My name is Arlene, and two years ago, I was involved in a car accident that wasn't my fault. I had some injuries that required a hospital stay, and I was unable to return to work for several weeks. I didn't know how I was going to pay my bills, and it was very stressful for me. My friend told me that I needed to hire an accident and personal injury attorney so I could recover my lost wages and medical costs. I was so glad that I hired the attorney, and my stress level immediately went down. Through the attorney, I was able to get a settlement, and I was no longer in financial trouble. I am writing this blog to let everyone know the importance of hiring an attorney after an accident. It's my wish that this blog will help others who are in similar situations.
The days following an auto accident can be full of worry. You will likely have to deal with your injuries and have to take critical steps that will help improve your chances of recovering compensation. Most folks are often at a loss of what to do and don't know whether to get legal help or to accept the settlement they get from their insurer. This article will help shed light on some of those issues to serve as a starting point in your quest for compensation.
Taking care of things immediately after
Right after the crash, try to get the insurance information of the other driver if you can, and get the contact information of witnesses to the crash. You should then fill out a police report at the scene and take a few pictures of the scene to help show the extent of your injuries and the damage to your car.
Next, take yourself to a hospital even if you feel fine. Even a seemingly small accident can cause injuries such as whiplash. Getting examined not only helps reveal any injuries you may have had but also ensures all your injuries are documented and makes it easier to prove your damages during settlement.
You should also create a strong record of damage to your vehicle by getting repair estimates from a reputable auto dealer as well as an estimate of valuables lost or damaged in the crash. Take photographs to document the extent of the damage, as this can make it easier to get a fair settlement.
Settling versus filing a lawsuit
It may be confusing to decide which of these two methods could lead to better chances of getting a fair amount of compensation for your pain, suffering, and property damage. You should first talk to a car-accident attorney so they can assess your situation. In most cases, the lawyer will want you to settle with the insurers, as this usually allows you to get some much needed money faster as compared to letting the matter drag through the court system. A lawsuit could in fact take up to several years to get settled, and you could end up with no compensation if you lose in court.
However, if your lawyer assesses that the insurers haven't given you a satisfactory settlement given your injuries and other losses, they may suggest that you file a car-injury suit so you can pursue higher compensation and possible non-economic damages.