After getting into a crash with another party, you may know that you need to collect images of the scene or to exchange insurance information. What you may not realize is that you should also have your attorney on speed dial.
After any kind of collision that results in injuries, it’s a good idea to work with an attorney from the start. Once you seek medical care and are able to be stabilized, it’s appropriate to call an attorney to discuss the next steps.
Car crashes lead to serious injuries
Car crashes often lead to serious, life-changing injuries. Whether it’s because of a head injury, spinal cord injury or other wound, you may find that your life has been forever altered. You may no longer be able to work, may deal with chronic pain or have other issues that are concerning to you. It’s important that you know that your attorney can negotiate with the other party’s insurance on your behalf, so that you have the compensation you need to seek medical attention and to provide for yourself and your family now that you cannot work as you used to.
Your family may have a claim, too
In some cases, your family members may also have a role in your claim. For example, if a spouse loses their job because they need to take care of you at home, that should be accounted for in the insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
You may find that the insurance company offers you a settlement right away, and that should be a giant red flag to you. When an insurance company offers a settlement, the goal is normally to minimize the amount they pay out. They may be trying to offer you an amount that looks good but that doesn’t actually cover your needs.
Don’t take a settlement without talking to your attorney. Your attorney can help you understand how much you should expect and if this settlement is good enough for you to accept it. If not, they will work hard on your behalf and negotiate for a better payment.