There are a number of ways a lawyer can help you with your case after a car accident and while it’s possible for you to handle your case on your own, a lawyer will help build a stronger case.
Investigating Contributing Factors to the Accident
An experienced lawyer takes the time to investigate all the potential factors that contribute to a serious car accident. While the cause may seem obvious, there can be multiple different factors at play, such as lack of proper signage, bad road conditions, or vehicle malfunction.
Help Determine All Responsible Parties
A lawyer can pinpoint the contributing factors that caused the accident to identify all the responsible parties who may be liable for compensation. In cases where a vehicle can malfunction, such as a tire blowout, it can mean the manufacturer is partially to blame.
Obtain Necessary Evidence of Liability
A good lawyer will help get all the evidence that is needed to prove liability in a car accident claim. You may have already taken photographs of the scene, but your attorney will likely go back to the scene in order to see what it looks like. The attorney will also make sure to look at all the accident reports in the case and speak with witnesses and investigation police officers and leave no stone unturned in order to get evidence.
Obtaining Evidence of Damages
If you have suffered significant injuries from the car accident, this is where a good lawyer is important. It’s necessary to get all the documentation related to your injuries but it’s not always easy to get these bills and records from medical care providers. Even though these records are yours and you have the right to them, sending medical records out is not a medical care provider’s priority. Large hospitals may have protocols that need to be followed in order to get a request and if you don’t follow the procedures then they won’t respond. In order to strengthen your case and prosecute any type of claim, you need to be able to prove through medical evidence what your disability, physical limitation, or injury is and that it was caused by negligence. Doctors may not mention the extent of the disability in medical records. If this happens then it’s necessary for your lawyer to write your doctor and ask for a letter where the doctor gives an opinion that the accident caused your disability.
Estimate Future Accident-Related Expenses and Medical Costs
Lawyers will help you figure out all accident-related expenses and include any future estimated expenses. This will usually be done by consulting with your current doctors, as well as other medical professionals, in order to come up with an estimate of what future expenses can be based on injuries you have. Without projecting your future cost, you may not get all the compensation you deserve.
Communicate with the Other Driver’s Insurance
Your lawyer will open up the line of communication with other parties involved. The insurance adjuster has the pocketbook so it’s important for your lawyer to have a good relationship and communications with the adjuster.
Negotiating Your Settlement
Your lawyer will be the one to negotiate your settlement and this is a skill. A lawyer is going to be much better at settling a case than you would be on your own. A good lawyer can see how much the case is worth and knows what needs to be done to get the most from the insurer. The insurance company’s interest is going to be in minimizing the pay out in order to protect profit margin. The initial offer is going to be far less than what the claim will be worth. The insurance company for the at-fault driver is going to offer a lower amount in hopes that you accept the settlement and sign something that says you won’t sue for further damages. The lawyer is great at interpreting confusing laws and statutes and how best to negotiate so that you get a fair settlement amount.
Helps You Out with Debt Collectors
While this may not strengthen your case, a lawyer can help out with other items with your case. After a car accident, your attention needs to be on recovery and your health. The last thing you need is to have debt collectors bothering you about payments for your medical bills. A lawyer can directly deal with the debt collector and let them know about the pending claims in order to put a stop to harassment.
Deal with Insurance Company Adjusters
This is another area where you don’t want to be bothered when it comes to your recovery. Any information you provide can be held against you so having your lawyer deal with adjusters can mean that your statements don’t get misconstrued.
Can You Do It Alone?
While it is possible to handle your case alone, especially for a small case, a lawyer can help you if your case could be more complicated. If you were out of work for a week or more, or medical bills are more than $3,000, it’s best to hire a lawyer.