3 Ways A Personal Injury Attorney Can Assist You After An Accident

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Most people rarely think about their legal options after an accident until it is too late, and they are focusing only on recovery. If you are ever involved in an accident that results directly from the negligence of another person, it is advisable to contact an attorney who can assist you with filing a personal injury claim. Keep reading below to discover just three major ways in which a personal injury attorney can help you after you have been in an accident.

Setting Expectations

If you have never filed a personal injury claim before, you likely have no idea what to expect going forward. Alternatively, your expectations may be misguided; many people, for example, think that all personal injury claims are settled in court, when the reality is that very few are. A personal injury attorney can help set realistic expectations so that you aren't surprised by any of the legal proceedings surrounding your case. You will have a clear idea of what kind of compensation you may be awarded, and what steps you need to take in the meantime.

Working for the Best Possible Settlement

Even if you think a settlement amount offered by an insurance company is fair, you may not be taking into account all possible damages in your case. In many cases, these include not just all medical bills directly related to the accident but also lost income or wages due to an inability to work. On top of this, you may be eligible to claim damages for emotional distress or pain and suffering, as defined by the courts. An attorney can work to make sure that your settlement includes all of the compensation you deserve. Don't let a desire to settle a case as quickly as possible deter you from the best possible settlement.

Obtaining Evidence

If you find yourself in the middle of a long recovery process, including one in which you are hospitalized for weeks or even months, then you are not likely to have the time or energy to obtain evidence for your case. Gathering evidence may include getting official reports from eyewitnesses, testimony from medical experts, or other people relevant to the case who can bolster your side of the story. Without an attorney to do all of this on your behalf, you are not likely to get the evidence you need in order to succeed in your personal injury case.

For more information, contact a local personal injury attorney.


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