When you get into an accident, your whole world may come crashing down as well. In the blink of an eye, you could find yourself facing an uncertain future with long-term disabilities. You may find that you are unable to work again in your chosen profession or that you no longer have the ability to provide for yourself and your family. Even if you escaped your accident relatively unharmed, you may not receive a fair offer from the insurance company. You may have your claim denied, even when the accident was not your fault. When this occurs, you need someone on your side. Fortunately, after an accident, there are numerous ways an Atlanta accident attorney can help you.
Dealing with Debt Collectors
Medical bills and expenses often become overwhelming for injured accident victims and their families. Creditors don’t care that you are injured and unable to work. They simply want to get paid. After an accident, your attorney can deal with hospital billing departments and debt collectors. They can inform them of pending claims occurring and help stop the harassing phone calls you may be receiving. This will also protect your credit during the legal process.
Handling the Insurance Companies
After an accident, the “at fault” party is responsible for paying the damages associated with the accident. However, insurance companies have one main goal: to pay out as little as possible. This means that they will often look for any reason to reduce or even deny your claim. They may offer you a lowball settlement at first that is just a fraction of what you need and deserve. Their adjusters then use a “take it or leave it” approach to pressure injured accident victims into signing quickly. Do not sign anything without first speaking to an Atlanta accident attorney.
Your accident attorney can handle the insurance companies for you, so you can focus your energy on your recovery. While you attend therapy sessions and doctor’s appointments, your lawyer can negotiate with the insurance companies and protect your rights to full compensation. Accident attorneys are experienced and skilled negotiators and can often obtain significantly more compensation for injured accident victims. Insurance companies are often unlikely to offer you the full value of your claim without a lawyer on your side.
Investigating Your Accident
Accidents are rarely cut and dry. In many cases, multiple parties may be to blame. After an accident, you need a lawyer in your corner to investigate the crash and identify all liable parties. For example, a vehicle manufacturer may share liability if the crash was caused by a defective part.
When investigating the crash, your accident attorney may need to: Interview eyewitnesses; Employ accident reconstruction teams; Speak to experts; Meet with your medical team; Review the police report and Examine crash site and damage to vehicles.
A proper investigation can take months to perform and often requires extensive resources. Without a lawyer working on your case, you may miss critical evidence or fail to recognize a liable party, such as a manufacturer or government entity. This could affect the outcome of your case significantly.
Fighting for Maximum Compensation
One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is signing a settlement offer too quickly. Once you sign a settlement, you cannot pursue future compensation. As such, it is important for any offer to include the money you need to pay for your medical expenses and damages both now — and in the future.
An accident attorney will work with your medical team to understand and evaluate the full scope of your injuries and how they will affect your future. Will your injuries prevent you from working? Will you require future surgeries or medical treatment? How will your injuries affect your overall quality of life?
Your attorney will project future costs with your medical team and then fight for you to receive all the money you deserve. Without an experienced accident attorney on your side, you could miss out on the compensation you need to complete your recovery.
Contact Our Atlanta Accident Lawyers
After an injury accident, you need a law firm on your side that understands the issues and complications that you face. You need a lawyer that can go toe-to-toe with insurance companies and win. Our law firm has the experience and resources needed to tackle even the toughest accident cases. Give us the opportunity to show you why so many injured accident victims in Atlanta choose us to represent them after a crash. Call 404-587-8946 or fill out our confidential contact form. Just call and JUST WIN.