Think you can handle fighting for yourself after a car accident? Think again. You need an experienced car accident attorney on your side. Below are just a few of the reasons why you should seek out an attorney after a car accident.
Handling the Insurance Company
Insurance companies don’t stay in business by paying out on accidents. While you may be covered, there’s a lot of small tricks the insurance company can employ to keep from paying for your property damage and medical bills. If the insurance company is denying your claim, a lawyer will be key to getting the money you’re owed for your accident. Your lawyer can negotiate with the insurance adjusters, take over the claim for you, prepare written and verbal statements, and represent you should your quarrel with the insurance company go to court.
Determine the Value of Your Injuries
Even if you were injured, how do you know what you were owed? It’s not always about the actual medical bills. Part of the settlement also includes any lost wages from time spent away from work and any pain and suffering you endure. Your lawyer will look at past and future medical bills, calculate the exact amount of your lost wages, and find ways to quantify your pain and suffering into a physical, monetary amount. You could lose a lot of money if you leave it up to yourself to figure out how much you should seek.
A difficult part of car accidents is proving you is at fault. There’s a lot that goes on during an accident and a lot of factors can lead to two vehicles colliding. Proving another’s liability in your injuries is difficult. And because the person at fault often foots the bill, both sides will work to blame the other which can get messy and confusing fast. That’s where a lawyer comes in. Your lawyer can get expert testimonies and consultations, reconstruct the events of the accident, obtain the accident report from officials, gather and organize medical records, and oversee the interviewing of any witnesses who were there. You can’t handle all that on your own.
File Any Additional Suits
While a car accident obviously falls under car accident law, many times those cases can also be a part of personal injury. This is a slightly different area of law and could be worth more money for you in settlement. But it’s complicated and not something you can simply take on on your own. Only an experience lawyer can tell you the full extent of what you can sue for in court and how much you can seek.
If you’ve been in a car accident and need a lawyer, Lampert and Walsh can help you take on your insurance company and bring your case to court.