How to Negotiate a Car Accident Injury Settlement with 21st Century Insurance | Boulder Injury Lawyers
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21st Century Insurance provides auto insurance coverage for drivers in 48 states, including Colorado. If you have been in a car accident recently, it may be that you have come into contact with 21st Century Insurance. If this is the case, you may need to file a claim with the company in order to seek compensation for your accident-related losses.
In some, but not all cases, a settlement offer may be sufficient to cover all of your expenses. However, it is much more likely that you have sustained injuries that are too extensive to be covered by 21st Century Insurance’s initial settlement offer. Even though many people believe this is where the process ends, this is not the case. You have other rights and options in this situation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Boulder car accident lawyers.
Five Tips to Help You During the Negotiation Process
Below are five negotiation tips that may increase your personal injury settlement that auto insurance adjusters, like those at 21st Century Insurance, don’t want you to know. Claims adjusters are known to be tough negotiators, but by following these tips you may prove to be up to the task of fighting back.
1. Know your minimum settlement amount
Before discussing your claim with the insurance adjuster, figure out the minimum amount you would be willing to accept. This amount is for you only. Do not share this number with your insurance adjuster. By having this amount prepared it may help prevent you from making snap decisions.
2. Never accept the first injury settlement offer
It is well known that insurance adjusters will intentionally give out their lowest settlement offers first. This is a test to determine your confidence and knowledge of the process.
3. Demand explanation for low settlement
If the first offer is clearly too low, you should not lower your original demand. Instead ask them to justify their reasons for their initial figure. Remember these reasons as you continue on in the process.
4. NEVER reduce your settlement demand more than once
During negotiations the insurance adjuster will push you to lower your settlement amount. Never lower your figure more than once until the other party raises their own offer. If you keep lowering your amount your claim may appear weak, showing that you are not confident in your claim.
5. Be prepared
Insurance negotiations are stressful and a taxing course of action. Don’t let this discourage you, but instead come to the table prepared for what’s about to happen. Have evidence supporting your claim and reasoning for why you think you deserve your minimum settlement amount.
OUR BOULDER CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS CAN HELP
At Zinda Law Group, our Boulder car accident attorneys have helped thousands of victims get their lives back on track after suffering an injury. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you build the strongest claim possible and pursue maximum compensation for hospital bills, future medical costs, property damage, lost income, pain and suffering, and much more.
Our firm also believes an injury victim should never have to worry about being able to afford excellent legal representation. That is why we offer 100% free consultations, and why you pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
If you have been injured in a car accident, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 to receive your free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers in Boulder.
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