Need help with your personal injury claim?

The thoughts of pursuing a personal injury claim without the help of a good lawyer can be daunting. But if your claim is a minor one, you can often successfully negotiate with insurance companies on your own. And at least this way you won't have to hand over a big slice of your payment if your claim is approved.

The most important thing to do if you're pursuing a personal claim on your own is to make sure that you have all the relevant documents. Site photographs, police record copies, medical records and bills, statements and comments of eyewitnesses and their contact details are all critical to successful personal injury claims, so make sure you know where they are and keep them safe.

To get a good understanding of how much your claim is worth you're going to have to get stuck into some research. Use the internet to evaluate previous personal injury claims that were similar to yours. This will give you a good indication of the payment you can expect in a successful claim.

Many people are not comfortable negotiating with insurance companies face-to-face or over the phone. If you fall into this group you can conduct all your negotiations through writing. This is also a great way of keeping records of the claim and it eliminates the chance of saying something careless when emotions are running high.

One of the most important things to remember is that if your case is genuine the insurance company will want to settle before it goes to court. This gives you a big advantage in the negotiations and don't be afraid to use it to maximise your claim.

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