How to Get the Highest Personal Injury Settlement Possible
If you or a loved one was injured and suffered damage as a result of someone else’s negligence or recklessness, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against them to recover.
Florida Personal Injury Claims
The key to prevailing in a Florida personal injury claim is being able to establish that the harm suffered was a direct result of the negligence. If this can be established, Florida law allows the injured party to recover all monetary damages that were suffered as a result of this negligence. This includes any medical bills, the cost of treatment and medication, lost wages if you were unable to work as a result of the injury, as well as any other expenses incurred due to the harm. Additional recovery may be available for pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical impairment. An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer will be able to help you determine exactly what you’re entitled to and how to seek recovery for it.
Maximizing Your Settlement
There are a number of things you can do to ensure that you get the highest settlement possible to compensate you for the harm you’ve suffered. While it’s generally a very stressful and chaotic time when you’ve just been injured, it’s important to start thinking ahead.
- Document everything. If you are in a car accident, take pictures of the cars and all damage on your phone. It’s also a good idea to collect contact information and/or statements from anyone nearby who may have witnessed the accident. In a medical malpractice case, or other injury setting, documentation is just as important. Keep records whenever possible, and if you’ve asked your doctor a question multiple times or pointed out something concerning, start noting the dates you’ve had these conversations as well as the physician’s responses.
- Safeguard your evidence. It happens far more often than you’d think that someone drops or loses their phone that contained all the photo evidence for their claim. It’s a good idea to back your photos up to the Cloud, as well as to create a Google Drive folder for all evidence related to your claim. This ensures that all of your evidence is in one place and exists safely regardless of what happens to your phone or computer.
- Seek medical assistance ASAP. After an accident, it’s important to seek medical assistance as quickly as possible. If you’re in an accident, it’s advisable to go straight to the emergency room to make sure you are alright or to get treatment for your injuries as quickly as possible. Florida law only gives injured parties 14 days to seek medical treatment following an accident or their insurance claims will be denied. Additionally, waiting to seek medical treatment gives the impression that your injuries were not serious or were not causing you pain or interfering with your life. These factors can all be used to minimize or reduce your settlement.
- Contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact a Florida Personal Injury Lawyer
When you or a loved one has been harmed it can be an incredibly stressful and difficult time, both emotionally and financially. It can be hard to think clearly, and even harder to get an accurate understanding of what your rights and options are. A Florida personal injury lawyer can review the facts and circumstances of your case and determine the best way to seek justice and financial retribution for your suffering. When it comes to personal injury claims, the sooner you retain a lawyer, the better. The attorneys at Roman & Roman have over 100 years of combined experience, and, with offices in Clearwater, Hudson, and Tampa, you can trust that they know Florida law and are ready to fight for your rights. Call 877-767-1032 to schedule your free consultation today.