The best way to increase your car accident settlement is to have a solid understanding of the value of your case. This requires identifying all accident-related expenses and losses, putting a price on future and noneconomic damages, and calculating the value of your claim as a whole. This can be difficult to do on your own. Enlisting the help of a Pittsburgh car accident attorney can make things much easier.
At Berger and Green, we always recommend discussing your car accident claim with one of our personal injury lawyers before moving forward and accepting a settlement offer. We can help you understand the damages you may be overlooking and gather evidence to prove your full range of damages.
Identify Your Full Range of Accident-Related Damages
The biggest key to maximizing your car accident settlement is understanding the range of damages you experienced and putting an accurate value on them. This includes both past and future damages and could include both economic and noneconomic damages.
All Pennsylvania car accident victims can hold the at-fault driver liable for their economic damages—their actual expenses and possible future expenses—related to the accident. Our team can help you identify your economic expenses and document their value. This may include:
- Past and future medical care
- Ongoing care costs
- Past and future lost wages and benefits
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Repair or replacement of other personal property
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to the accident
In addition to collecting bills and receipts, we may need to take additional steps to put a price on your future lost wages and possible medical needs, if this applies in your case. We can call in medical experts, economists, and others to help us understand these costs.
Only once we calculate this value will we know what a fair payout might look like. If you are considering accepting a car accident settlement from the insurance company without going through this process, you could be leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed.
Pursue Noneconomic Damages When Possible
Under PA Code Title 75 (Chapter 17), some drivers can pursue noneconomic damages while others are barred from doing so. Noneconomic damages include those that do not directly cost you money, but that you suffer nonetheless. They include pain and suffering, physical pain, and mental anguish.
Those who can pursue this type of damages fall into one of three categories:
- They opted for full tort insurance coverage
- They suffered injuries serious enough to meet certain criteria
- They met another exception to the limited tort rules
We can often identify exceptions to the limited tort rules or prove that a client met the serious injury threshold when the client did not believe they were eligible for pain and suffering damages. This is another reason why we recommend a free consultation with a member of our team before signing anything from the insurance company.
If you qualify to pursue noneconomic damages, it could double your car accident settlement or increase it even more. Do not overlook the possibility of pursuing pain and suffering damages.
We Know How to Negotiate With Insurance Companies
At Berger and Green, our team knows how insurance companies work. Never accept an early offer promising to close your case quickly. Their first offer is never their final offer, and we can generally negotiate a fair settlement out of court for most of our clients. We know the most effective negotiation tactics to increase your car accident settlement and will fight for the payout you deserve.
Our founding partner Laurence B. Green has more than 40 years of experience helping car accident victims negotiate insurance claim settlement agreements or fight for the compensation they deserve at trial. If you suffered injuries in Pittsburgh or a nearby area, Berger and Green can help. We will handle your case for you, and you pay nothing unless we get a recovery on your behalf.