3 Tips To Maximize Your Auto Accident Compensation
Car accidents are tough to deal with because of the injuries and emotional trauma that can come after. They can also put an immense financial strain on those involved. Hospital costs for injuries and any repairs that need to be done on your car can set you back a large amount.
However, you may be entitled to compensation, which can help ease your burden. Knowing what they are owed is tough for the uninformed, so here are three simple tips to help you maximize the compensation you can get after a car accident.
You Can Reject Your First Settlement Offers
It’s quite common for drivers at fault and their insurance companies to encourage or even intimidate people to settle as quickly and for as little money as possible. If you receive an offer soon after the accident occurs, do not feel overwhelmed or excited to say yes immediately. You will most likely still be compensated even if you reject the first offer.
If the other driver’s attorney or your insurance company tries to coerce you to agree to a “one-time only” offer, do not accept it. The first settlement offer should be the beginning of the negotiation process, never the end of it.
Undergo Regular Checkups Before Settling
While 911 responders may take you to the emergency room after the accident, relying on the medical documents you receive afterward is not enough. Seeing a doctor regularly, preferably once a week, is a good way to keep track of any other signs of physical or emotional trauma you may require treatment for. It is your right to be fully compensated for the full extent of your injuries—use this to your advantage.
Also, remember that you should be compensated not only for your medical bills but also for the time it takes to attend checkups and receive treatment. If your appointments fall during work hours, or if you’re unable to go to work because of the accident, you deserve to be compensated for every dollar you don’t earn. If anyone tells you otherwise, consult an auto accident lawyer immediately.
Do Not Admit To Fault Or Settle Without Seeing A Lawyer
Whether it’s right after the accident or while talking to a first responder, never admit to fault without consulting an auto accident lawyer. A statement as simple as “Sorry, I didn’t see you coming!” can cost you the case. Until you see an attorney, you can’t be sure if the accident was entirely your fault.
Instead, consult an auto accident attorney as soon as you’ve collected proper evidence and seen a doctor. You should finish those tasks within a few days after the accident. Waiting too long to get an attorney may cost you your compensation, regardless if you’re at fault.
If you are ever faced with a car accident, seeking proper legal representation can help smooth out the process of getting the compensation you deserve. Justice Pays is a personal injury law firm backed by decades of experience. We are dedicated to getting our clients what they are owed because that’s what justice is all about. Contact Justice Pays today to learn more.