If you have been in a car accident that was caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Being injured in a car accident can put the brakes on your personal and professional life, and with the assistance of a car accident attorney from RHW Law, you can rest-assured that you will collect the compensation you are entitled to.
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In this article we’ll explore a few of the common causes of car accidents, and how your local car accident attorney can help you recover the full amount you are entitled to.
Being Hit by an Irresponsible Driver Entitles You to Compensation for Damages
If you have been in a car accident caused by someone or something else, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. The process begins by applying the law and case precedent to the unique facts and circumstances of your accident. For example, if a driver was being irresponsible by paying attention to something other than the road while driving and they got in an accident, they would be liable for the damages as they were engaging in distracted driving. Alternatively, literally all drunk driving accidents are preventable, and if you were hit by a drunk driver, you are entitled to compensation for your damages.
How do you know what the other driver was doing before the accident? It isn’t likely you were able to peer inside the vehicle of the driver that hit you to see if they were being safe and sober while driving. The answer is: by collecting evidence, which is provided for by putting legal instruments like depositions, interrogatories, and requests for production to work.
While you might not have the time to learn the law and how to apply it to your case when trying to recover from your injuries, the highly experienced car accident attorneys at RHW Law are standing by to use the law and every legal instrument available to make the most of your compensation.
Your Damages Include Both Short- and Long-Term Costs Linked to Your Injury
It is important to remember that when you have been injured in a car accident, your damages should cover both short-and long-term expenses. When it comes to your medical bills, your short-term costs will be the emergency room bills associated with the accident, and in the long-term any ongoing medications, treatment, or rehabilitation that your injuries might require.
You are also entitled to compensation for your lost wages and earnings potential. In the short-term, these damages should include the wages and work benefits like sick and vacation time that you missed out on when recovering from your injuries. In the long-term, you are entitled to compensation for any change in your earnings ability caused by your injuries, from the time of your accident through your working life.
Calculating the damages that you are entitled to is a complex process, and is especially difficult when you are trying to recover from your accident, highlighting the value of having an attorney help on your case.
You Can Only Collect Damages that You Prove with Evidence
While in an ideal world your damages would kick in automatically when you are injured, this is unfortunately not the case. You can only pursue damages that you proactively claim, and can only collect damages that you can prove. The process begins generally by contacting the insurance company of the party that caused the accident. This requires that you collect evidence in support of your medical and work-related costs, and then submit these costs in the form of a claim that adheres to the guidelines required by the insurance company and the law.
Without evidence, you will not be able to collect on any damages. Your local car accident attorney from RHW Law will handle your claim from start to finish, so that you can focus on recovering from your accident while your attorney focuses on making the most of your damages.
Remember the Insurance Company Does Not Work for You, They Work for Profit
When you are pursuing coverage for the damages related to your injuries, it is important to remember that the insurance company does not work for you, they work for profit. Like any other for-profit business, insurance companies make a profit by maximizing earnings and minimizing costs. Earnings for the insurance company are the premiums they collect from insurance customers, and their costs are the amount of employee time and resources spent paying out on claims to injured persons like yourself.
The insurance company makes more profit by denying whichever claims they can, and paying as little as possible on those claims they cannot deny. Insurance companies have even been known to deny rightful claims in the hopes that you will not appeal, or that you will accept less than you are entitled to just to collect something and finish the lengthy process.
Your Car Accident Attorney Negotiates and Communicates on Your Behalf
One of the main benefits of having an attorney on your case is the fact that they step into your shoes and handle all communications and negotiations with the insurance company and opposing parties for you, taking the stress out of your day-to-day life. Immediately upon starting on your case, your attorney will notify the insurance companies and other parties that they will be the exclusive point of contact for your case moving forward. This allows you to rest-assured that your experienced legal advocate will make the most of your case, while you focus on getting past your accident and recovering from your injuries.
Connect with a Local Car Accident Attorney from RHW Law Now!
If you have been in an accident caused by someone or something else and been injured, you could be entitled to compensation for your damages. Reaching out to an attorney as soon as possible after your accident, after receiving emergency medical care, will help to ensure that your attorney has the opportunity to collect the evidence you need to make the most of your claim or case.
For a risk-free case consultation to explore options on your accident, schedule a consultation with RHW Law today!
When should I contact an attorney about my car accident?
The time to contact an attorney is as soon as possible following your accident, after you have received emergency medical attention. It is important to seek out immediate emergency medical attention as the excitement and adrenaline of the accident can lead to you overlooking injuries. Once you have visited the emergency room, connecting with a local car accident attorney from RHW Law will help you assemble the best case possible in support of your claim.
Do I need to find experts for follow-up opinions and schedule appointments with them?
You can only collect damages that you can prove, and damages are proved by collecting evidence in support of your case. To accurately calculate your short- and long-term damages, you’ll need not only emergency room medical bills, but also follow-up appointments from medical and occupational experts. These experts determine the long-term implications of your injuries, and how they will impact your ability to work. Your local car accident attorney from RHW Law already has a network of local professionals and will schedule your appointments with them, saving you the time of searching for professionals with time available then handling all the related logistics. Your attorney handles everything for you.
How much is my car accident claim worth?
The amount that your car accident is worth depends upon the unique facts and circumstances of your accident, and how the law and prior case outcomes apply to them. Recovering the full amount you are entitled to requires the collection of accurate and complete evidence, and the presentation of a claim to the insurance company sufficient for them to offer a fair settlement. This is not always something that happens, and if the insurance company will not provide you with a fair and complete settlement, we will take them to court on your behalf to ensure they do.
Should I negotiate with the insurance company on my own first?
You might receive a fast offer of settlement from the insurance company and it might seem to cover your immediate emergency bills, car repairs, and maybe even a bit more. However, it is important to not accept a settlement offer before you have fully calculated both your short- and long-term damages from your injury. When you accept a settlement offer, you are agreeing that you can pursue nothing further from the accident. If your injuries remain and require additional medical attention, you’ll be paying the bills, and if your injuries worsen and prevent you from working, your family will miss out on your income.
Can I afford a car accident attorney from RHW Law?
You might be surprised to learn that if RHW Law takes your case, it will cost you nothing up-front, and nothing out-of-pocket, as your attorney works on contingency. This means that your attorney is only paid if they win on your case, out of a portion of the earnings you agree upon before work begins. There is no risk in reaching out for a case review, so connect with your local car accident attorney from RHW Law now to discuss options on your accident.