Combined injuries are some of the hardest to deal with as a patient. Not only do you have physical struggles, but you’re dealing with the hardship of mental troubles as well. Whether you’re struggling with broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or depression as a result of the crash you were in, it’s extremely difficult to get back to a normal life.
As someone who typically works to support yourself, you know that you have to get fair compensation for your injuries. Without it, you’ll struggle to make ends meet and have to return to work before you have the full chance of recovery that you need.
What can you do to get the settlement you deserve?
The first thing you should do after deciding to file a claim is to contact your attorney. Your attorney will look into the case and negotiate on your behalf. This is beneficial, because it means you can focus on your recovery instead of being the one contacting the insurance agents or others involved in the case.
The next thing to do is to keep all receipts and documents related to injuries and damage to your personal property. This is not the time to take pity on the other party. Instead, keep strict records of every expense related to the crash. These expenses might include things like travel costs from a medical office to home, overnight expenses for your spouse while you were hospitalized and additional losses that were a result of the collision.
On top of those expenses, you need to track your medical expenses. All medical expenses should be covered by the at-fault party. Keep doctors’ office receipts, medical bills and other documents that come your way. Along with these, keep any documentation of diagnoses, medical tests or paperwork stating the severity of your condition.
On top of your actual financial losses, you need to show how this injury will impact your future. This should be calculated into your award, so that you aren’t left struggling following recovery. Some people never fully recover, and it’s important that those responsible for their injuries do have to provide them with a financial safety net.
In most cases, insurance companies are fair, but the first offer is not always the best offer. Take your time when reviewing offers, and know that you can refuse to take an offer if it doesn’t cover your losses or is not fair to you as the victim.