Getting the most out of your Arizona personal injury claim
It is almost impossible to put a true dollar value on an injury. Of course, your medical bills should be paid, along with lost income and other expenses. But sometimes this amount is rather small compared to lasting impact your injury will have on you, whether it be physically or emotionally.
Do not settle quickly or by using a personal injury calculatorOnce you submit your claim, insurance adjusters will do their best to get the claim resolved quickly and cheaply. Attorneys, especially large scale injury firms, will often evaluate your claim by looking at the amount of your medical bills, draft a quick demand and hope for the best. There is an art to creating personal injury demands that will often times result in much larger and substantial settlements, without the need for or headache of litigation.
Record EverythingWhile you may be in shock from the car accident, dog bite or other injury; it is extremely important to document everything. Take pictures of the injury, the locations, the vehicles involved, everything. Additionally, you should create a log, whether it be written or video. The log will help you recall the series of events that led to the injury, how the injury occurred and will also document your recovery. Often times small details regarding limitations created on the job, at home or with family, will make a huge difference in describing how even a minor injury has a serious and lasting effect. Make sure you log the date and time, what was done that day and how the injury limited you.
Personal Injuries are PersonalOften times, larger personal injury firms become numb to the numerous injury claims they handle. They forget that your injury is something that you take personally. While they deal with injuries all day long, it is not a daily occurrence for you. It is important to find an attorney that is willing to invest the time and energy to understanding how you and your injury are unique. This personal approach will a long way when the attorney communicates with the insurance adjuster evaluating your claim. An understanding and conscientious attorney will communicate in your best interest and will help the insurance adjuster empathize with your situation.
Letter Demands are IneffectiveInsurance adjusters receive hundreds of letter demands for money. Imagine how bored these people get. While an attorney letterhead may help you to some degree, this doesn*t change the fact that the adjuster is reviewing page after page of boring documents all day long. Be creative and find a visual way to present your case. Now that you have taken pictures and videos, incorporate those into your demand and tell a story. There are several ways to do this, including videos, powerpoints, infographics, etc. The best attorneys are excellent story tellers and with visuals to get the adjuster to know you, your injury and your claim, you will get the best recovery possible.