When you’ve experienced a personal injury, hired a lawyer and filed a claim, the next question is simple: will this claim result in the compensation that I need to take care of all my medical bills and the resulting pain and anguish?
While there is no way of knowing whether you will receive compensation without knowing the particulars of the case, there are a number of factors that determine your ability to receive the necessary compensation, so let’s take a closer look.
1. The Track Record of the Personal Injury Lawyer
Assuming that your case has already been fully investigated and vetted for its veracity, the most important factor in your ability to receive the correct amount of compensation is the experience level and track record of your chosen personal injury lawyer. Be sure to ask them about cases that they have handled in the past and what methods they will be using to ensure that you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours before making a hire.
2. Investigation Results
A personal injury lawyer spends a great deal of time investigating all of the information regarding your case and once the motion for discovery has been issued, they’ll also investigate and interrogate the defendant whenever possible. This gives them a chance to determine the settlement amount that you can reasonably expect to receive.
While exact dollar figures are not tossed around during this stage of the proceedings, a ballpark figure is floated.
There is no insurance adjuster alive who is simply going to take your word for it and authorize a massive settlement check. Every aspect of your personal injury claim is going to have to be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. The insurance company is not there to hold your hand and guarantee your ability to receive compensation. They are there to limit the amount that you are entitled to. As a result, you will need to meticulously document your case, your injuries and provide as much proof as possible.
4. Level of Patience
An insurance adjuster usually offers a settlement amount during the early stages of a personal injury claim and while this level of compensation may seem helpful in the moment, these types of low ball offers should not be accepted under any circumstances.
The level of patience that a plaintiff displays will determine their ability to obtain the rightful compensation. Lunging at the first palatable offer is exactly what the insurance adjuster is (literally) banking on.
While all personal injury claims do not result in compensation, you can increase your odds by considering the aforementioned factors. By retaining a legal representative, collecting all of the necessary documentation that allows them to do their job to the best of their ability and remaining patient, you can receive the compensation you so richly deserve.