Maximizing Settlements

Maximizing Settlements

Can A Personal Injury Lawyer Maximize Your Settlement? 

An experienced and highly skilled attorney can make a difference between you having to settle for less than what your personal injury case is worth and receiving a higher payout. 

Research suggests that injury victims who seek the assistance of lawyers obtain more money than those who settle on their own. The layman is unaware of some aspects of the law, which is why people with attorneys get higher settlements from the insurance company.

Insurance is a booming business. Like all businesses, the chief concern of insurance companies is maximizing profits. Insurers train adjusters to settle injury claims for the lowest amount possible and even dissuade injury victims from hiring an attorney. 

An experienced Louisiana personal injury attorney can offer you much-needed peace of mind while you concentrate on your recovery. 

Personal injury lawyers use their knowledge and training to gather and organize evidence meticulously, calculate claim value accurately, negotiate with insurance companies to maximize settlements, and go to trial if necessary. 

The right personal injury lawyer ensures that the legal rights of victims of negligent acts are protected and that they receive adequate compensation for their injuries and losses. 

Building A Strong Case

Personal injury lawyers have the extensive knowledge and experience to navigate the complex legal system. 

The quality and strength of the evidence in a personal injury claim can significantly impact the claim’s value and validity.

At Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers, our Louisiana personal injury lawyers collect necessary evidence that includes police and accident reports, medical records, witness statements, surveillance footage, expert testimonies, precedents (similar past cases), and accident scene photographs, videos, or diagrams to bolster the claim’s validity. 

The lawyers at our firm have the skills, tools, and resources to investigate your case to determine liability thoroughly. 

Proving liability serves as the foundation of your claim. Liability links your injuries to the negligent actions of the other party.

To prove liability, your lawyer will demonstrate that the defendant was obligated to a duty of care. The defendant breached the duty of care by doing something out of the ordinary that was negligent. This negligence caused an accident, resulting in injuries. 

Determining The Claim’s Value 

Injury victims may have no idea of the actual value of their cases, and so agree to the low amounts offered by insurers. An experienced attorney knows if your case is worth more than the insurance company’s offer and can negotiate to get you the settlement you deserve.

Sometimes, injuries may require further treatment or impair an injury victim’s ability to earn a livelihood in the future. Adjusters may not take these factors into account in their settlement offer. 

For most lawyers, the straightforward way to determine a personal injury claim’s value is to calculate the cost of treating injuries. To calculate a claim’s worth, these lawyers may only consider the costs of hospitalizations, surgeries, prescription medications, medical equipment, rehabilitative care, and at-home care. 

At our Louisiana personal injury law firm, our attorneys consider all the above, estimate future costs, and ensure insurers include these in the settlement. Our lawyers consider your injury’s severity, long-term effects, and interference with your life to determine the value of your claim. 

The cost of the same treatment can vary between injuries. Often, insurance companies overlook this nuance when calculating a claim’s worth. How you recover can depend on your age, underlying health conditions, and family history. 

The consequences of your injury by negligence can impact other areas of your life, including your career, dependents, mental health, and how you deal with pain and suffering. 

Besides medical treatment, our lawyers pursue reimbursement for expenses on therapy and lifestyle changes and seek damages for emotional distress, pain, and suffering. 

Negotiating For Higher Settlements

Skilled lawyers utilize specialized skills to negotiate with insurance companies. These lawyers often have to convince, pressure, or urge insurance carriers to respect victims’ rights and offer a fair settlement. At Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers, our lawyers review the insurance policy thoroughly and check the policy limits and coverage types. 

Once we have determined how much compensation you need, we will send the insurance company a demand letter – to demand as much as possible up to the policy limit. The insurance company will often go back and forth with our lawyers when negotiating a settlement.

The claim could go for mediation. During mediation, when parties present evidence and negotiate in person, the insurance company typically offers its final best settlement. 

The insurance company may even refuse to negotiate. When that happens, we know it is time to file a personal injury lawsuit to show the insurance company that we mean business.

Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers: Specialists In Client-centric Settlements

Every insurance company’s goal is almost always to pay as little on a claim as possible. Your insurer, too, will try to devalue, deny, or delay your claim. However, insurance companies are very risk-averse entities. 

The pressures of a lawsuit, the expenses of a trial, and taking on trial-hardened Louisiana personal injury lawyer Bart Bernard can make the insurance company resist going to trial and consider a higher settlement offer. 

Attorney Bernard employs his over twenty-five years of experience to weave together a persuasive narrative surrounding accidents by meticulously examining medical reports, police reports, witness statements, and expert witness testimony, among others, to champion the cause of his clients during litigation or while engaging in settlement and mediation processes. 

If you suspect the insurance company is using unethical tactics to pressure you to settle quickly for less, the Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Bart Bernard Injury Lawyers can determine the value of your case and fight for fair and just compensation. 

Contact our Louisiana personal injury law firm for a free consultation immediately. There are no upfront fees. You only pay us after we recover compensation for you and your family.

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