My Legal Aspirations

For as long as I can remember, the legal field has always fascinated me. While my friends watched sitcoms and cartoons, I chose to watch courtroom dramas and real life trials unfold. There was never really any question as to what I wanted to be when I got older. The only profession for me was that of a trial lawyer. Unfortunately, a serious car accident several years ago changed all that. Now, my injuries prevent me from leaving my home most days. However, my love for the law has never went away. While I may not be able to realize my dreams of becoming a trail lawyer, I still wish to help people with their legal problems. That is why I decided to start this blog. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will help other accident victims like me when filing their personal injury claims.

5 Steps To A Successful Demand Letter


If you have been injured in a car wreck that was not your fault, you should know that you are entitled to be fairly compensated for your damages. Damages can include everything from your medical bills and car repair or replacement to lost wages and pain and suffering compensation. A very powerful weapon exists to help you get what you deserve from the at-fault driver, and you may not even need to go to court to get compensation. The demand letter spells out how you have been damaged and what you expect as a result and can be an extremely powerful tool in the personal injury process. Read on to learn more about this important piece of correspondence and the part it plays in your case.

1. When preparing your demand letter, refresh your memory by reviewing your notes and paperwork about the accident and its aftereffects. It would be easier to recall details about the wreck if you have been keeping a journal about the accident and everything that has happened since. 

2. While it may be emotionally difficult to relive the accident, try to keep the tone of your demand letter professional and polite, using the correct medical terminology. Stick to the facts of the issue.

3. If you are certain that you are not in any way at fault, be sure to include that statement in the letter. If you have doubts about your fault, for example, you feel it's a possibility that you share some of the fault, leave that issue for the negotiations after the settlement offer.

4. Since your demand letter includes the major issues that both sides would face were the case to come to trial, the demand letter allows the other side to get a preview of the trial and to consider offering you a settlement. Going to court costs both sides money, so a convincing and factual demand letter could result in an offer to settle.

5. Include the following in your letter:

  • A list of all injuries and the medical procedures you have endured.
  • How the accident has affected your day-to-day existence and how much pain you continue to have.
  • A dollar amount spent so far on your injuries.
  • A list of all evidence and supporting material available, such as accident reports, witness statements, video evidence, etc.
  • How much time you have missed from work, how much more work you expect to miss, and the dollar amount of this loss.
  • Vehicle and personal property losses.
  • The reasons that you feel you were not at fault and why you are entitled to be compensated.
  • The dollar amount you are willing to accept if the case were settled now. Be sure to allow for negotiating room by making this amount slightly higher than your bottom-line sum.

Consult with a personal injury attorney like those found at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC for assistance with your demand letter and your case. Settlement negotiations are too important not to leave to a professional who knows exactly how much you should receive for your injuries and the accident's impact on your life. 


27 May 2016