Advice for after you have been in an accident
If you are injured in a car accident or truck accident, you can easily be overwhelmed by everything that you will have to deal with. Keep in mind a few basic steps as you move forward through the aftermath of the auto accident. Always take care of yourself first. Make sure and take the following steps, listed below.
- Get medical attention
- Take pictures of your injuries
- Make sure pictures are taken of the vehicle damage
- Contact your attorney
- Let your Car accident lawyer handle all communication with opposing insurance and attorneys
You need to keep these points in mind. There are very good reasons for each one of them. The reasons for these steps lie in the fact that the consequences of accidents can lead to adversarial proceedings: matters become divided between “your side” and “their side“. Anyone from “their side” is not your friend, whether it is the other driver, his or her lawyers, or the insurance company representing the other driver.
When you have been the victim of an accident involving a car or truck, the most important thing to do is to take care of your physical injuries. It is also important that you always follow the directions of your doctor from that point. Do not try to “rush” your recovery. If the doctor tells you to refrain from certain types of activity, do not attempt them. In addition to making you injury worse, this may harm the car accident lawyer’s ability to assist you.
DOCUMENT YOUR INJURIES
If you have the opportunity, take photographs of your injuries resulted from your auto accident or truck accident. Use the camera on your cell phone or tablet or any other means, if you can. Equally important for you is that you keep track of all documents for your treatment. The reports of emergency personnel and doctors will be an important component of your case. Be sure to have all continuing instructions from your doctor at hand. If there are any changes in your treatment, add those documents to your file and also be sure to inform your car accident attorney of these facts.
DOCUMENT VEHICLE DAMAGE
If possible, take photographs of your auto or truck at the site of the accident. Take multiple shots, from several different angles, so the full nature of the damage can be seen. If it is not possible to do this at the scene of the accident, do it as soon as possible afterward, and before any work is done on the vehicle. Keep all the documents for the repairs together: estimates, invoices, service orders, any paperwork connected with the incident. These also are documents that you should copy and give to your car accident lawyer.
SEEKING LEGAL HELP
In the case of any serious auto accident or truck accident that involves personal injury, your wisest course of action is to seek the help of a legal advocate. This professional will keep a clear head in dealing with all aspects of the aftermath of the accident. The service, the lawyer, provides protects you from mistakes that can be made because you are dealing with the stresses and upsets of the event. Your car accident attorney will advise you of the specific steps you will need to take in dealing with an accident and insurance.
LET THE ATTORNEY DEAL WITH THE CASE
The most important thing for you to remember when pursuing a personal injury claim is that anything you say in public can become a “matter of record.” Comments you make on social media sites (such as Facebook) can be used against you. Talking with your friends about matters can be used against you. Even though as social creatures it is part of human nature to want to talk about things that happen to you, remember that discussing such matters can negatively impact your injury claim. If any insurance company attempts to speak with you about the accident, tell them to speak to your lawyer. If the insurance company for the other party contacts you with an offer, do not comment on it one way or another, but rather tell them to approach your attorney.
When injured in an auto accident or truck accident, securing the services of a good personal injury lawyer will provide you with peace of mind in a time of trouble. Your car accident lawyer will work to get the best results for you. Don’t hesitate to get an advocate who will fight for you, as any delay can also compromise the value of your injury case.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I EXPECT?
INJURIES AND COMPENSATION
An individual injured in an automobile accident may bring a claim or lawsuit to recover the actual expenses associated with property damage and medical costs, economic damages, and emotional and physical pain and suffering. Litigation involving motor vehicle accidents can sometimes be extremely complicated. Retaining the experienced lawyers at the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen who are experts in motor vehicle accident damages will place you in the best position to receive the recovery you deserve, no matter how complicated or contentious.
In automobile accident cases, as in all negligence cases, the injured party may recover for physical pain and suffering, mental pain and suffering, medical and rehabilitative expenses, past and future lost income, permanent impairment and permanent disfigurement. Typical damages include future medical bills that are reasonably certain, loss of enjoyment of life, and physical property damage. A previous injury does not necessarily affect the right to recover compensation. The injured party may still recover damages for reinjuring or aggravating the earlier injury. In order to document the damages, a person injured in an accident should keep a daily diary describing how the injury affects him or her and if appropriate, his or her immediate family.
FAMILY MEMBER’S DAMAGES
The spouse of the accident victim may also be able to recover for damage or loss to the marital relationship. Both the husband and wife usually bring the claim, which is known as “loss of consortium.” Loss of consortium refers to any negative effect on the marital relationship caused by an accident, and includes loss of the spouse’s love, companionship, comfort, affection, solace, moral support, sexual relations, ability to have children, and physical assistance in the operating and maintaining a home. Loss of consortium can be either temporary or permanent.
Typically, the insurance company will compensate the victim for his or her damages. If the other driver has insufficient insurance or is not insured at all, the victim may be entitled to compensation from his or her own insurance company under an uninsured or underinsured motorist provision. Also, other insurance policies, such as the policies of other family members or employers, may provide benefits to the injured person. We have obtained insurance coverage for many times for clients in these circumstances. Even if the injured person was partially at fault, the law might permit recovery. If you have a situation like this, immediately contact our experienced car accident lawyers at 1-800-718-4658. We have operators available 24 hours a day.
HOW MUCH IS AN AUTO ACCIDENT LAWSUIT WORTH?
The value of an automobile accident lawsuit depends on a number of factors, including:
- Who is at fault
- How easily the other party’s fault can be established
- Type and seriousness of the injuries
- Medical treatment required
- Amount of insurance coverage available
- How the accident happened
- Extent of vehicle damage
- Whether the injuries are permanent or involve significant scarring
- Amount of your past and expected future medical bills
- Effect of the accident on your income
Remember, every personal injury case is different.
But we have seen it all. Therefore, the assistance of the very experienced auto accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen is vital to obtain the highest value for your personal injury claim.
Unfortunately, injuries received in a motor vehicle accident can be catastrophic. Serious and disabling injuries can affect not only the injured person, but also family members, as well. Even relatively minor injuries that require medical care and result in lost time from work can have a great impact on the family. If you are an automobile accident victim and have specific questions or concerns about compensation for your losses, contact the experienced car accident lawyers at Nadrich & Cohen to assist you by diligently pursuing your claim against all who are responsible for your injuries. We will maximize your recovery. That is what the Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen are all about – maximizing your recovery! Call our accident attorneys at 1-800-718-4658 for a free consultation.