Survivors of car accidents, in many cases develop common psychological trauma. These problems vary widely. PTSD, cognitive impairment, insomnia and major depression are just a few unfortunate examples. This is because your attorney will look through any medical documentation a doctor or psychologist reports about your case. We’ll talk more about that later. For now, let’s discuss the reasons why helping these legal professionals will make you happier in the long run.
Typically, a car accident attorney can help you with every step of the way towards filing (and winning) a lawsuit or claim. In order to file a successful lawsuit, and to win that lawsuit, hiring an expert attorney is the first step in the right direction.
However, in order to help you as much as they can, they need your full co-operation and utter transparency. With your help, lawyers can generally help you with the following:
- Communicate with the other driver’s insurance agency
- Organise your medical records, bills and information
- Present this evidence this evidence to the courts to prove any liability and all damages on your behalf
- Work towards a settlement with insurance adjusters or defense attorney that fully compensate for aforementioned damages
- Build A Relationship
Lawyers are in their chosen field and area of law to make money; they are businesspeople. This is why it’s important for you to build a relationship with your hired lawyer or attorney. They are in the business of helping you, and stand by your side to receive every dollar of the settlement claim that you deserve. There is no reason you can’t befriend them personally. This will make the entire ordeal a lot more pleasurable for the both of you.
- Evidence of Liability
By now, we’ve gone over the importance of providing as much evidence as possible for providing liability. This includes taking as many photographs—as well as recorded video—of the accident scene as you possibly can. While the lawyer will undoubtedly speak with these individuals on your behalf, this process will only require more time and effort that they can expend on other areas of your claim.
- Medical Records
There is a difference between a lawyer that cares about filing your claim along with winning your file… and a lawyer who is merely going through the motions of doing so. A good lawyer obtains your medical records at whatever cost is necessary for making sure you are fully satisfied with your settlement. Sadly, many healthcare providers and hospitals lack the willingness to hand over personal medical records – even though you have every right to access your files. This is because healthcare providers, while brimming with good intentions, make it incredibly difficult for citizens to obtain and review their own medical records and files.
- Negotiating With Lien Holders
Do you receive benefits from a health, disability, or workers’ compensation insurer? If so, that insurer will undoubtedly place a lien on your file claim. A lien means that the lien holder will receive any payments from the settlement before you do – payments that you rightfully deserve. In order to prevent themselves from earning too much, your competent lawyer/attorney negotiates on your behalf with the lien holder. These legal professionals are skilled negotiators. The bottom line at this point is to keep as much payment from the settlement in your pocket as possible; an issue which some people unfortunately crack under the pressure and negotiate themselves into a hole.
For all this work that personal injury lawyers do to help you during this traumatic time, they charge a contingency fee. This fee should be discussed before hiring. If you would like to spare yourself from these expenses, it is entirely within reason that you can gather all necessary evidence, documents, prove liability and damages, and negotiate a settlement of your own accord. However, there are serious repercussions after car accident injuries that may leave you mentally unprepared to face the whirlwind of car accident settlements. Therefore, in order to retain your sanity, if your medical bill expenses totals more than $2,000, it is highly advisable to seek the counsel of a lawyer.