In the current political climate, protests have become more common occurrences. One way to deter forces that inflice violence upon peaceful protestors is to use the rules of the system: a lawsuit.
Have you protested, and then suffered a personal injury at the hands of someone else’s negligence? If so, it’s essential that you do everything you can to get every penny you’re owed, mainly because insurance companies will do their best to give you as small of a claim as possible. Keep these tips in mind while building your case and working with a legal expert.
Decide on an Amount That’s Fair to You
When you consider the extent of your injuries, your pain and suffering, and whether you need to take time off work to recover, you need to come up with a settlement amount you feel is fairest. Specifically, decide on both a maximum and minimum amount. Keep this amount between you and your legal professional, as such information can be used against you by an insurance adjuster.
Keep Records of Evidence
Evidence is essential to any case, not just personal injury lawsuits. The other party will use the evidence you present to decide whether your requested settlement amount is fair. If a jury is involved, they’ll want you to use evidence to back up your claim. Ask your personal injury attorney what evidence is the most essential to your case and how to go about getting it. Usually, pictures, medical records, police reports, testimonies from professionals, and the like help build your case.
The First Offer Should Not Be the Last Offer
Do not allow yourself to be blinded by a seemingly generous first offer, as anyone from an experienced firm like Shook & Stone can tell you. The first offer is usually a test to see if you and your attorney understand the true impact and depth of your injury. If you accept an initial offer that’s way below what you actually deserve, the insurance company knows you haven’t done your homework. Even with an amount you think is fair, know that there is a chance you may have no choice but to compromise a little.
See a Doctor
Even if your injury doesn’t leave you bound in a wheelchair, you should still seek medical attention. After all, the other party isn’t likely to believe you are in too much pain if you didn’t even feel the need to seek out a physician, right? A doctor can help you understand the true extent of your injuries, which can be masked if you had adrenaline coursing through your body when the incident occurred. Something else to think about is that if you don’t know the full extent of your injuries, you can’t know how much you should ask for in your settlement. If you have ever gone to the hospital for anything besides a personal injury, you know all too well how quickly costs can add up.
Don’t Forget About Mental and Emotional Injury
Besides a doctor, making an appointment with a therapist may also be a good idea. You could have PTSD, anxiety, or depression as a result of your injury. Additionally, your injury may have left you unable to engage in activities that brought you joy. If so, be sure to bring these facts up to your attorney and the other party.
You deserve every cent you’re owed for your personal injury, and it is clear that the #BlueLivesMatter crowd will protect themselves at all costs but that won’t always translate to protecting the public – especially those from marginalized groups. Use these tips to maximize your rightful compensation.
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