Car accidents that result in injuries can be life-altering events that impact your future in multiple ways. If you suffered an injury in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you deserve fair compensation for your injuries and related expenses.
Unfortunately, small mistakes easily made by someone inexperienced in car accident cases can significantly impact your right to seek the maximum amount of compensation possible for your losses. If you start building a strong case from the beginning, you will have a better chance of getting the maximum amount. Continue reading to find out what steps you can take to get the most money after a Winston-Salem car accident.
Contact the Insurance Company
Car accidents can be stressful and disorienting. You may have gone to the hospital and spoken to the police; you have family or coworkers you need to call; you may need to make child care arrangements and more. The insurance company isn’t one of your first concerns, but it is important to speak with them and report your accident. It’s best to contact the insurance company after getting a police report and you have received a medical examination.
It’s important to remember that speaking with the insurance company from the other side is when people most commonly make mistakes that compromise the amount of compensation they are able to seek. Some examples include saying they don’t believe they’re injured or they’re unsure who’s at fault. It’s best to consult with an experienced attorney before speaking to any insurance adjusters representing the person who caused your accident.
Document Your Expenses
If you have injuries, property damage, or other expenses related to another driver’s carelessness, you will need to provide an accurate and thorough record of all your bills in order to seek the most money you can. A record of your total financial loss will help your lawyer present how the accident affected you and how to calculate a fair settlement.
Here are some of the expenses for which you may be able to seek compensation:
- Ambulance rides
- Emergency visits
- Medical specialists
- Medical equipment
- Physical therapy
- Home health care
- Transportation to the hospital or medical appointments
- Home modifications
- Rental vehicles
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages or loss of future wages
With most injuries, people can lose wages from missing work while undergoing treatment or therapy. Some severe injuries can impact your ability to work in the future or work in the same job. Be sure to keep an accurate record of the scheduled dates and hours you missed due to the accident so you can seek compensation for your wages.
Hire a Car Accident Attorney
Even if you had a minor accident and you’re not sure if it’s worth getting a lawyer, it’s smart to seek a consultation to better understand your case. Many cases seem minor and straightforward at first, only to later reveal more significant injuries or more complexities in determining who was at fault.
With a car accident attorney, you will have the benefit of someone who is experienced in car accident injury cases and all the legal planning and preparation that goes into them. A car accident attorney will gather all the information, prepare your case, and speak with the insurance company to help you seek fair compensation for your injuries.
Call Lewis & Keller
If you were injured in a car accident caused by another driver’s recklessness, you have rights. At Lewis & Keller, we’re proud to be a champion for every client, whether in the courtroom or in negotiations. We will work hard to help you seek the fair compensation you deserve for your losses. Call 877-674-5047 or fill out our online form to get your free case review!