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How Much Should I Ask For an Injury Settlement?

Many of us here in Philly follow negotiations of our sports stars, speculating about Jalen’s new contract, parsing apart Bryce’s $330 million deal. It’s true that most of us won’t be in a position to negotiate million-dollar salaries, but if you have been injured in a car accident on 76, or while shopping at the Walmart on Columbus Blvd, or while tailgating at the Linc, you may have a valid injury claim, and you’ll want an experienced lawyer on your side.

At Cousin Benny, our goal is to help you recover the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled. That amount may range from tens of thousands of dollars to millions.

If you’ve been involved in an accident in Philadelphia, contact us today for a free consultation.

How to estimate your injury settlement

1. Consult a lawyer!

This is the most important step, and there is no downside for you. You pay nothing upfront and you get a consultation from an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer.

Not only will most injury lawyers not charge you for a consultation, most work on a contingency basis, meaning they don’t get paid unless and until you receive a judgment or settlement. If you do receive a settlement or judgment, the lawyer will be paid a percentage of that amount.

Remember that in a injury claim, you won’t be dealing directly with the defendant. You’ll be dealing with an insurance company, more specifically, the experienced lawyers of the insurance company, who negotiate settlements all day every day. To have a fighting chance of getting a fair settlement, you need to even the playing field. You need someone on your side who understands all the ins and outs of injury cases and will fight for you to maximize your settlement.

2. Consider these factors.

Each injury matter is different, each has unique elements. To determine the amount of your settlement, a number of factors may be taken into consideration, including:

  • What are your injuries? How severe are they? What is the prognosis?
  • What type of medical care have you received? What kind of care will you need in the future?
  • What type and amount of insurance coverage is available?
  • Have you missed work because of your injuries? Will you be able to return to the same type of work in the future?
  • Who was responsible for the injuries? Do you share any of the responsibility?
  • Have you suffered emotional distress? How have your injuries affected your daily life and your relationships?

These are some of the elements that will be considered when calculating a settlement amount. An experienced injury lawyer knows what questions to ask to make sure your settlement will fairly compensate you for your losses.

3. Gather evidence.

For the best chance at receiving a fair settlement, you will need evidence. Examples of evidence include:

  • Photos of the scene of the accident, damaged vehicles, and anything that may have caused or contributed to the accident;
  • Records of all medical visits, treatments, tests, therapies, and medication;
  • Police report and/or incident report from the business where the injury occurred;
  • Documentation of any lost wages; and
  • Witness statements.

Don’t try to figure this out by yourself

Hiring a injury attorney is a win-win for you: you pay nothing upfront and you get an advocate to fight for you against the insurance company.

Most sports stars don’t negotiate their own contracts—neither should you. You deserve professional assistance. You deserve Cousin Benny.

Hire the Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at Cousin Benny

If you suffered an injury in an accident, contact the skilled legal team at Cousin Benny. Our injury lawyers have experience dealing with all types of accidents in Philadelphia. We know how to take on insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve. Regardless of whether you’re from South Philadelphia or Northeast Philadelphia, we can help.

Schedule a free consultation today.

Lauren F

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