You are sitting in your car waiting for the light to turn green when you are hit from behind. After you have been hit, you may experience pain quickly or it may set in a few days afterwards. You know that you are entitled to a settlement based on the responsible party’s negligence, but you do not know what that amount might be, when you can get your settlement, and whether to continue to seek treatment or settle quickly. Because there is a lot at stake during a personal injury claim, below are a list of considerations to make from a Greenville, SC personal injury law firm.
- Do not rush into a settlement. Insurance companies want you to settle as quickly as possible. Not only are claims adjusters trying to push your claim through to their “settled” list, they know that the quicker you are willing to settle, the less treatment you will receive, and therefore less money will need to be paid out.
- Do seek treatment. Getting treatment can be difficult financially after an injury but before the settlement. However, if you feel pain or do not feel right after an accident, you must seek treatment. Not only will treatment help determine whether you have suffered an injury, but the amount of treatment you receive directly impacts your settlement. If you take a “wait and see” approach, then you might find out that you are worse shape after the settlement is executed and you will not be able to obtain any more at a later date.
- Do speak with an attorney. Personal injury settlements are higher when attorneys are involved. The increase in settlement will almost always offset the addition cost of the attorney. Moreover, personal injury attorneys are usually paid on a contingency fee basis, meaning you will not pay any fees until your claim is settled. If you or a loved one has been injured due to negligence, please contact us for a free consultation.