Personal Injury Lawyer
Imagine you and your friends decide to go on a camping trip. You have all been hiking in the hot sun all day and it is finally time to go back to the campsite. You all return to discover that someone has stolen all of your food. Everyone is extremely hungry, so you all decide to fish for your dinner. Despite all of the bad fish you reel in, you toss them back until you find a fish that can satisfy you and your friends’ hunger. Now imagine that fish is a settlement in a personal injury claim you or your loved ones have pursued. After days, weeks, months or even years of pain and suffering you finally receive a settlement offer from an insurance company, but it is the small fish that will not satisfy your hunger or even feed your family. You are completely able to throw the offer back into the water and reach for more. Insurance adjusters will make their first offer to you but this is the first, not the final. If their insured is liable, insurance companies with make an offer but likely lowball you, in an attempt to quickly settle the claim. When you reject this offer, you can then present the insurance company with your demand. This is not a downright demand for a specific amount, but this is when you and the attorney draft up the details of your accident, injuries, and include any financial obligations you now have due to the accident. Sometimes, it will even include the dollar amount that you are demanding. There is a stage of negotiations that will occur between you, your attorney, and the insurance adjuster. During this time, you and your legal team will fight for what you ultimately deserve, based on what is available to you. The severity of your motor vehicle accident and the injuries sustained will ultimately determine how long this may go. But you do not have to do it alone.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a motor vehicle accident and feel like the insurance company is lowballing you, do not accept just anything they offer to you in an attempt to settle. There are bigger fish out there, speak with a skilled personal injury attorney Dekalb County, GA relies on that understands the power or negotiations and can review the details of your case and fight for you.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at Andrew R. Lynch, P.C. for their insight into personal injury cases and negotiating tactics.