Mistake #2: Making exaggerated demands (both asking too little … and asking too much)
Goliath was not born yesterday. He knows what personal injury, wrongful death and accident cases like yours are worth. It is very unlikely he will offer you a full and fair amount to compensate you in your personal injury, wrongful death or accident case to compensate you for compensatory damages, medical bill, future medical treatment, lost wages, loss of earnings, loss of consortium, punitive damages, pain, suffering, mental anguish, bodily injury and property damage straight out. If you ask for too little – less than what your personal injury, wrongful death or accident case is worth – Goliath will almost surely be happy to oblige (although he may even try to pressure you to take even less than that to compensate you for your bodily injury and damages). But if you ask for too much, Goliath may enjoy a little smile because you have just shown your hand: that you really do not understand the game you are playing, and thus, you are likely to be an easy opponent.
Stick to the facts and the reality of your situation. If you lie, exaggerate or otherwise try to defraud an insurance company, you can hurt the value of your personal injury, wrongful death or accident case, or even worse, get into serious legal trouble. Overselling your personal injuries is not the right way to go. Be honest and straightforward and morally upright, not just because doing so will help your case, but also because it’s the right thing to do. It can also hurt your personal injury, wrongful death or accident case to minimize the bodily injuries and damages involved And remember, if you are not sure what your case is worth, do not hesitate to say so. It is best to keep your options open rather than to go out on a whim. The bottom line, the value of your personal injury, wrongful death or accident case and you are better off with the right personal injury lawyer, wrongful death lawyer or accident lawyer leading, guiding around and protecting you from Goliath.
Aaron Gartlan is a graduate of Troy University and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law who focuses his practice exclusively on representing those injured by the wrongdoing of others. He is member of the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In addition to his legal practice, Aaron teaches Business Law as an adjunct instructor at Troy University’s Sorrell College of Business and serves as a field artillery sergeant in the Alabama National Guard.