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- The common misguided belief that serious injury lawsuits are frivolous and the victim will acquire large settlement easily results in losing compensation that one is entitled to due to being tricked into settling for a significantly lower amount
- It is important for people who have serious injury claims to know their rights
- Settlement offers depend on how strong your case and your legal representation is
- Getting services of a reputable lawyer or firm helps to secure fair compensation
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Serious Injury Claims: Knowing and Fighting for Your Rights
When it comes to serious injury claims, many individuals choose to represent themselves in court without seeking help of a personal injury lawyer, due to a misguided belief that serious injury lawsuits are frivolous and the victim will acquire large settlement easily. This same misguided belief results in losing compensation that one is entitled to due to being tricked into settling for a significantly lower amount.
First thing that you need to understand is that insurance companies have a lot of resources and well trained public relations departments, whereas they stand to benefit from presenting claimants and their lawyers as profit seekers. It is not a secret that insurance companies stand to profit if they can undercut the settlement, so it is important for people who have serious injury claims to know a few things about their rights, such as:
Don’t Give a Recorded Statement Without Talking to a Lawyer First
Most people believe that agreeing to an insurance company’s request to provide a recorded statement will help their case, but if an insurance company asks to record your statement, don’t accept without talking to a lawyer first. Contrary to what you may believe, a recorded statement could hurt your chances of filing for serious injury claim, and insurance companies know this. You may provide inaccurate information due to poor memory or leave out important details. With a recorded statement, an insurance company effectively locks you into the statement, and if you provide different or new information in court, you’ll come off as dishonest in the eyes of the jury.
Get a Reputable Personal Injury Lawyer
It’s a given that you need services of an attorney if you want to be protected from the defendant’s legal representation or the insurance companies involved, all of which would benefit if the compensation you are entitled to is denied or reduced significantly. However, you need to get the services of a reputable lawyer or firm, one that has a credible background made up of successful claims.
The main reason for this is that the insurance companies do research the background of your lawyer, and will adjust their settlement offers based on their perceived chances of victory in the court. If they see that you are properly represented, they won’t risk a trial because not only will they have to pay the full amount when they lose, they also have to deal with the hassle of the trial itself. The same goes for you, you will save a lot of time and effort if you can get the insurance company to settle for the full amount, simply by showing that you will have a strong case and a strong legal representation if things go to trial.
Last but not the least, it is important to always be honest with everything. Tell your doctor about all of the injuries you suffered from in the accident, and notify him of preexisting conditions that could make the injury look more serious than it really is. The same goes when talking to your lawyer and the authorities. Contrary to popular media representation of lawyers as willing to use subterfuge just to win a case, real life personal injury lawyers know that honesty gets the best results, and that bending facts will only reduce the chances of a serious injury claim being successful.