After an accident, the last thing many victims want to think about is taking legal action. It doesn't have to be complicated, though. You might not need to go to court to get the compensation you are owed by a careless driver. To be paid for your medical bills, car damages, lost wages, and pain and suffering, three simple steps might be all that is needed. Read on and be compensated quickly and easily.
1. Speak to a Personal Injury Attorney
Things are confusing after an accident, and you will need to focus on healing from your injuries. That is just one reason to talk to a personal injury lawyer as soon as you can. They will take the burden of dealing with the financial aspects of the case off your hands, so you can take care of yourself and your family. Your attorney will review the information you provide and advise you on how to proceed. In many cases, you can find out how much you are owed and how your attorney will seek that compensation from the other side (the other driver and their insurer).
2. Let Them Know What You Need
You can be offered a settlement in a matter of weeks just by letting the other side know what you need and expect. A demand letter may be one of your attorney's first moves after they agree to take your case. This letter is full of important facts about the case, such as why you were not at fault for the accident. A list of the evidence available at this time is included. Evidence like the police report, eye-witness statements, photographs, and more can often convince the other side to make a settlement offer and that gets the negotiations started. Finally, the amount of money you are demanding to be paid to settle the case is stated in the letter.
3. Agree to a Settlement
Some back-and-forth between your lawyer and the other side is expected as the settlement is negotiated. In some cases, you may have demanded a large amount that leaves you room for negotiations. You and your lawyer will evaluate any offers to ensure that you can have all of your accident needs covered. If the settlement doesn't happen, you can always go to court. Almost all accident cases, however, settle outside of court.
Speak to a personal injury attorney about your case to learn more.