Getting recoveries after a personal injury accident can be a long process. From seeking medical treatment to waiting on insurance companies to review all the plaintiff’s materials and more, there’s just a lot that goes into determining a final settlement. But, this process doesn’t have to be as extensive if you know the right steps to take to speed it up.
Here are a few ways to ensure you get your settlement quickly:
See a medical professional as soon after the accident as possible.
One way to prevent a major road block in this process is to see a doctor right away, even if you’re not 100% sure you have an injury. The reason for this is because certain states (including Florida) have something called Personal Injury Protection (PIP), which is a law that requires automobile insurance carriers to cover up to 80% of medical bills (up to a max of $10,000) if, and only if, the plaintiff chooses to get medical treatment within 14 days of the incident and if his/her injuries were determined to be an emergency medical condition. If you choose not to see a doctor right away, you may be disqualified from getting the settlement money you so rightfully deserve.
Keep a solid record of all paperwork associated with your case.
Getting a fair settlement for your damages can never happen without proof. From the extent of your injuries to property damage and everything in between, it’s important to have proper documentation of all the medications, physical therapy sessions, auto repairs and other similar expenses in order to get things moving quickly.
Hire an attorney to help speed up the process.
Although it is certainly possible to handle the aftermath of your personal injury on your own, the best chance you have at receiving a proper settlement (and quick one) is by having a trusted legal team represent your case. By choosing a dedicated law firm, you can rest assured that they’ll know exactly who to speak to about each step of the process in order to get things going in the most efficient way possible.
Be patient and stay focused.
Although hiring an experienced personal injury attorney is your best bet to getting a quick settlement, it’s important to know that there are some things that might not be so instantaneous during this process. If there are legal or factual problems with your case, if it involves a large sum of money, if you haven’t yet fully improved from your medical treatment, etc.—all of these factors can slow down the process and are completely out of your control. But remember this—agreeing to a short settlement (the first settlement offer made by the defendant’s insurance company) will get you some money the fastest, but it will only be a small fraction of the total recoveries you actually deserve (and need) to get back to a state of normalcy. Insurance companies may try to delay the process initially to see if the plaintiff will back off, but a legal professional knows how to work against these manipulative tactics to help make sure things are moving at a good pace.
Find out more about how a team like The Law Firm of Cohen & Cohen can help make your case run smoothly and get resolved as quickly as possible by contacting us online or calling 1-800-33-COHEN.