How to Maximize Your Bodily Injury Award Recovery

Steps to Maximizing

After you have been injured and have made the decision to pursue a bodily injury claim for damages, the actions that you take post-injury can dramatically affect your ultimate recovery award. It is important to be mindful of the following steps, which can help you maximize the amount offered by the opposing party to settle the claim.

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Preserve Evidence

First, preserve any evidence that you may have relating to the injury and the alleged negligence of the opposing party. For example, this can be photos or video of a motor vehicle collision, photos of an unsafe condition that caused you to slip and fall, photos of your injuries, and retaining the clothes and shoes you were wearing during the incident.

Document How You Feel

It will also be important to document the pain and suffering that you have endured as a result of the incident. We often advise our clients to keep a journal of their recovery, documenting any pain or discomfort experienced and any expenses they have paid out-of-pocket. This documentation will become essential when later negotiating for compensation.

Still Get Medical Help But Track The Costs

When you have suffered an injury and are seeking bodily injury recovery, it is vital that you obtain all required medical treatment. Medical and psychiatric treatment are the most important factors influencing the settlement award that will ultimately be offered by the opposing party.

You may also be entitled to lost wages that you have suffered as a result of the incident. Thus, keeping an accurate account of your loss of wages will be necessary when seeking reimbursement.

In order to maximize recovery, do not delay in seeking necessary medical treatment post-injury and seek to provide your demand to the opposing party as soon as your medical treatment has concluded (remember, you can always include an estimate of the future damages you are likely to incur in the demand). It is important to make sure that the opposing party has a thorough understanding of your total damages in order to be offered the most complete and accurate settlement award. And remember, this is a negotiation, thus, it takes time to reach a settlement that fully compensates you for your injuries, pain and suffering, and any other out-of-pocket expenses that you have incurred.

If you need assistance with seeking a bodily injury claim or you have any questions, please our office at 626-577-7700.


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