Make Things Easier After An AccidentShare
Being involved in a car accident can be extremely stressful. Don't add to that stress by taking on issues you don't need to worry about. Follow the tips below to make it easier on yourself while still gaining your fair share of accident compensation.
Regain Your Health
No matter how minor the accident, you can be badly hurt, and you could find yourself in the hospital. While you are in the hospital or on bedrest at home, resist the urge to work on your case. Some things can wait, so don't allow yourself to be rushed. As soon as you feel better, call your insurance provider and fill them in on the accident.
You may be contacted by the other driver's insurance agency at some point, particularly if the other driver was at fault. However, you don't have to speak to them. It's the worst possible time to give a recorded statement to the insurer, especially when they don't have your best interests at heart.
Seek Professional Advice
When you are up and around, phone a personal injury lawyer and set things up for a consultation. Many law offices provide a free consultation, and they often will talk to you about your case over the phone. If the lawyer agrees that you have a good case and wants to work with you, they can email you documents to sign and return. If you can drive, you may want to visit in person, though. Your lawyer will give you advice about what you should and should not do in the coming weeks as your case against the at-fault driver gets underway.
Convey Your Demands
You don't have to go to court to get paid. Taking it easy can mean you settle your case outside of court. Your lawyer will send the other side a letter containing your demands. The demand is the amount of compensation you and your lawyer have decided is enough to cover your medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and vehicle damage.
Even if the other side refuses to comply with your demands, at least they now know that you are represented by a lawyer and that you expect to be paid for your damages. While you continue to recuperate, your lawyer will work with the other side to negotiate a suitable settlement sum.
Once you work out a deal, your lawyer will send you some paperwork to be signed, and compensation will closely follow. For more information, contact a car accident lawyer.