Most accident victims have plenty of questions following a car crash, and many have no idea where to turn to find answers. Some will contact a personal injury attorney in the Phoenix area and of those who do, many will have the same concerns and the same worries. Who is responsible for their damages? How will they pay their bills while they are unable to work? Will they be able to receive all the medical treatment they need?
Among the most common questions that we receive is from victims who want to know how they can maximize the value of their cases. When serious injuries are involved, this can be a significant issue as insurance companies often are unwilling to pay on full value. Victims should know that insurance companies are in the business of making money, which means they must take in more money than they pay out in claims. For this reason, an insurance company will attempt to settle a claim for as little as possible, and in that attempt, often will offer much less than a claim is worth.
If you were hurt in an accident and you want to maximize the value of your case, the best thing you can do is to work with a personal injury lawyer. A personal injury lawyer has experience representing victims of accident and helping them get the relief that they deserve from an insurance company or from other sources. Further, these attorneys have handled accident claims previously which means they know what steps to take to protect a victim’s rights and to ensure they get the best representation possible. Finally, a lawyer will know what a claim is worth based on prior dealings and communications with other attorneys. If an insurance company is attempting to short change an injury victim, a lawyer can help identify the issue and level the playing field by providing professional help to those who are hurt.
Beyond simply having an attorney involved, there are other ways to make sure that the totality of your damages are brought to light and therefore that your claim will be maximized monetarily. Victims should disclose all relevant medical treatment to their lawyer to ensure that it all can be included in a claim. Other damages should be considered as well, like whether you were forced to miss time from work due to your injuries or whether your injuries prevented you from engaging in your normal activities. For example, if you are an avid volunteer and a car accident prevented you from participating in your volunteer duties, it may affect the value of your claim.
Utilizing the services of a lawyer can help flesh out damages with others in an authoritative position. For example, the use of testimony by one of your treating physicians may support your claim of inconvenience due to your injuries. Or the use of a retained expert can help explain the forces involved in a collision or a fall, enabling an insurance company to justify the full value of your claim.
In the end, every case is different and different steps should be taken in the pursuit of each claim but if you want to maximize the value of your case, consider working with skilled legal representation who can help you through the process and who can make sure your interests come first.
If you have questions or if you need help, consider calling the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and letting one of our attorneys provide you with a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation. We have someone standing by 24 hours a day to talk to you when it is convenient for you so please do not wait.
Call Abels & Anes, P.C. today and let us fight for the relief that you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Arizona Experiences a Large Number of Bicycle Accidents Every Year, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 12, 2015.