3 Tips to Help Your Florida Personal Injury Claim
Many people think that as long as they were injured in an accident, they can recover against the at-fault party. While this may be technically true in many cases, there is much more that goes into building or preparing a case in which you are able to recover full compensation for your injuries and losses.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of lawyers out there who are simply happy to settle a case for the highest amount the insurance company is willing to offer. This often amounts only to paying medical bills and your lawyer’s fee, with little, if anything, leftover for you. Insurance companies know this, and it is a primary reason why their valuation of injury claims has decreased over the years.
To properly prepare your case to a point where you are in a position to recover full compensation takes time, diligence, and the right evidence. Full compensation includes both economic damages (medical bills, lost wages, etc.) and non-economic damages (pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.). It is the non-economic damages that are typically ignored by many lawyers. This is because insurance companies don’t know how to value these human losses. Below are 3 tips that can help you maximize your recovery in your personal injury claim.
Keep a Journal
One of the best ways to memorialize your injury claim is to keep a daily journal. A daily journal will not only document the ups and downs you experience during the course of your treatment, but it will also help refresh your recollection when/if it ever comes time for you to sit for a deposition, or testify in court. PLEASE NOTE – everything you write in your journal may have to be turned over to the insurance company. So please keep it limited to comments about your injury.
Surround Yourself With Family and Friends
Although your medical records are important in your injury claim, your claim goes well beyond what is contained in your records. A big part of any injury claim is the human aspect of your claim. This is best expressed not only through your own thoughts as expressed in a journal, but also by those close to you, and those you interact with such as fellow co-workers, etc. The testimony of these people, often referred to as before and after witnesses, can drastically increase the value of your claim.
Hire a Lawyer That Specializes in Personal Injury Claims
Not all lawyers are qualified to handle injury claims. Many lawyers handle all types of cases, from bankruptcy to divorce. They may also handle an occasional injury claim. This does not make them qualified. You need a lawyer that specializes in these cases. Would you go to your regular doctor for heart surgery? The same is true when choosing a lawyer.
Trust SouthShore Injury Attorneys With Your Florida Personal Injury Claim
To ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve, it’s important that you consult a qualified personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your accident. The attorneys at SouthShore Injury Attorneys handle only personal injury claims, and are experienced in representing personal injury cases throughout the State of Florida. If you’ve suffered injuries in a Florida accident, contact SouthShore Injury Attorneys at (813) 419-3866 for a free consultation.
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