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What Can a Personal Injury Lawyer Do for You After a Car Accident?

If you have been injured in an accident, should you hire an attorney? While you may have reservations about seeking legal representation, the reality is that you have every reason to give an attorney a call if you have questions about your legal rights. The following are 10 examples of the multitude of ways an experienced attorney will be able to help you after a collision.

1

Ensure that You Receive Appropriate Medical Care

An experienced attorney will have good relationships with local trauma doctors and specialists, and he or she will be able to help ensure that you receive quality medical care.

2

Collect and Preserve Critical Evidence

Securing evidence is the key to protecting your right to financial compensation. An attorney will be able to conduct an investigation, subpoena any relevant documents and help ensure that your medical records reflect the cause and extent of your injuries.

3

Deal with the Insurance Companies

One of the worst aspects of trying to move on from an accident is dealing with the insurance companies. Your attorney will be able to deal with the insurance companies for you so that you can relax, recover and avoid costly mistakes.

4

Calculate Your Current and Future Accident-Related Costs

In order to recover just compensation, you need to know what is “just.” This means that you need to know the current and future costs of your accident-related injuries. Medical expenses, prescription costs, and loss of income are just some of the financial costs you are likely to incur.

5

Determine the Value of Your Pain, Suffering and Other Non-Financial Losses

In addition to your financial costs, you are also entitled to compensation for your non-financial losses. This includes pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life.

6

Set Reasonable Expectations

When dealing with the insurance companies, it is important to set realistic expectations. For example, your claim will not be resolved overnight, and you may even need to go to court in order to win just compensation. But, you also need to avoid undervaluing your claim so that you do not expect too little in terms of a settlement.

7

Help You While Your Claim is Pending

Since it takes time to win just compensation, you may find yourself facing certain challenges while your claim is pending. If you are having trouble paying your medical bills or keeping up with your monthly expenses, your attorney should be able to help you evaluate the alternatives you have available.

8

Keep the Pressure On

Insurance companies rely on accident victims growing weary of the process. They know that, eventually, most people will give in and settle for less than they deserve. Your attorney will be able to keep the pressure on and keep fighting until you receive just compensation.

9

Decide When (or Whether) to Settle

At some point, you may receive a settlement offer for your car accident claim. Should you accept? Your attorney will be able to help you decide.

10

Find Peace of Mind

Finally, hiring an experienced attorney will provide you with the peace of mind of knowing that you have a relentless advocate on your side. When your future depends on the outcome of your insurance claim, you need to feel confident that someone involved in your claim has your best interests in mind.