When you have been injured in an accident that resulted in a personal injury case, there is a great deal of negotiations that are going to be made in order for you to receive the settlement you believe that you deserve. Trying to reach a negotiation on a settlement can be stressful and even time-consuming.
In order to minimize the amount of stress and ensure that things run more smoothly, you will want to keep these four things in mind:
1. Be Organized with Notes
When you meet with the adjuster on your case, you want to be sure that you are taking notes of everything that is said. The adjuster may talk about what should or shouldn't be done and may even talk about what dates certain things need to get done by.
By keeping note of these things, you can be sure that you are meeting these deadlines and are heading the advice that the adjuster provides you with.
2. Stay Patient with the Process
In order to reach a negotiation with your settlement, you are going to have to receive all your medical and income documents that will help the insurance adjuster to determine what amount is fair for your settlement. Receiving these documents can take some time and the insurance adjusters know this, which is why they offer a low settlement offer first.
They do this because they believe that you will be impatient enough to just want to jump at the first offer. If you are patient, however, you are more likely to receive a higher settlement offer, so try not to jump at the first.
- Be Pushy: If your adjuster is slow to come up with a settlement offer, insist that he or she provide you with a date that an offer will be made. This way when that date arrives, you can insist on a response to your claim. By being pushy, you can make the process faster and it even makes the adjuster want to get things moving, as well so that they can move on.
- Don't Overreact: Yes, you may deal with an adjuster who just doesn't seem to care about your claim. But, you have to remember that these adjusters sometimes deal with people who are not honest about their claims, which makes their jobs more difficult. If you keep calm and stick to the honest facts about your case, then you are more likely to receive a fair settlement. Your adjuster will appreciate not having to deal with any erratic and dishonest behavior.
By knowing how to handle negotiations in a personal injury case, you can be sure that the process can be dealt with much easier. This is especially true if you have a personal injury lawyer by your side helping you with the negotiations. To learn more, contact a company like Elliott & MacLean LLP.