If you have never been in a car accident, statistically speaking, that is rarer than it is common. Multiple car accidents happen every second. The results can vary from minor injuries and property damage to catastrophic outcomes or even death.
You may be left wondering what to do. Can you get a reasonable settlement without an attorney? The short answer is yes. You can represent yourself, negotiate with insurance companies and the other parties involved, and see what you can achieve without legal representation.
However, this may not lead to the outcome you desire without the experience involved in years of working with clients that have been injured in a car accident.
What Should I Do Immediately After an Accident?
It is important to note that some injuries or damage to your vehicle aren’t apparent immediately after the accident. Minor injuries can quickly become severe issues if you haven’t addressed them. For example, it can be tough to determine if you experienced any head trauma if you seem to have walked away unscathed. What if you experienced a mild concussion that later brought on other issues or constant dizzy spells?
What if your car seemed to have no visible damage, but shortly you discover that due to the accident, there are issues with your engine, or your brakes aren’t functioning as they once did before the accident?
It is crucial to thoroughly investigate all details after any accident, both on your person and vehicle.
What Damages Can I Recover in a Car Accident Case?
Things like the cost of your medical bills or lost wages can seem like the apparent financial strain that you would want to be compensated for. The ongoing costs that may be associated with your accident are often overlooked. Are you still able to work at the same level as before the accident?
Are you now working for a lower wage due to your physical limitations based on your injuries? Were you able to find an alternative means of getting to work if your vehicle needed repair or was totaled? Those costs can be included in the damages that you report as well.
There isn’t a black and white rule for what compensation you will be eligible for after an accident. Insurance companies are highly trained to protect themselves and the best interest of their company, rather than having your best interest at heart. This is another reason to consider working with an experienced attorney who will have your best interest at heart at every step.
Can I Afford an Attorney?
It can seem counter-productive to want to hire an attorney to obtain compensation if you are already in financial distress due to personal injury. However, you leave money on the table by not thoroughly investigating what you are rightfully owed. You forget to add in factors that can make significant changes in what you can recover and more. Though a skilled personal injury lawyer will cost some to hire, it can pay significantly to have someone knowledgeable about these incidents and walk you through the process. Contact our office today at (608) 448-6242 to learn more about how we can help.