Following a car accident, you will be left with a few injuries and a lot of medical bills. Your life will seem more complicated than ever before, and you will feel depressed, afraid and confused. At the same time, your bills will keep piling up.
Luckily, there is a solution. If you believe that the accident was caused by the other party’s negligence, you may have a claim in hand. To find out for sure, speak with Car Accident Attorneys in Philadelphia and receive a free case evaluation. If they tell you that you have, you should consider hiring professional legal help and representation.
After filing a claim, you will be able to obtain compensation for your:
- Medical bills
- Lost income and the loss of earning potential
- Property damage and repair
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
Most of these damages can be calculated easily. However, pain and suffering is something that cannot be calculated easily. It is something that requires a lot of work and a lot of time. Here is how you should negotiate pain and suffering in an auto accident claim.
Gather Your Medical Bills
You can start by gathering all your bills together. You will have a clear picture of the total damage that you have sustained and will be able to prove that since the injury, you have been feeling constant pain (both physical and mental anguish). Once you have the total amount of your medical bills, the general rule is that you can ask for two to five times the amount of your medical bills for your pain and suffering. However, that is not always easy as most adjusters will try to lower that amount to the lowest one possible. You will face professionals negotiators who know exactly how to make you accept their offer. Without an attorney to represent you or protect your best interest, you will most likely end up accepting an offer that is nowhere near what you should really receive.
The safest thing to do is to hire a legal professional and let them take care of the negotiations. That way, you will not have to endure the pressure of being faced with the insurance adjusters and will have enough free time to focus on your complete recovery. If you do not have an attorney in mind, be sure to contact one of our Philadelphia Car Accident Attorneys as soon as you are able to, and to schedule a free initial consultation to determine your eligibility to file a claim.
Once you have our attorney by your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands and that our attorneys will do everything in their power to help negotiate the highest settlement and protect your legal rights as best as possible.
Do not hesitate to go to court if the insurance company does not want to settle. Sometimes, they may try and use scare tactics to pressure you from going to court and accepting a lesser settlement. If your attorney advises you to go to court, be prepared for an exhausting trial, one which will most likely end up in you getting what you want.