After you’ve been injured in an auto accident that was the fault of another, it is important to take the necessary steps to give yourself the best chance of recovering compensation. While you can certainly take these steps on your own, it’s best to seek qualified legal representation as quickly as possible. The advice of an experienced personal injury attorney can save you a lot of time, money, and frustration, so let’s take a closer look at some of the ways an attorney can help your case:
Determining Compensation Eligibility
Even though it may seem obvious, the first thing you need to do is determine whether or not you are actually entitled to compensation, and an attorney can help with that. Your lawyer will take in all the facts of the case and formulate a plan of action that will work best for your claim. This is especially important if your case is somewhat complex or unique, as it may require additional resources or expertise. Without the proper help, you may waste your time and money pursuing a claim that you aren’t eligible for.
Determining the Liable Party or Parties
In a perfect world, the at-fault party will accept liability immediately and everything will run smoothly. Unfortunately, however, this is rarely the case–determining the party or parties at fault is a crucial part of any claim, and sometimes it is more difficult than it may seem. For example, if you were involved in a trucking accident, there are numerous parties who may be at fault, from the driver to the trucking company or even the manufacturer of the truck itself. An experienced attorney will have numerous ways to determine liable parties, either by reviewing evidence or through other means.
You should still meet with an attorney even if you think that you were at fault for the accident, because in some cases, you may still be able to recover compensation.
Without sounding rude, most people don’t necessarily know the ins and outs of the claim process, especially when insurers get involved. A good lawyer will handle all the correspondence with insurance companies, to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of. They can also help you understand what coverage you may or may not be entitled to under your personal policy, as the details can be difficult to sort through after an accident occurs. Insurers don’t always play fair, so it helps to level the playing field.
Advocating on Your Behalf
Accident claims are not a learn-as-you-go process, and if you treat it as such, you will get taken advantage of in no time. Insurers and opposing counsel are trained to exploit any mistake you make along the way, and a good attorney will protect your interests and argue on your behalf. Throughout the claim process, you don’t want to feel anything other than confident, so consult with a lawyer when you have the opportunity.
Ensuring Everything is Within Compliance
Claims are complicated, and there are a large number of steps you will have to complete correctly along the way. If you are in a position where you need to file a personal injury claim, you likey already have a lot of stress to deal with. The thought of juggling important paperwork and deadlines on top of your normal schedule is scary, so get a professional to handle it for you.
Arguing for Full Compensation
All claimants are concerned with recovering reimbursement, but few are aware of all the different kinds of compensation that may be available to them. Your lawyer’s payment depends on how much they recover for you, so they are going to advocate for any and all forms of damages you may be entitled to, including:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages and benefits
- Property damages
- Non-economic losses (pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment)
- Punitive damages if applicable
Need Help With a Claim? Contact Van Law Firm Right Away
If you have further questions about the claim process, or are in need of quality representation, simply contact the award-winning team of personal injury attorneys from Van Law Firm as soon as possible. For the past 10 years, we’ve built our reputation as one of the most trusted firms both in Nevada and around the country. Call our office nearest you today for more information.