Getting into an auto accident is always stressful. Now you
- have a vehicle that has to be repaired or totaled;
- need a rental car so you can get around;
- are feeling pain and need expensive medical treatment;
- can’t work and are losing money; and
- don’t know what to do next.
While you may be frustrated and maybe overwhelmed, don’t worry. With the help of a good personal injury attorney, you can get back to where you were before the collision. Here’s how the accident lawyer will assist you.
Guide you through a complicated process
A good personal injury attorney will tell you exactly what to do and not do after your accident. One mistake can harm you and your financial recovery.
At the onset, this includes getting medical treatment as soon as possible so you can recover from your injuries and prove them to the insurance companies and jury, should your case end up in court. Delaying going to a medical provider, hoping your injuries will just heal on their own, is a bad idea. At the very least, you need to be tested with x-rays and possibly other more advanced procedures like CT scans or MRIs to get to the bottom of why you are feeling pain and how doctors can resolve that.
A skilled injury lawyer will locate proof to show that you were not responsible for the crash. This includes photos, videos, the police report, witness statements, footage from nearby traffic cameras, and other sources. You can bet that the other insurance company is doing the same thing in an attempt to show that its driver is not to blame, so it does not have to pay you.
Ensure you get medical treatment
You may not have health insurance, or it may be limited or even minimize or deny your medicare care. You may have a high deductible you have not met yet or large copays. This happens more than you may think. Or you may be underinsured and cannot afford treatment.
Your personal injury attorney can help you get treatment through their network of providers, including doctors, chiropractors, diagnostic testing, and other medical professionals. With medical treatment and expertise, you can start to feel better sooner.
Recover your damages
You may not be thinking right now about the damages you could receive for your car accident. But they add up quickly.
Some economic and non-economic damages include your
- medical bills
- loss of wages and job benefits
- pain and suffering
- damage to your car and personal belongings
- other personal injury damages
Some can be measured, and some are more intangible. But even the calculation of the hospital and doctor’s bills depends on many factors.
Your injury attorney will know how to maximize each item.
Deal with the insurance company
Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t pay out what they should to people who have been injured. They are going to offer you as low of a settlement as possible – if they offer you one at all. In your vulnerable state, and losing money from your job, you may take it.
Often, people think that their injury may be minor, and they accept a settlement because they think that’s all they can get. They may think, “$500 for a sore neck is better than nothing.”
However, injuries can get worse over time, and your medical bills may accumulate so much that you won’t be able to afford them. That whiplash can turn into a much bigger problem than you ever would have imagined.
Your attorney can come in and negotiate a higher settlement for you. It’s going to be the highest amount to cover your injuries, damage to your car, your loss of wages, and other expenses you might have incurred.
Then you won’t have to worry about the stress of arguing with the insurance company, and you can focus on healing instead.
How much does a good personal injury attorney cost?
The same as any other attorney, including someone who just graduated from law school or who does not specialize in car accident cases as Mr. Berenson does.
A good personal injury attorney will work on contingency, which means you won’t pay any fees unless and until they can get you a settlement or verdict from a court. You will know what the fees will be beforehand, so there aren’t any surprises at the conclusion of your case. Please contact us for more information.
There really is no downside to contacting a personal injury lawyer today.
Contact Berenson Injury Law
If you were injured in a car, truck, 18-wheeler, or motorcycle accident and need assistance, we are here to help you. Call us at 817-885-8000 or get in touch on our website. We look forward to helping you with your case.