How Can an Attorney Help with My Car Accident Claim?
After you’ve been in a car accident, it is likely that many emotions and thoughts are running through your mind. Among your primary concerns may include questions such as how can I work, how am I to pay for all my medical bills, how much will it cost to repair my car, or how much money can I recover due to this accident. You may also be wondering if you need to hire a personal injury attorney and how an attorney can help you with your car accident claim. In this blog, we explain some important ways an attorney can help you with your personal injury claim after a car accident. Critically, an attorney can file a personal injury claim on your behalf, deal with your insurance company, prove your injuries to the court, and determine liability for your injuries.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim on Your Behalf
A personal injury attorney will be able to advise you about whether it is in your interests to file a lawsuit as a result of the car accident. The attorney can explain your rights to you, the viability of your case, and the possible avenues to pursue a personal injury claim—including settlement versus litigation. Insurance companies will often pressure individuals to accept settlement offers; however, this may not lead to the highest possible compensation award. An attorney can advise you about whether it is better to accept a settlement offer or proceed to court to litigate your case before a judge or jury.
Dealing with Your Insurance Company
Communications with an individual’s insurance company is inevitable after a car accident. Insurance companies and the insurance adjusters will always try their hardest to negotiate a settlement with the injured victim. These settlements are often significantly less than what individuals could get from a court. An attorney understands that the objective of insurance adjusters is to minimize the payment to individuals as much as possible. Considering this fact, it is important to note that a personal injury attorney has experience dealing with insurance adjusters and knows how to negotiate the settlement in your favor or to take your case to court, if needed. An attorney can negotiate with the insurance adjuster to your benefit, help prepare a written statement of the accident that favors your case, and handle your insurance claim to get you the compensation you deserve.
Proving Your Injuries to the Court
An experienced personal injury attorney knows how to best prepare your case to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries. This includes gathering the necessary documents regarding the extent of your injuries from hospitals, medical care providers, physical therapists as well as testimony from these healthcare providers and other witnesses. Documentation typically used to prove your injuries include medical reports, hospital records, bills, and loss of income from your inability to work. Further, an attorney will fight to get you compensation that covers not only your past and future damages (e.g., medical bills incurred and expected; lost wages to date and expected to be lost in the future) but also your emotional pain and suffering.
Determining Liability for Your Injuries
The most challenging task for a personal injury attorney is proving that someone else was at fault for your injuries. This requires that the attorney prove that the other party was negligent. Medical records, medical professional testimony, photographs, accident reports, witness testimony, etc. can all be used to determine fault. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to fight for your compensation, make a strong argument on your behalf, and work aggressively to prove all elements of your negligence claim against the other party.