An injury settlement can be a long battle for getting what you deserve, even if your legal opponent has admitted some fault. Your opponent's goal is to pay as little as possible to make you satisfied. In many cases, this means tricking you into taking less money than you deserve. A few negotiation angles can help you stand firm in your demands and reach for settlement terms that are fair to you and still quite viable for your legal opponent.
Delegate Research And Outline Costs Before Signing
The confusing part about accepting or negotiating settlement terms is knowing how much your settlement should be worth. It's not just the medical bills and lost wages; there are more related and complex costs that can spin from a single injury than many people may assume on their own.
Delegate a team of professionals to research the potential costs of moving forward with an injury. A personal injury lawyer is necessary for understanding legal costs as you figure out what's fair, while a team of medical professionals can evaluate how long your injury will last and what injuries may threaten your future as a result.
A financial planner can look at your earning potential before the injury and create a financial forecast for after the injury. Beyond lost wages, you may have to pay extra for transportation, lose money from other opportunities outside of your normal job and even lose earning potential at your job because of performance.
The cost of these professionals should be part of the settlement, especially if the settlement is insultingly low. Consult a personal injury lawyer first, as your legal advice may be able to acquire the other assistance easier with more experience in the injury law field.
Negotiate For Transition Assistance
Even moderate injuries can affect your work and personal life in major ways. Whether you're unable to enjoy playing sports, work at your old pace or even maintain a job, there are costs associated with being even partially disabled that your legal adversary should be responsible for.
Depending on the injury, you may be eligible for full or partial compensation from social programs such as Social Security Disability. If you're not getting enough compensation from such programs, consider negotiating for job transition or training.
The other parties involved in the negotiations may be able to help you find a new job or enter training programs such as college enrollment. The cost can be lower than expected, especially if the other side of the settlement is able to hire a grant writer or scholarship specialist to research college tuition opportunities for you.
To map out other transition methods and plan for negotiations that your legal adversary is likely to accept, consult a personal injury lawyer from a firm like Solomon, Sherman & Gabay.