Does the accident warrant a case?
No matter what the accident circumstances may be – a hit and run, sideswiped by a heavy vehicle, or a defective car part, or a serious injury due to drunk or careless driving on another driver's part – you might be looking at a case here.
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To be absolutely certain, you can ask yourself the following questions. They'll help you determine exactly why and when a case needs to be filed:
- Are the injuries you got from the accident serious or require hefty medical bills?
- Who is to blame for the collision?
- Where did the accident take place?
- Is there a need to be admitted to a hospital and are there any surgical procedures involved?
- Are the injuries long-term or permanent?
- What car insurance do you have?
- What are the damages to your vehicle?
- Was either individual(s) under the influence of illegal substances?
- Have you missed out on work or any important life events as a result?
- If I do have a case, where do I go from here?
- When you end up having to file a case, you can expect your lawyer to undertake the following:
- Thoroughly investigate the scene of the accident
- Determine the exact cause of the crash
- Completely protect and support your rights
- Keep the insurance companies from "getting to you" or making you the victim of an unfair settlement
- Handling all the paperwork and medical bills
Ensuring the entire process goes along smoothly; you don't need the stress as you're going to focus on getting better and recover from the trauma
How much is my case worth?
Before determining the value of your case, it is important to take into account that every detail and fact about the scene and accident has to be established completely with 100% accuracy. Therefore, it can be very difficult, even unethical for car accident lawyers to give an estimate up front.
If a law firm claims they are willing to give you an estimate up front before you agree to undertake them, don't take a chance. You shouldn't take the insurance company's word either; they'll try to settle the case as cheaply as possible.
The best you can do is ponder over certain questions to help you determine how much it could take:
- How did you get injured or what specifically?
- Is surgery needed now or somewhere down the road?
- Your medical bills; are they simply out of your reach?
- Did you miss out on work as a result?
- If you missed out, were you not paid because of it?
- What's the proposed recovery time? Is it going to take regular trips to the hospital or doctor?
- Did the accident leave any scarring or disfigurement?
- What kind of impact has the accident had on your work or personal life?
- Were there witnesses present at the scene?
- Was the use of alcohol or other illegal substances a factor?