Will you get a fair personal injury settlement offer from the defendant? Learn how to know if you should take the offer you get in this post.
Did you know the world’s largest lawsuit was just filed?
Anton Purisima, 62, is suing a long list of defendants, including the City of New York and LaGuardia Airport, for what started with a dog biting his middle finger and evolved into a slew of other civil rights violations.
Guess how much he wants?
Two undecillion dollars. That’s a 2 with 36 zeros after it. It’s currently more money than exists on the entire planet!
Purisima does not have a personal injury lawyer and has chosen to represent himself. As you might guess, he likely has some mental health issues and isn’t expected to win the claim.
His story clearly doesn’t come anything close to fair. But you’re not like Mr. Purisima, and most injury victims aren’t.
You simply want fair compensation for your injuries, not mega-millions (unless that’s what you should get).
And to top it off, some large injury law firms might slam you through their process as fast as possible, sometimes settling for far less than your case is worth. They often do it to maximize their own profit margins.
So how do you know if you should accept the dollar amount your personal injury lawyer recommends?
- It Should Cover Past, Present, and Future Medical Expenses
Wages lost and your ability to work can be debated. But, your medical expenses cannot. You will have to pay them. Your treatment providers will not take a rain check on your payment.
So, your past, present, and future medical expenses, as best as they can be calculated, should be completely covered.
- It Should Include “Out of Pocket” Expenses Arising From Your Injury Accident
This one’s challenging, no doubt. To the best of your ability, make sure you maintain all the bills related to your injury accident. Your settlement amount should cover them all.
- Your Attorney Isn’t Afraid to Go to Court if Necessary
While we avoid going to court whenever possible, because it saves everyone time and money, our lawyers prepare as if they are going to court. When you present yourself that way to the insurance company or defending attorney, it shows you’re serious about getting a fair settlement. And they’ll be more willing to negotiate in good faith as a result.
- The Best Way to Know You’re Getting a Fair Personal Injury Settlement…
Really, the best way to know that you will get the compensation you deserve is by hiring a personal injury attorney you feel comfortable with and are confident in. Avoid attorneys that use high-pressure sales tactics to get you to sign on. Hire personal injury lawyers that absolutely do care about you personally, and don’t want to pressure you into a relationship you don’t feel comfortable with.
So if you don’t find the right one on your first try, don’t be discouraged. Keep looking until you find the personal injury lawyer that’s a comfortable fit for you.