Why Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another’s actions, it is in your best interest to hire a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to help with your injury claim. An attorney will represent your interests throughout the process and will be dedicated to defending your rights. Car Accident Lawyer handles these cases on a contingent fee, which means you do not have to pay anything unless and until the case settles. That means you will never receive a bill from us. We only get paid if you get paid.
Hiring a car accident lawyer can be extremely valuable to your injury claim. These are some of the many benefits to hiring a lawyer and how he or she can help with your claim.
1. Handle the Insurance Company for You
Insurance companies are in the business of making money. Their insurance adjusters are highly trained at negotiating insurance settlements and will do everything they can to minimize what they pay, even to the point of denying a valid claim.
If you do not have experience negotiating with insurance companies, it can be difficult to ensure your best interests are represented and that you receive the full value of your claim. Furthermore, an insurance adjuster may get you to inadvertently issue a statement or make a comment that could affect your ability to recover the compensation you deserve.
Having an attorney represent you before the insurance company can have a significant impact on your claim. Your attorney will:
- Negotiate with the insurance adjuster
- Handle all details of your claim for you
- Help prepare a written or verbal statement that is carefully crafted to your benefit
- Represent your best interests and fight to obtain the compensation you deserve
2. Prove Liability for Your Injuries
Often one of the most complicated parts of a car accident injury claim is proving that another’s negligence caused your injuries. This is an important part of every car accident claim, as individuals harmed by another’s actions have the right to compensation.
However, all parties involved will likely attempt to shift blame, making it difficult to prove exactly who is liable for your injuries.
An accomplished personal injury attorney will be able to sift through the evidence to determine exactly who caused your injuries and then build a strong argument on your behalf.
3. Determine the True Value of Your Injuries
Another complicated part of many car accident claims is making sure you receive compensation that is representative of the true value of your claim and the damages you have suffered. Insurance companies are skilled at convincing injury victims to accept lowball settlement offers and will work to pay as little as possible for your claim.
However, attorneys who have handled countless auto accident claims know the true value of your claim and will not accept any settlement offer that does not cover the full extent of your losses. We will work to help make sure you receive compensation for all of your losses, including those you have lost in the past and may lose in the future. This can include:
- Past and future medical bills
- Lost wages and future lost income
- Pain and suffering
4. Negotiate a Fair Settlement
Insurance adjusters spend their days negotiating insurance settlements. They are skilled negotiators who vigorously fight for their best interests. So too are auto accident lawyers. We regularly negotiate with insurance companies and other attorneys. However, the significant difference is that we are solely focused on the best interests of our clients.
Before entering into a negotiation with an insurance adjuster, contact a trusted car accident lawyer who has experience doing just that on a regular basis. Our attorneys are experienced in negotiating fair settlements for our clients that help them obtain the compensation they deserve. We will not settle for anything less.
5. File a Personal Injury Lawsuit if Necessary
A significant benefit to hiring a car accident lawyer to handle your claim is that we can advise you of all of your legal options. If the insurance company is unwilling to offer a reasonable settlement amount, we are prepared to file a personal injury lawsuit to help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Know and What to Do After a Car Accident
Tip #1 – Seek immediate medical attention
The number one issue following a car accident is the health and safety of all involved. As such, the first, and most vital step following a collision is seeking prompt attention for all injuries and medical issues. Many victims require evaluation by several medical professionals and are best advised to follow the doctor’s orders precisely.
Tip #2 – Stay safe while you exchange information
If it is reasonably safe to do so, be sure to move your vehicles from the path of oncoming traffic, as well as turn off the engine right away. As you speak with the other drivers or police, keep out of the roadway and maintain a safe distance from the shoulder.
Tip #3 – Document all medical attention
Injured plaintiffs should document all aspects of their medical treatment, including all expenses, co-pays, and out-of-pocket costs associated with follow-up care or prescription medications. Not only will this ensure enough evidence to support a claim for damages, but it will help plaintiffs keep a timeline of events following the accident, as the lawsuit process often spans at least a year or more.
Tip #4 – Follow doctors’ orders
Even if you feel back to your old self, you should always follow your doctors’ orders with regard to taking it easy and not engaging in too much physical activity too soon. Not only could you aggravate your injuries, but your premature return to an active lifestyle could provide the defense with arguments against your injury claims.
Tip #5 – Be wary of insurance company tactics
One important caveat to remember is the insurance company has a goal of paying plaintiffs as little for their claims as possible. Companies will employ several tactics to divert victims’ attention from the true value of their claims and persuade them to settle for a fraction of what the case is actually worth. At Hardy Wolf & Downing, we are not intimidated by the ploys of insurance companies and encourage our clients to discuss all settlement offers with their car accident attorney before accepting anything from an insurer.
What Are Common Injuries from Car Accidents?
Sometimes auto accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries, or in particularly tragic cases, wrongful death.
Some other common injuries that victims of auto accidents may experience include:
- Soft tissue injuries – This type of injury occurs when a muscle, ligament, or tendon is stretched and can include whiplash
- Cuts or contusions – This can range from minor scrapes to serious injuries, and can be caused by loose items flying around the car during your accident
- Head injuries – This could include muscular injuries or even brain injuries, depending on the severity of your accident
- Bruises – Bruises, while not particularly serious, can be very painful and can occur if you were slammed around in the vehicle at the time of your accident
- Regardless what type of injury you sustained in your auto accident, we can help you obtain the maximum compensation you need in order to ensure that your present and future needs are met. We only accept a limited amount of personal injury cases so you can be sure that your matter will receive our undivided attention.
Damages caused by common accident injuries
At the outset, it is important to clarify that many common auto accident injuries are non-physical in nature. The law is set up to compensate you for any losses you incur in connection with the accident. Those losses are called damages.
Damages certainly include your physical injuries but they also include emotional suffering, psychological injuries, financial losses, adverse changes in lifestyle, and diminished quality of life. In the event of death, they also include the losses and suffering of specific family members.
Types of car accidents that cause the most severe injuries
Certain car accidents are significantly more likely to cause severe injuries than others. This is not to say that lower intensity accidents are not capable of causing severe injuries rather, they are much less likely to result in a something like a severe traumatic brain injury or spinal cord damage.
- Rear-End Accidents
- Head-On Collisions
- Rollover Accidents
- Semi-Truck Accidents
- T-Bone Accidents