The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming. You could be suffering from serious injuries in addition to trying to figure out how to recoup your losses. If you or your loved one has been injured in a car accident, it may be beneficial for you to hire a lawyer. While you focus on your recovery, they can guide you through the legal process, represent you, and ultimately, help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Gathering Evidence from Your Collision
When you decide you want to file an insurance claim or lawsuit after a car accident, you must gather evidence related to the collision to build your case. This can be time-consuming and stressful, especially while you are trying to heal from your injuries.
Rather than taking this on yourself, you could hire a lawyer to gather all the information needed and build your case for you. Some forms of evidence include:
- Photos of the aftermath of the accident, including the condition of the cars involved and the road.
- Photos of your injuries.
- Medical records from the physicians who treated you after the collision.
- Video surveillance from the accident, if available.
- Witness testimonies.
- Police reports.
Establishing Liability for the Accident
Once you have gathered the evidence of your car accident, a lawyer can help you determine who is liable for your injuries and losses. Upon establishing this, your lawyer can help you file a claim with the insurance company or a complaint with the court.
With an insurance claim, the negligent driver’s insurance company will review your case and calculate a settlement to award, if any. Meanwhile, a complaint should explain your reasons for suing the liable party. Once the other party receives this complaint, they must respond to it as soon as possible, as per the Legal Information Institute (LII). Depending on the response, your case may go before a judge in a trial.
Providing Representation in Your Car Accident Case
Once you file your claim against the liable party, the insurer may reach out to you and offer a settlement. It is recommended that you consult your lawyer whenever this occurs, as you may have to negotiate for the settlement you deserve. Once you agree to an offer, your case is officially settled. A lawyer can handle all communication with the other party on your behalf.
The insurance company may try to offer you a lower settlement than you asked for, which may not cover all your accident-related damages. Together, you and your lawyer can review each of your injuries and losses and determine an appropriate value. We classify these injuries and losses into two different types of damages: economic and non-economic.
Economic damages have a monetary value. These may include, but are not limited to:
- Medical bills.
- Property damage.
- Loss of current and future income.
It is difficult to put a monetary value on non-economic damages, as they are not as concrete as economic damages. Some of these may include:
- Both mental and physical pain and suffering.
- Loss of possible business opportunities.
- Diminished quality of life.
Your personal injury case may not go to court. However, if you are not satisfied with the insurance company’s offer, you can choose to take your case trial. Your lawyer can represent you in court and negotiate on your behalf to fight for your compensation.
Get in Touch with Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. Today
When facing medical treatment and vehicle repair bills, you may think that hiring a lawyer is not financially possible at this moment. However, Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. works on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not charge anything until you receive a settlement or court award.
Instead of using your savings on a lawyer’s services, you can put it towards other aspects of the case—like medical treatment and car repair—until you receive your entitled compensation.
If you decide to hire a lawyer from our firm, then we can help you determine which course of legal action is best for you. We offer services for the following types of collision cases:
- Rear-end accidents
- Head-on collisions
- Failure to yield accidents
- Truck accidents
Call Sevenish Law Firm, P.C. as soon as you can to speak with a member of our team about pursuing legal action for your car accident case. You can reach us at 317-720-3229.