A car accident lawyer represents people who were injured in car accidents due to negligent drivers. This often is a result of texting while driving, drunk driving, and aggressive driving while on the road. The victims we represent have usually sustained catastrophic or permanent injuries and incurred massive medical bills. Many times, they have missed weeks of months of work, or were unable to return to their prior occupation.
When you retain a car accident lawyer to represent you, you may wonder what the car accident lawyer will do to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your claim. Each claim is different, however, there are some common items that are done to make sure your car accident claim is properly worked up and presented to the insurance company or a jury.
After being retained by a client to represent them in a car accident, we make sure that we preserve the evidence needed to prove their claim. This includes items such as the victims medical records, vehicle repair estimates, police report, witness names and contact information, photographs of the scene, photographs of injuries, surveillance video and so on. In addition, we open a claim with eh insurance company to make sure that your medical bills are paid without issue or hang-up due to incomplete paperwork.
Following this, your treatment and will gather information such as lost wage documentation and doctor’s reports which are used to prove your case. When all the necessary information is collected we will either submit your claim to the insurance company or file a lawsuit on your behalf.
In the past, most claims were settled with the negligent parties insurance company prior to filing a lawsuit. This is becoming less likely as insurance companies have determined that it is more profitable to deny valid claims and make the victim suffer through lengthy ligation. Moreover, certain insurance companies are notorious for denying claims outright and making only lowball settlement offers.
Therefore, depending on the insurance company, and other factors such as whether you are limited tort or full tort, or whether liability is disputed, we will either try to negotiate your claim with an insurance company or file a lawsuit. When choosing a car accident lawyer you should make sure that they have a track record of taking cases to court when an insurance company refuses to pay.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.