Should I still claim compensation for orthodontic surgeon negligence since I just got offered a sum of compensation by my orthodontist’s insurance company?
It is difficult to advise you on whether or not you should accept this offer of compensation for orthodontic surgeon negligence without knowing the nature and extent of the injury or illness that you sustained from this negligence. That said, it is always recommended that whenever an unsolicited offer of claim is made that it should be presented to a solicitor. A solicitor will be able to inform you of whether or not it is suitable for covering the ramifications of your orthodontic injury sustained due to negligence. Therefore you should contact a claims solicitor with experience in dealing with negligent orthodontic surgeon compensation claims at the first possible moment.
The reason why insurance companies often directly approach a victim of orthodontic negligence so soon after an injury is sustained is so that they may potentially save money both in legal fees and the amount of compensation they will have to provide. It is unlikely that they will have had sufficient time to fully assess the injury you have sustained from orthodontic negligence. Although an instant offer of compensation for orthodontic surgeon negligence may be tempting to accept, it is worth bearing in mind that if you do accept this offer of compensation, you will not be able to go back to the insurance company and ask for more.
Your solicitor will be able to tell you if this offer is fair and if you would be likely to receive more if you decided to pursue a negligent orthodontic surgeon compensation claim. Once negligence has been established and accepted by the party responsible for your orthodontic injury, then your solicitor will be enter into negotiations to evaluate the worth of your claim. The amount of compensation you receive will be reliant on a number of factors. These factors could include your age, sex, general state of health prior to your orthodontic injury, the pain and suffering you experienced and the impact it has had on your life consequently, both financially and psychologically.
You should make sure to retain any evidence that you possibly can pertaining to the affect that your orthodontic injury sustained due to negligence has had on your life. This could include anything from medical receipts for necessary treatment and medicine; to a diary you have maintained outlining any times that your orthodontic injury has prevented you from taking part in everyday life and activities that you used to enjoy. Anything of this nature can be used by your solicitor to strengthen your claim.
The only one who will be able to advise you on the potential worth of your claim and whether or not you should accept an unsolicited offer of compensation is a claims solicitor with knowledge of your situation. Therefore it is in your best interest to discuss compensation for orthodontic surgeon negligence with your solicitor as soon as it is convenient.