Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney on the Settlement Value of Your Case

Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney  girl with back painOur Clearwater personal injury attorney can explain how a settlement value is determined in your personal injury case. He or she may discuss the following information with you regarding this topic.

Lawyer’s Input

Your lawyer will evaluate the facts and circumstances involved in the case. He or she will then estimate a settlement range for your case based on this information. However, the information that your attorney provides is for advice only. You ultimately have the power to decide how much money to demand from the insurance company. You may disagree with your lawyer on this topic. While you should consider the advice of your lawyer who likely has more experience in this area than you do, it is your final decision. Once you and your Clearwater personal injury attorney reach an agreement regarding this figure, your lawyer will submit a demand letter to the insurance company, hoping that it will offer a settlement within the range that you and he or she determined.

Strategies in Negotiating

Some individuals believe that the settlement figure demanded of the insurance company should be extremely higher than the expected settlement figure. They reason that the insurance company will eventually meet somewhere in the middle. However, this strategy can backfire by the insurance company refusing to negotiate with a person that it decides is unreasonable. The insurance company assumes that going through litigation will be less expensive than paying an outrageous settlement figure. Instead, your lawyer may submit a demand letter that lists a value that is somewhat higher than the anticipated settlement range. He or she will assume that the insurance company will not accept this initial offer and will ask for a settlement below this initial demand. While this demand may still be higher than your anticipated settlement range, it should be reasonable to avoid ill feelings from the insurance company. The figure should allow flexibility and negotiation room from both sides. Before your lawyer drafts the initial demand letter, you and he or she can discuss the demand amount. Your lawyer can provide you with the reasoning behind any demand amount that he or she determines. Additionally, your Clearwater personal injury attorney may discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using a demand figure that you request.

Legal Assistance from Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

If you would like more information about the potential settlement value of your case, contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney from Coleman Law Firm at (727) 461-7474 at your earliest convenience.

I Was Hit by a Car While Crossing the Street, but I Wasn’t in a Crosswalk

Were you recently hit by a car while crossing a street, but you weren’t currently in a crosswalk? You may believe that you could be at fault. However, drivers are responsible for looking out for pedestrians. Speak with your Clearwater personal injury attorney about how the driver may be liable.

Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

For more advice on your personal injury case, call our Clearwater personal injury attorney from Coleman Law Firm at (727) 461-7474.

Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Discusses the Three Stages of a Personal Injury Case

Most personal injury cases have three essential stages: investigation, negotiation, and litigation. Usually, these stages can overlap, and most cases are resolved without litigation. The following is what you can expect from your Clearwater personal injury attorney at each stage of the process.

Contact Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

For more information about the stages of your case, contact our Clearwater personal injury attorney from Coleman Law Firm at (727) 461-7474.

Personal Injury Evaluation Explained by a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer

Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer gavel stethoscope The first question you will probably have for a Clearwater personal injury lawyer about your personal injury case is “How much is my case worth?” The answer to this question depends on several factors you should discuss with your attorney. The question you are really interested in is “How much does the insurance company think my case is worth?” Most insurers make ballpark estimates for each claim they receive based on the type of injury and the basic facts involved. The claims supervisor at the insurance company usually designates a certain dollar amount as the “reserves” for you case (the outside value that they think your case is worth). If your case is particularly serious, this reserve might be equal to the maximum amount of liability set by the insurance policy of the person who caused your injuries.

Further Information Required

Keep in mind that this “reserves” amount is just an estimate. While you are recovering from your injuries, the insurer will keep track of your medical bills, lost income, and any other losses you can reasonably claim are related to the accident. They will also perform their own investigation of the case and will evaluate the strength of any witnesses and evidence presented, both by your side and by their policyholder. If you were partially responsible for the incident, that will be a factor as well. The insurance company is trying to come to an evaluation as to how much of your injuries are the result of the actions of their policyholder and how much can be attributed to other causes. Keep this in mind while you and your attorney negotiate your claim with them.

Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Lawyer

To get more help with your personal injury claim, contact a Clearwater personal injury lawyer at Coleman Law Firm. Call (727) 461-7474.

Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Explains What Your Insurer Does

Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney gavel booksIf you’ve been injured, contact The Coleman Law Firm, specialists in personal injury in Clearwater, Florida, to help you work through the insurance process. Let us help you understand the insurance claims process, so you can protect your rights.

What You Need to Do

After an injury, you should notify the party who injured you, and tell them that you intend to file an insurance claim. You should keep accurate and detailed record of how you were injured (i.e. police reports), the injuries your suffered (i.e. medical records), and your financial losses (documentation that you lost income and medical bills). If you choose, you can then write a formal demand letter to the insurance company requesting compensation based on your own investigation.

What the Insurer Will Do

When the insurance company is first notified of the claim, they will assign a claims adjuster to your file. This adjuster will conduct an investigation of the incident to determine who is at fault, find potential witnesses, examine the scene of the injury, and gather any existing reports of the incident. The adjuster may also request any medical reports from you, and information regarding your medical expenses and time off from work.

Let Our Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney Help You

Filling insurance claims can be time-consuming, and negotiating a pay out can be stressful. Our Clearwater personal injury attorney can work with the insurer to present your case in the best possible light. Most importantly, we can negotiate on your behalf to make sure you are fully compensated for your losses. Call the Coleman Law Firm at (727) 461-7474 for help today.

 

 

What Happens after You File an Insurance Claim

If you’ve been in an accident and sent in an insurance claim, you may want to know the next step after you claim is filed. The following is an overview of the common steps insurance companies will take following a claim.

Contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

For more information on the process of your insurance claim, contact a Clearwater personal injury attorney from Coleman Law Firm at (727) 461-7474.

FAQ Spine and Soft Tissue Injuries

If your Personal Injury claim includes soft-tissue or spinal injuries, you may find that it is difficult to understand some of the more technical terminology. This video is designed to facilitate discussion of such difficult terms and includes frequently asked questions about the spine and common injuries. You may find this video helpful in your claim. If you have further questions please contact a Clearwater Personal Injury Attorney

 

11 Questions an Attorney May Ask before Accepting Your Personal Injury Case

Before a Clearwater personal injury lawyer decides to take your case, he or she will ask you many questions regarding the accident, your injuries and your background. You can prepare for your initial interview with your Clearwater personal injury lawyer by reviewing these 11 questions before the meeting. Think through the answers to the following questions.