One major element in a personal injury case is the complainant’s demand letter. The attorneys at Zar Law, a Texas personal injury law firm, write the demand letter on their clients’ behalf. Matthew Zarghouni of Zar Law Personal Injury Law Firm explains the different elements required for a strong demand letter.
A Personal Injury Demand Letter may include:
- Your version of the story
- Timeline of events
- Fact-based, unemotional statements
- Reasons the other party is at fault
Clearly and concisely articulate why the other party is at fault with fact-based, unemotional statements. Never admit any wrongdoing of your own – this is the responsibility of the other party’s insurance company to discover.
Your personal injuries
List in great detail all the injuries you’ve sustained
Identify the duration (or projected duration) of the injuries including temporary, long-lasting and permanent injuries
Don’t overstate your injuries but don’t down-play them either
Use the correct medical terminology
Your medical expenses
List of every medical expense including the provider, cost, location of treatment, name of person(s) treating you, time spent per visit, driving distance, etc.
Your lost time / income
List any time you missed at work as a result of your injury
List why your work suffered as a result of your injury
Letter from your employer with job description, pay level and a confirmation of time lost
List any other losses – these can be non-tangible losses including: depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, embarrassment, inconvenience, the cost and time spent working with a therapist to treatment emotional hardships, etc.
The settlement demand
State the adequate monetary compensation required given all that you’ve claimed. The attorneys at Zar Law, a Personal Injury Law Firm, will help you identify what that value of your case is worth. There are case calculations and negotiating strategies your attorneys will discuss with you to identify the right monetary value of the personal injury case. The final component of a demand letter should include all supporting documents to verify the claims listed in the letter. These may include: police reports, eyewitness statements, medical records, bills, explanation of benefits, employer letters, etc. For more information about the Personal Injury Attorneys at Zar Law, PLLC, please call us to schedule a free consultation.