Many people do not believe they need the help of an attorney directly after a car accident. In fact, unless the accident you have suffered was inordinately severe, you may be wondering just what an attorney could do for you at all. It may even seem like an unnecessary expense. While it is true that you may be able to handle the insurance company and settle the claim all on your own, this is not always the case.
In reality, there is a lot that will come down to the details and the complexities of your specific case. If you find that you have a case that warrants seeking out legal counsel, you can rest assured knowing that a good lawyer will be able to help you by acting as a direct liaison between you and the insurance company, you and the other driver, and you and any relevant medical providers.
This means that your attorney will be able to communicate directly with the other driver’s insurance company, organize and present any relevant evidence to prove liability and damages, negotiate with any insurance adjusters or defense attorneys in order to get you a satisfactory settlement, and negotiate with any lienholders on your claim.
They will also be able to organize your medical records and bills after working with your physicians in order to ensure that they have all relevant medical information needed for your claim. This may also mean that they will get in contact with any medical providers to collect any missing records.
In this blog post, we will go over some of these actions more in-depth. If you have recently been involved in an auto accident, we know that you are probably having a hard time keeping your head on straight. Getting in touch with a good automobile accident attorney may be able to help.
If your car accident has caused you personal injury or property damage, it is crucial to log as much evidence as you can. This is especially true if your injuries are severe enough for you to want to file a personal injury claim. The burden of proof lies on you to prove that your injuries were caused by the other party. A seasoned lawyer will be able to help you collect all possible pieces of evidence—even ones that you yourself may have missed.
Everyone already knows that one of the very first things you should do after an accident is to exchange insurance information with the other driver. However, it is also arguably just as important to take photographs of the scene of the accident. You should do so even if there does not seem to be any substantial damage suffered on either side. This will help protect you from future claims that you were liable for the other party’s damages.
If you contact a lawyer early enough, it is possible that they will return directly to the accident scene even if you have already taken photos. Seeing the damage in person may be able to convey much more than a simple photograph. Additionally, the attorney will be able to get all relevant accident reports and speak with any investigating police officers and witnesses.
If you have suffered personal injury as a result of your car accident, you will want to take extensive records of all your medical expenses and visits. Unfortunately, it is not always so easy to collect all necessary copies from all your healthcare providers. Though the records do technically belong to you and you are absolutely entitled to them, sending them are simply not a priority in most medical offices.
This is especially true of small doctor’s offices, which may not have the time nor the staffing needed to respond to all medical record requests in a timely manner. Large hospitals, on the other hand, may have specific protocol that must be met in order to have medical record requests fulfilled. Failing to adhere to all steps of the protocol may simply result in your request being ignored.
When medical record requests are finally answered, it is not uncommon for them to be incomplete. Doing all this work on your own can be painstaking and time-consuming. Working with a legal office may help ensure that you get it all done in a timely manner without having to add onto any preexisting stress you are already dealing with. Additionally, lawyers are able to ensure that doctors use all the necessary language (with regards to prognosis, causation, and disability, specifically) to support your claim.
If you were receiving benefits from a health, disability, or worker’s compensation insurer before your car accident, you can expect that the insurer will have a lien out on your claim. This means that they will get paid before you do, regardless of the type of settlement or judgment you receive. Every dollar that goes to the lienholder is a dollar directly out of your settlement. Working with a lawyer may help reduce your losses in this way.
Of course, you should be able to expect any lawyer you are working with to negotiate your settlement to get you the truest possible valuation of your case. You may think your negotiation skills are good enough as it is. However, a lawyer is specially trained to know how to handle all the possible details of your case and knows all the legal implications of each action. You can rest assured knowing that you are getting everything you are owed when you are working with an attorney.
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide auto accident attorneys. If you have suffered either monetary or non-monetary losses, you may be entitled to collect compensation for your damages. Let us fight for you.