Can I Increase The Value Of My Personal Injury Claim?

October 22, 2018 | By O'Connor Acciani & Levy
Can I Increase The Value Of My Personal Injury Claim?

Compensation awards for personal injury claims consider various factors that could increase the value. Knowing what information to provide to the judge or jury is crucial to obtain maximum compensation. By following certain steps, it may be possible to protect the full value of your claim. If you or your loved one sustained a personal injury in an accident, it is imperative to contact a qualified Cincinnati personal injury lawyer at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy for assistance with your case. We can explain how the value of a claim is calculated and what is necessary to increase the possible amount of compensation you may receive during a free, no obligation consultation.

Write Everything Down

When facing a personal injury, it is common to be confused and unsure of what to do. However, it is important to carefully write down everything that happened at the accident scene while it is fresh in your mind. This includes writing down how the accident occurred, the names and contact information of all parties involved and the names and contact information of any witnesses present. Also, keep track of all documentation pertaining to the damages that you suffered, such as:
  • Doctor bills
  • Loss of income from missed time at work
  • Property damage
  • Out of pocket expenses

Inform Your Doctor Of Any Pain And Follow Treatments

After an accident, seek immediate medical attention for your injuries and follow any treatment plans provided by your doctor. If you do not, the insurance adjuster may claim that your injuries were not as severe as you allege or argue that you made your injuries worse by not following doctor’s orders. It is also crucial to explain the extent of pain that you are experiencing to your doctor. He or she can corroborate every complaint of pain you are experiencing if you inform him or her during the course of your treatment. The judge or jury will be more likely to believe this information if it is clearly indicated in your medical records.

Do Not Lie Or Exaggerate Your Injuries

When a doctor is examining you, remain honest and forthcoming with all injuries and instances of pain. This helps to ensure you receive the correct treatment and medication. Your previous medical records may be discovered as part of the case, so it is important that all of your medical information matches. If current medical records contradict previous records, it could damage the possible compensation you receive.

Keep An Injury Journal Or Diary

Another way to record everything and remember each detail is through an injury journal or diary. Keep a daily record of any physical pain and suffering as well as activities you previously enjoyed doing which are now hard or impossible to do since your injury. If your case goes to trial, you may be able to use your journal to refresh your memory about certain events. Your journal is also a good place to discuss your pain, which is often difficult for the judge or jury to see after months or years after the accident has passed.

A Personal Injury Attorney Can Help

If you were injured due to another's negligence, schedule a free consultation from an experienced personal injury attorney to find out how we can help. Our legal team at O’Connor, Acciani & Levy is knowledgeable in all types of personal injury claims. We can discuss the options you may have available and ways that you can protect the value of your claim. Let us help you through the claims process to obtain the justice you deserve. We also take all cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge any upfront costs unless you recover favorable compensation.