Automobile accidents are the most common cause of personal injury in the United States, with more than six million crashes occurring each year. Car accidents range from negligible collisions like fender-benders to fatal multi-car pileups. Most involve some level of property damage and many cause injuries to drivers or passengers.
Drivers and passengers involved in a car accident will usually suffer back, neck, and head injuries. These injuries can be extremely severe, causing traumatic brain injury, paralysis, or death. Even “minor” back injuries can incapacitate you for days or weeks. Unfortunately, if these injuries affect muscles, ligaments, or tendons, they may not be found on X-rays or other medical imaging.
When dealing with “soft tissue” injuries, many adjusters mistakenly believe that if they can’t see it, it doesn’t exist. Insurers are unwilling to pay fair settlements in most car accident claims to begin with. Still, their offers are meager if the victim claims a back, neck, or head injury with little objective medical evidence. An experienced car accident attorney will work to have your injuries taken seriously and obtain appropriate compensation.
Damages in Car Accident Cases
Car accident victims are often burdened with the costs of medical treatment. Even those with health insurance face financial hardship, as they are still responsible for paying co-pays and prescriptions. Missing work due to injury would result in loss of income and further drain your resources. You will need fair monetary compensation to get you through your difficult times.
A car accident victim may be eligible for compensation for the following:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost income and benefits
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
The true extent of your injuries may not present itself in the days and even weeks after an accident. A sluggish recovery may lead to higher medical bills than you initially expected. If your injury results in permanent disability or requires extensive physical therapy, you might find your settlement money dwindling long before your expenses end.
Dealing With Liability
You may also have to deal with the question of liability. Insurers may attempt to decrease their payment to you by alleging “comparative negligence,” which means that you were either totally or partially at fault for the accident. Your car accident attorney can assist you in documenting your medical costs and present evidence that ascertains the actual cause of the crash.
Tips For Handling a Car Accident
Take photos of the scene. Along these lines, you’ll have evidence assembled at the scene to support your position on the reason for the accident. It would be best if you then alerted the other individual’s insurance carrier that you have been in a crash with one of its policyholders.
You should make sure to have a written account of the cause of the accident, regardless of whether or not the other driver is to blame. The police will figure out who is to blame for the car accident. Additionally, the insurance provider will determine its blame, which could conceivably coordinate with the law requirement’s assessment of the blame. The insurance company will consider things, for example, the police report, driver and witness testimonials, and physical confirmation. After that, all you have to do is make sure that you are suitably compensated. This will be the job of your car accident attorney.
How Will My Attorney Handle My Case?
After meeting with you for the first time, your car accident attorney will investigate your claim and thoroughly review pertinent documents like witness statements, police reports, medical reports, and medical bills. Your attorney may visit the scene of the accident and even hire an investigator to uncover additional details of the accident.
Your attorney will also contact the insurance company of the party or parties responsible for your injuries. Your attorney will also check to see that you are following medical advice, making an honest effort to recover from your injury, providing copies of all medical bills and other expenses related to the accident as well as records of lost income, and keeping track of possible witnesses in your case.
If you have been injured in a car accident, please call the Law Firm of Joe I. Zaid & Associates to schedule a consultation. Upon taking your case, our experienced car accident attorneys thoroughly investigate your claim and gather all essential facts and records to present a winning case and get you the compensation you deserve.
Dedicated Car Accident Attorneys
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It is not until you are involved in a car accident that you realize just how traumatic an event can be. It is not just the physical injury that can cause problems; there is also a significant amount of mental distress that you may be experiencing. Rightfully so, if you are involved in a car accident through no fault of your own, then you are entitled to make a car accident claim.
When dealing with a car accident claim, it is essential to appoint a car accident lawyer you can trust. Not a firm simply interested in how much money they can make from car accident claims, but one that takes an interest in the individuals’ well-being.
From the minute you contact Joe Zaid, our dedicated and friendly car accident lawyers will talk you through every aspect of the case, what is expected of you as well as what you can expect in return. We will be able to give you a good idea of the timeframe involved in making a car accident claim and an idea of the amount of compensation we will be able to obtain. And what’s more, we are not looking to blind you with legal jargon; we keep everything clear and concise, so you understand all the steps involved in making such a claim.
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