When you hire a lawyer for a car accident, you get the advantage of having him or her go to work on your compensation claim while you focus on your recovery. A car accident can leave you with physical injuries and emotional trauma that can be difficult and time-consuming to recover from.
Hiring a lawyer also means you have help proving the cause of the accident, assigning fault to the driver responsible for causing the accident, and calculating the financial value of your compensation claim.
Your Lawyer Can Help Prove the Cause of the Accident
Proving the cause of the car accident that led to your injuries can be complicated. It can be especially taxing when as you focus on your physical recovery or on helping a loved one recover. A lawyer can take the following actions on your behalf:
- Read and review the police report
- Conduct an independent investigation
- Identify, locate, and interview witnesses to the accident
- Obtain and review emergency and follow-up medical records
Your lawyer might also be able to uncover video footage from residential or retail establishments that prove the sequence of events leading to the collision.
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Valuing Your Compensation Claim
Most car accident claims resolve with an insurance settlement from the company that represents the at-fault driver. Accepting a financial settlement means you can receive the money you need to cover the financial impact of the accident. A lawyer can help ensure you receive a favorable insurance payout by:
- Calculating the total cost of your medical treatments.
- Reviewing employment records and calculate lost income.
- Assessing the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle.
- Negotiating with the at-fault driver’s insurance provider.
Valuing anticipated parts of your claim can be much more complicated than adding up existing medical bills and immediate income loss. A lawyer can also help calculate parts of your claim that might otherwise be difficult to assess, such as forecasting the cost of future medical care and income loss.
Meeting the State’s Timeline
Filing a claim for compensation against the driver who caused the has an important time component. The state of Georgia limits the time you have to file a claim to two years from the date of the accident, according to Georgia Civil Code Section 9-3-33.
Complying with the statute of limitations is important to your claim because failure to could cost you. If you do not file your claim within the allotted time, you might relinquish your right to file a claim at all. Your lawyer can ensure timeliness by starting the filing process while you focus on your physical recovery.
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Negotiating With the Insurance Company
According to the Insurance Information Institute (III) reports, there were 1,894,000 injuries and 33,654 fatalities due to car accidents in 2018. If you or a family member suffered injuries or if a family member was killed in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation that covers the expenses and losses created by the collision.
The financial impact of a car accident can start at the accident scene and continue until your doctor declares you fully recovered. The insurance company that represents the at-fault driver might offer a settlement early in the process when their driver is clearly at fault. Because of the immediate financial impact of a car accident, it can be tempting to accept their initial offer.
You may want to avoid the temptation to accept a speedy cash offer, in lieu of a thorough investigation and assessment of the true cost of the accident. The lawyer representing your claim can help ensure that the insurance company does not undervalue your compensation claim. That way, you are not left paying out-of-pocket expenses for an accident someone else caused.
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Collect the Financial Compensation You Deserve
The suddenness and unexpectedness of a car accident can leave you unsure of what to do. Help assigning financial liability and assurance of meeting the filing deadline are only two of the advantages that happen when you hire a lawyer for a car accident claim.
You deserve compensation for the collision that led to your injuries, and our team will work hard to help ensure you receive it. Contact the personal injury team at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers by calling (404) 888-8888 today.