Settlements are often one of the most frustrating hair-pulling moments in a person’s life. It’s a back and forth that often feels like it’s taking forever. However, it’s these small but significant decisions that can determine the overall outcome of your settlement. Are you going to get the standard amount, or are you going to be receiving a fair share? The following list entails some of the best ways to get the most out of your settlement.
Often times plaintiffs believe that they can only claim one type of injury with one end payment result, but that as we’re going to see that cannot be further from the truth. Through the counsel of your attorney, one can begin to list the true valuation of your claim by listing the various types of injuries you have received. These can include compensation for loss-wages and loss of body mobility.
Stay off Social Media
Unfortunately, many believe that what they post on social media isn’t the same as a written statement at court. The fact is that what you write or share on social media can have a great impact on your case. Even if you are not faking your injuries, any form of a written statement on these platforms can really turn the settlement against you. We highly recommend that you allow your attorney to do the talking and any other forms of statements on your behalf.
Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate
Settlements are not the best time, for anyone involved. Understandably, people want to simply sign on the dotted line, receive their money, and get it over with. The fact is that the defendants know this and will attempt to take advantage of it. They will no doubt present a low offer to test the waters. If you are sure they’re trying to take advantage of you, don’t be afraid to reject a low settlement offer. You can combat this by doing a few things; know what a bad offer looks like and never be afraid to negotiate for a better settlement. You could counteroffer for a bit lower than your asking price; this will show the opposition that you’re willing to play fair. Lastly, stick to the hard facts and the main points. Listing out every single issue to show why you deserve more will not change their minds.
When issues such as this arise in your life, it is always recommended that you counsel with an attorney first. Adhering to the tips listed above is also a great way of gaining the best possible settlement for you and your family.
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