How to Maximize a Personal Injury Claim

Gainesville and Ocala Personal Injury Attorneys serving Alachua, Columbia, Marion, Sumter, and Lake County.  Thousands of Floridians are injured each year in automobile accidents, on commercial property and at work.  Each of these injuries is unique and requires careful management of both parties.  Often personal injury claims fall short of actual injuries and hardships incurred.  Insurance companies are also becoming more aggressive and less likely to settle for full damages.  Here are some tips to help account for all your damages and help you maximize your settlement.

1.) Get photos of the accident scene.  Memory is often faulty and unreliable.  If you are in an automobile accident or injured on someone’s property, you will want to get photos of the accident to not only help you remember, but also to help prove potential negligence and fault.

2.) Do not leave the scene without a police report or incident report from management.  Many times an injured party will leave the scene quickly, possibly to meet obligations or avoid confrontation.  Be firm and demand a copy of any reports taken.

3.) Do not give any statements.  Nervousness and anxiety play a major role after a traumatic injury or accident.  You may say something in error or use bad judgment when speaking to police officers or managers.  Give them your contact information and seek medical attention immediately.  Insurance companies (yes, even your own company) want to reduce liability at any cost and will use your own statement to do so.

4.) Keep a detailed log or journal of all expenditures and lost income.  Items like prescriptions, co-pays, and mileage to and from your medical provider can all be accounted for with receipts and meticulous note taking.  If you lose time from work for doctor’s appointments or are forced to take medical leave, make sure you keep a detailed account of time lost.

5.) Hire a Personal Injury Attorney.  Medical providers, insurance companies and corporate lawyers are a mess to deal with and will try to reduce your settlement.  As soon as your medical condition is stable, seek an attorney and begin your claim immediately.  If you lack medical coverage, an attorney can help you get the care you need with little or no cost out of pocket.

The Personal Injury Attorneys of Massey & Duffy, PLLC have decades of experience working with insurance companies and medical providers.  Call (352) 505-8900 today to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION.