Working with a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You to Recover Financial Damages
Sept. 1, 2016
If you have suffered a personal injury during a car accident or other accident, I encourage you to call my office and schedule a consultation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 2.34 million people injured in car wrecks alone during the 2014 calendar year. This number has actually been going up, in part due to distracted driving. If you were one of them, you have the right to seek financial compensation to pay for the impact that your injuries have had on your life.
First, Prove Negligence
When you first visit my office, I will ask questions to get a better understanding of what happened during your car accident. I will then need to work to gather evidence to prove that someone else was more to blame for the crash than you are. This may include reviewing police reports and eye-witness testimony. Once I have gathered enough information to prove negligence, I will begin to work on the financial side of your case.
Next, Value Your Claim
Working together, and with your doctor, I will put an estimated value on your personal injury claim. This is necessary to do because it creates the foundation for a demand letter that can begin the negotiation process. Instead of only looking at the medical bills you have paid, I will evaluate all of the ways that your injuries have changed your life or impacted you financially. This will help to maximize the amount of money you eventually receive. Some of the areas I will evaluate are –
Your ability to work. If you have had to reduce your hours, been unable to work at all, or have lost wages due to receiving medical care, you should receive that money back through a settlement or trial.
The cost of alternative therapies. You may need physical therapy, massage, rehabilitation, etc. in order to recover. If so, these medical expenses should be covered in your settlement.
Expenses associated with retrofitting your home. Major injuries often create the need to retrofit the home. In this case, you should receive compensation.
You may even qualify for money to pay for caregivers, transportation, and more. I will discuss this with you in detail when meeting to go over your personal injury details.
Get Help for Your Personal Injury
After you have been injured in an accident, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney as quickly as possible. This is true for several reasons, including the fact that evidence tends to disappear or become hard to track down the longer you wait. For example, road conditions may change as new light is put in or a shoulder is improved, etc. Additionally, you may find that witnesses leave the area and that even things like pictures have a way of disappearing. When you hire me I can begin to gather evidence and build a case immediately. This is in your best interest because it ensures that everything is gathered while it is still fresh and readily available. Simultaneously, I can begin negotiating with the insurance company early on so that you can focus on your recovery rather than completing forms or answering questions.
NOTE: This is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.