Accidents happen on a daily basis on our roads, even to the most attentive drivers. If you’ve been in a recent car wreck, it’s advisable that you enlist the services of an accident attorney as soon as possible. While your attorney may not be able to take away your suffering, they can fight for your rightful compensation to help you get things back on track. From determining who is liable to filing a claim with the insurers, you attorney can help make things easier after accident. Here’s a look at the steps your attorney will take to help you win compensation:
The moments after a car crash can be confusing. This is because determining who was responsible for the car crash may not be possible at that moment. And this is why having a lawyer can prove crucial. Your attorney will rush to the accident scene, if possible, to collect the evidence while it’s still fresh. Your attorney may also hire a private investigator to help establish liability for the accident. The evidence gathered by the private investigator will prove immense in filing a good claim.
Estimating settlement owed
As a car accident victim, the amount you’re owed by the insurance company depends on the damages you’ve suffered. Damages are usually either economic or non-economic. Economic damages are things like lost wages, medical bills incurred, and damaged vehicle. Non-economic damages cover things like mental and emotional trauma, physical pain, and loss of enjoyment of life. The insurers may attempt to settle with you soon after the accident. The insurers often attempt to take advantage of victims who are clueless and represented by tabling offers of the lowest compensation possible.
You should however not listen to any offers until you have legal representation. Part of your lawyer’s job is to estimate the value of your claim. All the finances losses, as well as pain and suffering endured, will be factored in when estimating your claim’s value. You may then find that what the insurance company offered is only a fraction of the compensation you deserve.
Negotiating with the insurers
After the claim has been prepared, the attorney will forward it to the insurers and ask to settle. In seeking the best settlement possible, it helps if your attorney is skilled and experienced. Make sure you choose a n attorney with a good reputation for settling claims.Your attorney should be ready to take the case to trial if the insurance company is not willing to settle. This is a matter you will hopefully have discussed beforehand with your attorney. A good attorney will do their best to demonstrate to the jury just how much suffering you’ve had to endure as a result of the accident.
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