If you have been injured in a truck accident, contact the dedicated team at Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., for a free, no-obligation review of your case. We only work on personal injury cases and can help you fight for the justice you deserve. Call us today at (317) 636-7777.
While you may be tempted to pursue damages for your case entirely on your own, it is not in your best interest.
You will be up against a high-powered team of attorneys who represent billion-dollar insurance companies. Their job is to keep the financial compensation in your case as low as possible. This means you could walk away with only hundreds or thousands of dollars, which is compensation that does not remotely cover the cost of damages you have incurred as a result of the accident. It is also possible that your claim could be denied entirely, leaving you with nothing.
How a Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help Your Claim
Retaining a lawyer in a timely manner to pursue your case can save you time and money. A lawyer can also better estimate the total cost of damages that you have incurred or will incur in the future, as a result of the accident. It’s not in your best interest to file a truck accident claim without an attorney. Another element to consider is that, due to the statute of limitations in Indiana, you have limited time to pursue legal action after an accident.
Here are just a few ways a lawyer can help:
Estimate the Cost of Injuries
While medical bills may be easy to gather, there are other injuries you have suffered if you have been involved in a truck accident. In serious accidents, you may also have experienced disfigurement. A lawyer can calculate what financial compensation should be. A lawyer can also estimate future damages associated with your injuries.
Calculate the Cost of Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering are different from most injuries that occur in a truck accident. They are considered a part of noneconomic damages, unlike things like medical expenses or lost wages that can be easily tracked. Noneconomic damages can be subjective, and it is important to be able to provide the necessary evidence to prove pain and suffering. This could include pictures of the injuries or documentation from friends or family about how your life has changed or how you have lost a quality of life as a result of the accident. These types of damages can be hard to calculate if you file a truck accident claim without an attorney.
Gather Evidence in Your Case
A lawyer can investigate and gather evidence to support your claim and justify the compensation you are pursuing as a result of your damages. Some of the evidence that a legal team will gather includes:
- Police reports
- Witness statements
- Medical records and receipts
- Photos of the accident and injuries
- Doctor’s note
Sometimes proving who is responsible for a truck accident is easy and straightforward, and other times, it is not. Indiana uses a system called modified comparative fault. This may impact your ability to recover damages. If the insurance company’s lawyer can make it appear that you were over 50% responsible for the accident, you will be barred from recovery.
This is why it is so important to have a legal team by your side, providing the evidence to support your claim and defending your right to pursue damages.
Negotiate on Your Behalf or Attend Trial
Insurance companies know that a personal injury lawyer means business, and for that reason, they take representation by a legal team seriously. A lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company’s lawyers on your behalf, providing the evidence and arguments to support your case. In the event an agreeable settlement cannot be reached, a personal injury lawyer is not going to hesitate to take your claim to court and continue fighting for your rights there. This is not something you can do effectively if you file a truck accident claim without an attorney.
A lawyer who works only on personal injury cases is not going to be intimidated by the attorneys representing the insurance company. Without a lawyer by your side, you are more likely to accept a low settlement offer rather than fight for your rights in court. You may not even fully understand what damages you are truly owed as a result of the accident.
Get Professional Legal Help to File a Truck Accident Claim
While you have the right to pursue your case alone, a dedicated lawyer will often save you time and money. He or she can also better estimate the total damages you have lost as a result of the accident, possibly pursuing damages you were altogether unaware of. A legal team is also not afraid to go up against billion-dollar insurance companies and their legal teams, and insurance companies know that a personal injury lawyer is not going to back down from pursuing the best interests of the client.
Contact the Sevenish Law Firm, P.C., today. We offer a free consultation where a member of our team will review your case. Call us today at (317) 636-7777.