Settle that Personal Injury Claim

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Personal injury is something no one really wishes for or enjoys being involved in so learn how to settle that personal injury claim. Where there is a liability covered by insurance to be paid to the claimant (a personal injury victim), who in most cases is innocent, such claims should be met. In cases like this, it is important that the individual who chooses to pursue this claims, whether by using a personal injury attorney or by themselves, understand the law as is applicable to the case and the available remedies as well as how to submit a demand.
All the states have provisions in the law for the party who is at fault to make some compensation for damages incurred. Where the injured has incurred financial expenses, such sums are fully reimbursed to the claimant. This is usually called out of pocket expenses and can include travel cost, damages to property and related cost of medication. Where the injured party has lost wages from work due to the injury, such wages are also recovered. Other intangibles like subjective damages of a reasonable amount for pain, and suffering (physical and psychological) and loss of enjoyment of life are also taken into consideration.
An individual, who chooses to pursue a claim without an attorney, will have to do the work of documenting the said losses involved accurately. To go forward with a settlement demand then the injured party will have to have medical records and copies of itemized medical bills and prescription drug charges. The doctor's records should reflect specifics of the injury and a causal connection to the incident that was caused by the at fault party, and the doctor's final prognosis. The prognosis is important as loses should take care of future damages that may not necessarily manifest at the time of injury and filing of claims.
The injured party should also recover for lost wages resulting from time away from work due to dealing with the accident at issue. The doctor´s report must address the claimant´s inability to work for a certain duration which will cover the time of hospitalization and recuperation as long as it is attributed to the injury. And, corresponding written documentation needs to be supplied by the claimant's employer documenting the lost time while away in hospital as well as the estimated amount of wages lost by the claimant.
Once the full extent of their injuries related to the act of the at fault party's negligence is established, the demand package has to be prepared and handed over to the liability insurance carrier providing written documentation for all out of pocket damages and a reasonable demand for pain and suffering, which depending on the injury could be 2 to 10 times the actual out of pocket expenses.
An adjuster will be assigned to the claim and will make contact with the injured claimant requesting a statement and copies of all documents related to the claimant´s losses. And ultimately, the final demand package with the related documents is provided to the adjuster, who will negotiate with the claimant to arrive at a fair and reasonable final settlement, to be documented in a executed release signed by the claimant.
However, it is wise to use a legal assistance especially if it is a major injury claim as, the at fault party may not want to settle without a fight.
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This article was published on 2010/09/22