like choosing an attorney takes time, so do negotiations and personal injury settlements. Being impatient is only going to frustrate you, your lawyer, the adjusters working with you, and the judge overseeing your case. While it’s important to keep on top of information and see results in a timely manner, even Rome wasn’t built in the span of one day. In addition, some adjusters will start with a low settlement to test the waters. If you’re too impatient to go further, you could be losing money.
While it might not be a good idea to contact your legal counsel every hour on the hour, it’s important to remain persistent and persevere in the case. Don’t let an adjuster just sit on your claim! You should be able to attain a specific deadline for the work to be done, and it should be done by that date. Contacting adjusters for timely updates is never a bad idea, either.
Sometimes settling your personal injury claim isn’t all about having the best lawyer. It’s often about knowing what to document, when to document it, and how to establish a productive, positive relationship with the people working for you. Make use of these three practices and you’ll be on your way to settlement victory in no time.