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What Increases Ohio Car Accident Settlements?

Evidence and aggressive negotiations can lead to more compensation

After a crash, seriously injured victims are often under a lot of pressure to get a big car accident settlement. The stakes are high. You only get one shot at compensation. Accepting a lowball settlement means the money could run out long before you’re healed.

That’s why when the insurance company comes back with a settlement worth a lot less than you were expecting, it can feel devastating.

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    The Ohio car accident attorneys at Gervelis Law Firm stand up to the insurance companies while crash victims focus on healing. We do not accept lowball settlements. We have recovered millions of dollars for injured Ohio car accident victims. Our team would rather spend more of our own time and resources investigating your accident than accept less than your claim is worth.

    Were you rear-ended in Toledo? Hit head-on by a semi-truck in Columbus?

    If you were injured or a loved one died in an Ohio car accident, you probably have a lot of questions. Get answers you can trust. Contact Gervelis Law Firm for a free case consultation.

    Having an experienced Ohio car accident attorney by your side is a straightforward path to collect maximum injury compensation. Read on to learn more about what increases Ohio car accident settlements and compensation.

    What does a car accident settlement pay for?

    Before you understand how to get more money from the insurance company, you must know what is covered in an accident settlement. In general, car accident settlements compensate victims for economic and non-economic damage. Economic damages are for losses with objectively measurable costs, like medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages are for things that are more difficult to put a value on, like pain and suffering and loss of guidance or companionship.

    Depending on the circumstances, car accident compensation may include:

    • Medical expenses.
    • Vehicle repairs.
    • Long- and short-term disabilities.
    • Rehabilitation and physical therapy.
    • Pain and suffering.
    • Lost wages and decreased earning potential.

    Insurance companies often try to get out of paying the full amount of what they owe crash victims. To justify a small settlement, an adjuster might claim that the medical treatment you need is "not necessary” or greatly undervalue your household contributions. Gervelis Law Firm understands what it takes to heal and live a comfortable life after a car accident. That’s why we are relentless in our fight for maximum injury compensation.

    What injury and crash factors increase an accident settlement?

    Key evidence in car accident cases graphicIn general, the more severe your injuries are, the more compensation you receive. That's why someone who has suffered brain damage, for example, will usually collect more than someone with a bone fracture.

    Factors that help determine the size of your settlement include:

    • Injury type and severity.
    • Pain.
    • Past, current, and future medical and rehabilitative treatment expenses.
    • Ohio’s comparative negligence standard. A driver’s share of fault for causing the accident, if any, reduces compensation. For example, if a victim’s actions caused 10 percent of a crash, their compensation will be reduced by 10 percent.
    • At-fault driver’s car insurance. Your claim settlement is often limited to the amount of car accident insurance the at-fault driver has purchased. If your injury expenses exceed this amount, an experienced car accident attorney may be able to help you take other types of legal action to collect damages.
    • Negotiating skills. The insurance adjuster you’re dealing with has company lawyers they consult. When it’s time to negotiate your settlement, don’t be the only one at the table without an attorney. A strong, experienced car accident attorney by your side can make a case for the maximum compensation that the insurance company cannot ignore.

    Gervelis Law Firm calculates car accident compensation packages that place the highest value on your pain, injuries, losses, and comfort. Our aggressive negotiating techniques have helped countless accident victims get maximum results. We cannot be intimidated. If an insurance company won’t make you a substantial settlement offer, we prepare to take them to court.

    How do I maximize my insurance claim and ask for more money from the insurance company?

    We’ll be frank: To get the maximum car accident settlement, you typically need a lot of evidence and an experienced lawyer.

    The more evidence you have in support of your case, the harder it is for the insurance company to deny your demands. An accomplished and respected attorney can leverage their well-developed legal skills and negotiating techniques to your advantage. They can keep your claim moving forward while you focus on healing.

    Your attorney can collect evidence for you. Our Ohio car accident lawyers will go the distance to collect evidence and consult experts to support your claim. Gervelis Law Firm has a unique Rapid Investigation Team that we deploy to analyze crash sites within the first 24 hours. These investigators are professionals. They turn up evidence others might miss.

    We’ll do a lot of the work, but you can gather evidence to help your claim, too. Keep all records related to your crash including medical bills, pharmacy receipts, invoices, replacement service charges, letters, and other communications. You should also keep a personal record of how your injuries affect your everyday life. Did your injuries prevent you from cooking meals? Did getting dressed cause your pain to spike? Record it along with the day and time. Your own story can be powerful evidence for a bigger settlement.

    Get the maximum car accident compensation you deserve

    Getting the most out of your car insurance claim is not materialistic. It’s smart. If you leave money on the table, you and your family risk paying for future crash-related medical bills out of pocket.

    When your future is on the line, you need an experienced attorney with a winning track record in your community and throughout Ohio. Gervelis Law Firm has the knowledge and experience necessary to get the results you deserve.

    If you were injured or a loved one died in an Ohio car accident, contact us for a free case consultation. A member of our team can answer your crash-related legal questions, estimate the value of your claim, and help weigh your options. Don't delay. A statute of limitations applies to car accidents and wrongful deaths. Get in touch today.