Don’t Attempt Handling an Injury Claim Alone
In the aftermath of an accident regardless of whether it is a car accident, a slip and fall, or even a medical error, people will often have to contend with a number of damages that are caused by their accident injuries. These injuries can range from life-threatening to permanent disability. In many cases, these injuries are the result of accidents directly caused by the negligence of a liable party. These liable parties could consist of drunk drivers, part manufacturers, the owners of a business, etc. and they may all owe you compensation. People that have to deal with the fallout of accident injuries may elect to file a personal injury claim in order to seek the compensation they need to cope with damages but sometimes people make the mistake of thinking they can take on a claim all on their own.
St. Petersburg Personal Injury Claims
Personal injury claims are no simple process. Every single personal injury claim is different in its own way with its own sets of damages, plaintiffs, liable parties, etc. that need to be taken into account before demanding compensation for damages. Handling a claim on your own often proves to be a bigger undertaking than many people anticipate and they end up making mistakes that end up hurting their claim and the size of the settlement they could have possibly gotten.
Consider Dolman Law Group as your legal representation in this difficult time. Our lawyers have the experience you need to ensure that your case stands the best chance possible at getting the settlement that you need to cover things like medical bills and lost wages. Dolman Law Group offers a free consultation to those wanting to know what legal options may be available to them after an accident. To schedule your free consultation with Dolman Law Group today contact us online or call our St. Petersburg office at (727) 222-6922.
Reasons Why You Handling a Claim Alone is a Bad Idea
You Don’t Know How to Calculate Damages
When it comes to personal injury claims, the core motive is to seek compensation. In order to do this, a plaintiff needs to be prepared to outline what exactly needs to be compensated and exactly how much. Not only do they have to do this but they also have to back up these claimed damages with proof that they were calculated fairly and thoroughly. Many people think that they can simply write down a number that they think will cover the damages they suffered and that is adequate enough for those that will have to end up paying the settlement.
Calculating the damages of a personal injury claim is much more complicated than this and is a lot of work in itself. Many people that try to handle their claims on their own even end up missing out on damages that they didn’t even know applied to them. An experienced personal injury attorney knows exactly what to look for and what kind of damages you may be eligible to receive compensation for. They can also calculate your damages with the array or resources at their disposal. Sometimes the calculation of damages may require the assistance of an expert economist or there may be a legal precedent set forth when it comes to a certain type of damage. Overall, it is best to consult with an attorney on matters such as these.
Negotiating a Settlement Takes Experience
One aspect of a claim that will often catch those handling them alone unaware is the negotiation. Most personal injury cases end up settling out of court since a trial can make the process especially tedious not to mention costly. However, this can work for both sides of the negotiating table. When those representing the insurance company see that you are handling your claim on your own they know that they may have the opportunity to try all kinds of underhanded tactics that can diminish the value of your claim. Negotiating with these people takes experience since matters such as the average value of a type of case, typical insurance policies in regard to settlements, and the likelihood of a case winning should it go to trial play an important role in determining a fair settlement.
You Don’t Know What Evidence You Need to Prove Your Case
In order to prove that a liable party was negligent and caused the accident that injured you, strong evidence is required. This evidence can run the gamut from witness testimony to video footage of an accident occurring. Depending on the accident, different evidence may be needed to help support a claim and may or may not be available. Experienced lawyers will know exactly what to look for depending on a case and how to go about securing that evidence. Many people that try to handle claims on their own may know that there is a piece of evidence that can help them but can run into walls when it comes to obtaining it. They may also not be aware that there are certain techniques such as accident reconstruction that are possible and can help strengthen a claim.
Seek an Experienced St. Petersburg Personal Injury Attorney
If you suffered an injury because of an accident, do not try to handle your claim on your own! Working with a lawyer can help increase the amount of your claim, ease your stress, and make it easier for you to handle many of the challenges that come your way as you recover from the accident.
Dolman Law Group has been representing injured accident victims successfully for years. Our lawyers have the skill, experience, and resources to help ensure your claim has the best chance possible at getting you the compensation that you not only need but deserve as well. Regardless of the path a case takes, we will always aggressively pursue the best possible outcome. Call the Dolman Law Group in St. Petersburg at (727) 222-6922 or fill out an online contact form for a free consultation to learn your rights when seeking compensation through a personal injury claim.
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