If you have been hit by another driver and ended up injured, you may be entitled to much more than just medical expenses and a car repair. Most accident cases end up in a settlement. Read on and find out what steps will lead up to being presented with a check for your damages.
Make the Right Moves
You should be ready to cover your bases and do the right things if you want to be paid. Take care of the below actions and you could be compensated:
- Seek medical care for your accident injuries and strictly follow medical orders.
- Do not speak to the other driver, their insurer, or on social media about the accident.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Speak to a personal injury lawyer about your case and enter into an agreement for representation.
Learn About Settlements
Speak to your lawyer about your chances of settling your case. Some cases are complex and will settle but it could take more time to do so. Other cases end up going to court because of disagreements and conflicts when it comes to fault and damages. Know what type of case you have and what to expect in terms of timing. Your case will settle depending on the case's complexity and the severity of your injuries.
Ask for Money
Once you have turned all your expenses and records over to your attorney, they will add everything up and discuss money with you. You will agree with your lawyer on how much you are owed and then a letter is formed to send to the other side, which is comprised of the other driver and their insurer.
The demand letter lists the reasons why they owe you money and how that can be proven. For example, the letter might allude to photographs and witness statements that will show proof of who caused the accident.
Once the demand letter is sent, your personal injury lawyer will do some back-and-forth by talking with the other driver's insurer in an effort to come to an agreement. The negotiations go on until an offer is accepted. Once you agree to the offer and sign the paperwork, you are locked into it and changes cannot be made. Discuss the agreement with your attorney before you sign it.
To learn more about what to expect with your accident settlement case, speak to a personal injury lawyer.