If you have been in a car accident and the insurance has offered you a settlement, it is important to discuss your situation with an experienced personal injury lawyer before agreeing to anything. More often than not, insurance companies do not want to pay out as much as you actually deserve.
As experienced car accident attorneys, we at Rivas Law Group would advise you to settle if the amount is comparable to what you are expecting. If not, we are here to help you negotiate for fair compensation for current and future medical bills, lost wages and more.
Negotiating A Car Accident Settlement
You do not have to accept the claims adjuster’s initial offer. There is always room for negotiation. Car insurance adjusters typically have a certain range in which they can negotiate, and they will start at the lower end of the scale when offering you compensation for your damages. Even if you feel what they are offering you is a lot of money, don’t just accept the first offer they are throwing at you!
Take some time to review the offer and ask your attorney for assistance. Before you accept, it’s important to make sure you understand what your car accident claim is actually worth.
Add up all medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses related to your injuries. This includes but is not limited to:
- Driving expenses to doctor’s appointments
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medication
In cases of severe injuries, lifelong medical treatment may be required. You may not be able to return to your former job, or may be out of work entirely for a long recovery. Your life and your family can be dramatically affected by your accident, and any insurance claim settlement offer should take these factors and more into consideration.
The best recommendation we can make is to take your time in coming to a settlement. Being patient and persistent may ultimately result in a higher settlement amount that will compensate for ALL your damages.
Get Help With Your Car Accident Settlement Today
Rivas Law Group has offices in Lakeland, Winter Haven and Lutz. Our experienced Lutz car accident attorneys have helped many clients in these and surrounding areas to achieve the maximum possible compensation for all types of auto accidents.
At Rivas Law Group, we handle personal injury claims on a contingency basis. This means that you don’t pay anything up front, and we don’t collect a fee until we have recovered compensation on your behalf.
If you’ve been injured in a car, truck, motorcycle or other vehicle accident, call us today at (877) 299-5539 and schedule a free consultation!