Responding to a Low Personal Injury Settlement Offer
So you’ve been injured – which means that you have sustained damages and may be looking for compensation. When you file your claim with the help of your attorney, you may be expecting a great offer that will help you deal with the medical bills and keep you sustained until you return to work. However, this is not always the case. You may be surprised if you received a low personal injury settlement offer and wonder what you can do about it. We will walk you through what should be done when you receive your offer and what choices you have.
How to Respond
Your personal injury attorney will help you respond to a low settlement offer. In many situations, the victim of an accident may respond by firing back an emotional response without really thinking. You should always plan on the initial offer being low because it is only the beginning for negotiation purposes. This is why an experienced attorney will always tell you to never accept the initial offer, as it will not totally compensate you in many cases.
Before you respond, you may take some time to have some questions answered. Through these questions, you may learn the reason why the offer was so low and then you can address these issues when a counteroffer is made. You should take the time to gather documents and evidence of your injuries to make the company aware of your injuries in your time of need. Without medical documentation, you see, an insurance company is likely to reject an offer until they are provided with it.
Counteroffers may go back in forth for quite some time. This is why it is important to speak to an attorney who has experience with previous dealings in these types of cases. Everything you do should be in writing, from the very beginning down to the final agreement. Handle your claim with an attorney who has experience in these cases by calling us today at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi.