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8 Steps to Maximize Value of Personal Injury Settlement (Infographic)

Maximize the Value of your Personal Injury Settlement (2019)

If you’ve ever been injured by someone else, whether from a car crash, or from some other kind of negligence, you will know that recovering money for your injuries can be a long, complicated process.  North Carolina law states that when you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, you are entitled to certain “damages”, or money for your injuries. 

These include things like payment for any medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.  Making sure you are fairly and fully compensated for these damages is usually the work of a personal injury lawyer.  Whether you are settling a personal injury claim without a lawyer, or with a lawyer, here’s how to maximize your personal injury settlement.

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Burn Injuries in Personal Injury Cases

Asheville NC Personal Injury Cases – Burn Injuries

Burns are some of the more common types of injuries that we see in our law practice.  These types of injuries can be very painful and often come with other complications to your health, such as susceptibility to infection, pain management issues, and concerns about scarring and disfigurement.   Burn injuries can happen almost anywhere, but some of the more common places that people get burned include the home, school, workplace, and public places.   Individuals that have received burn injuries as a result of someone else’s negligence should consult with a reputable personal injury lawyer to see if they have a case, and what is the best course of action moving forward to make sure they’re fairly compensated.  

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Why An Insurance Adjuster Is Not Your Friend

As a personal injury law firm that deals almost exclusively with car accident cases, we have a bit of a unique perspective on insurance adjusters.    Time and time again, we’ve witnessed the various strategies and manipulations used by insurance agencies, in order to minimize their payouts on valid insurance claims.   Here in the office, we smirk a little when we see advertisements on TV and radio for the big insurers, touting slogans such as:  “Like a good neighbor”, “under our wing”, “You’re in good hands” etc… The truth about how you may be treated by them is quite different when push comes to shove.  Make no mistake, an insurance company is a business, whose goal is to make money. Insurers are in the odd position of having to elicit a client’s trust by promising to take care of them, while simultaneously serving their own bottom line needs.  Basically, they want to settle your claim as quickly and for as little as possible, and they’re not on your side.  

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with my Personal Injury Claim? (VIDEO)

As an Asheville personal injury lawyer, it is common that someone comes into my office asking if I can represent them in a minor car accident claim.   When a car accident is minor and the details are simple, I often advise the potential client that they handle the claim on their own, armed with some basic knowledge and know-how.   Occasionally, these clients return to my office down the road looking for help resolving the claim, if they are unable to reach an agreement with the insurance company or adjuster. 

When can you handle a claim by yourself?

You can attempt to settle a claim by yourself, and avoid paying your personal injury attorney the 33% fee (that most all injury lawyers charge), potentially saving you thousands of dollars.  For example, if you are able to settle your case for $10,000, you will not have to pay your attorney the $3,333 that they charge for representing you.   

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How NOT to handle your car accident claim

I’m often contacted by potential clients a few days after they’ve been involved in a car crash.  As an experienced personal injury attorney, once I get involved in a case, I talk with the insurance companies and advise my client on how best to proceed.  I always urge my clients not to discuss their case with anyone, especially insurance adjusters.  I explain what it means to have a “gap in treatment” and how that can affect your case and damage your claim.  Clients are always advised to follow up on prescribed medical treatments, follow doctors advice, and be clear and upfront with medical providers about their symptoms and issues, as these notes will end up in their medical records, and can be used to bolster a claim.  

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