When a person is injured in a car accident, they are often worried about how to pay their medical bills. Their injuries may have made them unable to work or caused lifelong disabilities. In Florida, PIP coverage only goes so far, but it does allow for a quick settlement or payment to help injured people recover faster. However, when the injuries lead to losses that go above the PIP insurance coverage, they may often have to file a personal injury lawsuit to be compensated.
The Urban Twist reports on how to maximize a personal injury settlement.
In a personal injury trial, the burden of proof to show that losses have been incurred is on the person filing the lawsuit. Consequently, it is essential that the victim begin preserving evidence as soon as possible after the accident by taking pictures of the damage to the damaged vehicle or defective product. Request copies of surveillance footage that may exist and get the names and contact information of any witnesses. Don’t forget to take pictures of all injuries suffered.
One significant factor for a settlement in a personal injury case involves injury documentation. Visit an emergency room or a primary care doctor immediately after the accident. Request medical documentation of your injuries and follow your doctor’s treatment plan to the letter. This includes getting any testing, treatment, or any doctor-recommended therapy.
While it may be tempting to make posts on social media showcasing your injuries, such posts have been known to reduce settlement amounts in the past. Even a seemingly ordinary post such as you enjoying a dinner out or shopping can be used by the defense against you in court. Florida allows for social media posts to be used as evidence in the courtroom.
The best you can do to maximize your settlement is to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. Be sure to ask the attorney questions and look into their track record of success. Hiring an attorney with experience related to your injury is key to getting the settlement that you want.