08 Jun How An Attorney Can Help With Your Car Accident Claim
When the unthinkable happens and you are hurt in an accident or lose a loved one, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Many people hesitate to hire a lawyer or don’t know what a personal injury lawyer can do to help. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney can assist you in a number of ways after a serious accident caused by another driver. Many accident victims are eligible to receive compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company. This can help cover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost income, and other accident-related expenses. However, their insurer may not offer you the full value of your claim unless they see that you are serious about pursuing it. While your settlement depends on the specifics of your case, a lawyer can usually do the following on your behalf:
Obtain paperwork, medical records and evidence
Filing a successful car accident claim involves attention to detail. Several details need to be documented, from medical records and expenses to your car repair bills and missed time from work. A personal injury attorney can gather all paperwork and medical information needed to build a strong case. A good lawyer also can help obtain all of the evidence that you will need to prove liability in a car accident claim, including speaking with police officers and witnesses.
Investigate the accident and determine responsible parties
Many accidents are a result of multiple contributing factors, which can include poor road conditions, driver distraction, or a vehicle malfunction. An attorney will also pinpoint the contributing factors as a means to identify all of the potentially responsible parties who may be liable for compensation. For example, in cases where a vehicle malfunctions, such as a tire blowout, it could be a manufacturer who is partially at fault.
Communicate with the other driver’s insurer
After the accident, you can expect to receive calls from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier. They will likely ask you to settle immediately. However, accepting an offer without speaking to an attorney can actually cause you to get less money than you deserve. A personal injury lawyer can field calls from insurance adjusters and put an end to their constant badgering.
Negotiate a satisfactory settlement
After you’ve filed a claim, you’ll enter settlement negotiations with the other party’s insurance company. Having an attorney present during these talks shows the insurance company that you mean business and are not afraid to demand what is fair. A good lawyer knows how much the case is worth and knows how to work the case and conduct the negotiations so as to get top dollar from the insurer.
If you were injured in a car accident and believe you’re entitled to compensation, contact us today and let us help you get the settlement you deserve.