There are many benefits to hiring a personal injury attorney when you've been injured in a car accident, especially if your injuries are serious. Here are some of the ways hiring a personal injury lawyer can help you deal with your claim.
Experience with Car Insurance Companies
You probably do not deal with insurance companies every day. We do. We understand the process of reaching a settlement, and because we have most likely seen cases like yours, we have a good idea of the type of settlement you can expect.
We also understand how to negotiate with auto insurance companies to get you the fairest settlement possible.
Knowledge of the Law
An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the laws that apply to your accident. Because of this, we may see other avenues for settlement that you do not. This is especially important if the accident involved an uninsured driver.
Understanding of Accident-Related Injuries
Because we specialize in personal injury cases involving injuries caused in car accidents frequently, we can make recommendations for medical tests and care you should explore. We understand the long-term effects, if any, of your injuries. This is vitally important in deciding whether a settlement offer is a fair one.
This is essential if you must sue the auto insurance company or others to get full coverage of your medical expenses and other pain and suffering.
What to Provide a Personal Injury Attorney
The more information your attorney has about your case, the more quickly and completely you can be compensated for your medical expenses and pain and suffering.
To ensure a complete, speedy resolution to your case, make sure your lawyer has all the information and documentation he needs to pursue a settlement. That information may include:
Your vehicle, insurance, and driver's license information.
Details of the accident, including:
Date, time, location.
Weather and traffic conditions.
Information about other vehicles, drivers and passengers.
Names and contact information for witnesses and copies of any accident or incident reports filed.
Copies of traffic tickets written at the scene and information about any charges brought against drivers involved, including DUI charges.
Physician report and medical records related to the accident.
X-rays and test results related to injuries from the accident.
Information about pre-existing conditions or injuries that may have been exacerbated by the accident.
Record of expenses for ongoing medications, treatment, and therapies.
Any other expenses incurred because of the accident, including transportation costs.
Documentation of days, hours and wages lost because of the accident.
Copies of all correspondence with insurance companies related to the accident.
It may be helpful to keep a personal injury diary to note appointments, expenses, contacts with the insurance company and your general feelings and medical condition following the accident.