The American Bar Association (ABA) reports that most personal injury cases get settled before reaching trial. This includes car accident cases. Many claimants are able to get the money they need through out-of-court negotiations. So, car accidents do not often go to court.
You may not know whether you need to file a lawsuit to recover compensation at the onset of your personal injury case. You should consider the value of working with a lawyer so they can chart a course of action for your situation.
You May Be Able to Recover Compensation Through an Insurance Settlement
When you get into a car accident, one of the first things you will need to do is report the accident to your insurance company, even if you were not at fault for the collision. Depending on the nature of your accident, you may be able to recover compensation through negotiations with the liable insurance company.
If the liable insurance company does not extend a fair settlement, then you can file a lawsuit. However, negotiations can continue even after you file. At this point, most cases settle. Only when plaintiffs cannot secure a pre-trial settlement will their case go to court.
You Can Work with a Car Accident Lawyer
You have the right to legal representation. Handling your legal matters without representation can prove to be a tiresome, arduous experience – especially if you sustained life-threatening injuries. You deserve to focus on your physical recovery while a lawyer advocates for your right to fair compensation.
A lawyer can do the following for you:
Negotiate with Insurers
Insurance negotiations can be frustrating and may take longer than you expect. Your lawyer can take on this task for you. A lawyer can also work to counteract any unfair insurance practices that may work to deny or undervalue your claim.
Answer Your Questions
Regardless of the path your case takes, your lawyer will be there for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They can walk you through the entire legal process and explore all avenues of recovering compensation. They will keep in touch with you throughout the duration of your case, either over the phone, via the internet, through text, or in person.
Advocate for Your Rights
You have rights after an accident. A lawyer can be your advocate. You might be confused about the legal process or be unsure of your financial recovery options. However, just because you are uncertain about some aspects of your case does not give the insurance company the right to take advantage of the situation.
Steps to Take Following a Car Accident
You should keep all of your accident-related receipts, prescriptions, and insurance correspondence in one place. These pieces of information can be useful when your lawyer builds your case.
You should not post about the accident to social media. The insurance company will scour the internet for any proof that you are not as affected by the accident as you claim. Any post that you make can be taken out of context and be used to question the validity of your case.
Do not accept the first offer the insurance company presents you with. Speak with a lawyer about what your case might be worth. For instance, many people do not consider the future cost of their injuries. You might have chronic symptoms for the rest of your life. You have the right to pursue benefits for this kind of loss. A lawyer can estimate the cost of your damages and fight for a fair settlement on your behalf.
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers Will Stand By You
Our team has helped South Carolina and Georgia residents recover compensation for their damages for many years, in a variety of personal injury situations. It is possible for you to recover a settlement without having to file a lawsuit.
At George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers, we are ready to determine liability and negligence for your car accident case. Let us utilize our resources and knowledge to help you and your family. Call today for a free consultation with a member of our team. We will not charge you anything upfront for our services.