File Your Lawsuit Right Away
To improve your odds of a fair settlement for your car accident claim, have legal counsel on your side. Insurance companies expect accident victims to work alone, so to get the money you deserve, it is crucial that you find a lawyer and file a lawsuit as soon as possible. This is one of the secrets to settling your car accident injury claim.
Once you file an accident claim, insurance companies employ a variety of tactics to get you to settle. They’ll stall, offer you insultingly low settlements or claim that you’re lying. They’ll put the pressure on you to settle quickly because they’ll make it sound like you have a weak claim. Don’t let this happen. Instead, you can put the pressure on the insurance company by filing a lawsuit. But you can’t wait too long. Under Nevada law, you have just two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Once you go past that deadline, you are barred from any recovery. Therefore, the sooner you act, the better.
Another reason why you want to act quickly is that it will make your claim more valid. The longer you wait, the more difficult it will be to determine which damages were caused by the accident.
Calculate Your Damages
Before you can file a lawsuit, you need to get an idea of how much your case is worth. Consider all economic and non-economic damages. The insurance company typically will not award you any compensation for non-economic damages. Therefore, if you suffered a significant amount of non-economic damages, you should consider suing the liable party.
Once you get an idea of the damages you suffered, you’ll be better able to negotiate with the insurance company and obtain the compensation you deserve.
Insurance Companies Want to Take Their Time
Insurance companies are in no hurry to pay your claim. They want to stall for as long as possible in hopes that you will get frustrated and give up.
The only reason why an insurance company would want to settle quickly is if they can settle your case for a very low amount or if they see a court date in the future. You don’t want the insurance company to settle for a low amount, so put the pressure on by hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit.
A lawsuit takes the pressure off you. It shows the insurance company that you are serious about settling your claim. It shows that you are not settling or willing to accept a low offer. You know the value of your claim and are willing to go to court to defend your legal rights to compensation.
Settling Versus Going to Court
Insurance companies do not want to go to court. It’s too costly and time-consuming. Therefore, they’ll be looking to settle outside of court. The insurance adjuster will take your case more seriously and be more likely to negotiate with you.
After a car accident, get the medical treatment you need and work quickly to file a lawsuit.
Read about the other secrets:
- Conduct a complete investigation.
- Get photographs of all important elements in your case.
- Don’t release your medical records to the other party’s insurance company.
- Get the insurance company to set up a high reserve account.
- Keep the adjuster informed about the seriousness of your injuries.
- Don’t let the insurance adjuster pressure you into settling your case.
- Keep a day-by-day diary of your injuries.
- Know all your damages.
- Keep all bills and receipts related to your accident.
- Know all your injuries.
- Know your sources for insurance coverage.
- Stay under your doctor’s care until your doctor releases you.
- File your lawsuit right away.
- Ask a qualified trial lawyer to evaluate your case.
- If you decide to hire a lawyer, choose a trial attorney who isn’t afraid to go to court.