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A settlement may help you receive compensation

After suffering serious injuries in a car accident, you likely know that you will not have the ability to work for a considerable amount of time. You undoubtedly also worry that you will not have the funds to cover the bills resulting from your necessary medical treatment. Financial worry can immensely affect your mental state while you need to focus on your recovery.

Fortunately, if the negligence of another party contributed to the injury-causing accident, you may have reason to file an insurance claim with that party's insurance company in hopes of pursuing compensation for allowable damages. If the idea of having to face an extensive trial is putting you off this idea, you may want to remember that a settlement is possible.

Settlement

Often, car accident claims come to a settlement before having to go through trial. Still, you will need to take a number of steps to reach a point where a settlement may be offered. The other party's insurance company should cover the resulting damages, but the amount of compensation you receive will vary. The company could also deny your claim. In order to bolster your claim, you will need various information, such as:

  • Treatment receipts
  • Medical records
  • Photographs
  • Witness statements
  • Medication receipts
  • Records of other medical-related costs

This information can explain why you need compensation.

Demand letter

You will also need to send a demand letter to the insurance company stating your claim. This letter will also need to include information detailing the injuries you have suffered and explaining the damages you hope the claim will allow you to recover.

Investigation

After receiving your demand letter, the insurance company will likely conduct an investigation. This step will allow them to look over your information, seek additional documentation and generally determine whether they should accept your claim. If they do accept the claim, the company will likely offer a settlement amount. However, you may want to remember that you do not have to accept the first amount offered. Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible.

Negotiation

If you do not find that the initial settlement offer satisfactory, you -- or more likely your legal counsel -- and the insurance company can negotiate until an agreeable amount is reached. If you do not believe that negotiations are having the desired results, you may want to reconsider going to trial.

Because dealing with insurance companies, legal aspects and other factors of such a case can be daunting, you may want to gain the assistance of a California attorney who can help you through the process.

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