How A Demand Letter Can Help You Get A Personal Injury Settlement In West Palm Beach
According to official federal data cited by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 40 million people go to the emergency room for injuries each year. If you were hurt in an accident that was the fault of another party—motorist, truck company, property owner, business, etc—you have the right to seek compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, getting a full and fair personal injury settlement can be challenging. A demand letter is one of the most important legal tools that you have to start the process and move your case towards settlement. Here, our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys provide a guide to demand letters and personal injury claims in Florida.
What is a Demand Letter? (Personal Injury Case)
Simply stated, a demand letter is a formal request (demand) for compensation. It is a document that is sent to a defendant and its insurance company. In a personal injury, a demand letter typically provides an overview of the legal matter, explains why the recipient is liable, and includes a clear statement of what needs to be done and how much compensation must be paid to resolve the claim.
A Demand Letter is a Crucial Step in a Florida Personal Injury Claim
Whether you are taking legal action for a car accident, a truck accident, a slip and fall, or any other type of personal injury case, a professionally drafted demand letter is a key part of the process. A demand letter serves as both official notice and a formal request for compensation. Not only will a well-drafted personal injury demand letter ensure that you satisfy all pre-litigation legal requirements, it can also do a lot to move your claim towards a settlement.
The Elements of a Strong Personal Injury Demand Letter
You do not want to send a defendant or insurance company a sloppy, misleading, or otherwise poorly drafted demand letter. Doing so could actually undermine your legal case. A strong personal injury demand letter should include several key elements to effectively communicate the details of the incident and the compensation being sought, including:
- A concise accurate overview of the accident;
- A clear explanation of the recipient’s liability;
- A comprehensive account of the damages, economic and non-economic;
- A specific demand for financial compensation to settle the case;
- An emphasis that you reserve your right to take legal action if not settled; and
- A reasonable deadline for a response from the defendant and/or insurance company.
Set Up a Free Consultation With a Top West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyer Today
At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys fight to help victims and families secure justice and the maximum financial support. If you have any questions about drafting a demand letter in a personal injury case, please do not hesitate to contact us for a no cost, no obligation consultation. We represent injured victims in West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, and throughout the larger surrounding region in South Florida.