If you were recently injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you are likely in a hurry to receive your settlement check. The period following an accident can be grueling, resulting in time away from work, tons of medical bills, and other bills piling up. At Tate Law Offices, P.C., our Dallas injury attorneys are focused on helping you obtain the maximum compensation available for your claim. Once the following steps are completed, you can expect your settlement check:
Seek Medical Treatment
One of the best ways to achieve the maximum settlement amount in a personal injury case is to seek prompt medical attention after getting in an accident. Once you are diagnosed, you can begin receiving treatment and heal from your injuries. You may be entitled to compensation for all medical expenses that are related to your injuries, including:
- Ambulance charges
- Hospital stays
- Emergency room visits
- Follow-up care
- Laboratory and imaging tests
- Physical therapy
- Medical devices or supplies
Our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers will not usually recommend that you accept a settlement in an injury case until you have reached maximum medical improvement. This is because once you agree to a personal injury payout, there is generally not an option to seek more compensation later. So, if you take an early payout and later discover you were injured more severely than you originally thought, you might have no way of recovering for the medical expenses and other losses you suffer, even if they are directly related to the accident.
Make a Claim
Most accident cases are resolved through an insurance claim. You can get the ball rolling on your settlement by making a claim with the insurance company that covers the at-fault party. Be sure to only include factual information. You do not have to give a recorded statement. If you feel uncomfortable making the claim yourself, you can ask your personal injury lawyer to do it for you.
Contact a Lawyer
A lawyer can advise you of your rights and the timeline that applies to your case. Additionally, he or she knows the investigative steps that insurance companies must take when considering your claim, as well as the tactics they might try to play to delay your claim or keep from paying you fair compensation. With an experienced Dallas injury attorney on your side, you will know your rights are at the forefront of the case.
Negotiate Your Claim
Case negotiation is one of the most important aspects of your claim. The insurance company will do everything it can to reduce or eliminate compensation to you. This is why it is vital to have a personal injury lawyer on your side who can negotiate for a fair resolution of your case. Your lawyer can advise you if an offer is too low and negotiate for a higher amount.
How Tate Law Offices Can Help
The claims process can be confusing. The Dallas injury attorneys with Tate Law Offices, P.C. are here to explain your legal rights and pursue maximum compensation for your claim. We provide you with doctor referrals, if needed. We can also help you get your car repaired or replaced and obtain a rental car. If you follow all of the steps above and the insurance company agrees to a settlement, you should have your settlement check within a few weeks of the settlement agreement date. If you would like to discuss your case further, contact Tate Law Offices, P.C. for a free consultation.
Tim received a business degree in finance from Southern Methodist University and a Juris Doctor (law degree) from South Texas College of Law. Over the last two decades Tim has represented victims of injuries day-in and day-out throughout the state of Texas as well as in numerous other states throughout America. Tim’s mission on every case is always to get the insurance company of the defendant to pay top dollar for his client’s case, which allows his clients to put the maximum amount of money into their pocket.