Did you or a loved one get involved in a car wreck and got seriously injured? Read these 3 car accident facts, then give our Virginia attorney a call today.
1. Choosing a Car Accident Attorney
People often ask me, “What’s the best choice for me in finding a personal injury attorney to represent me after a car crash in Virginia?” There are over 14,000 attorneys practicing in this state, so it’s a real hard choice to make between one attorney or another for any given case. In a personal injury case, you can often rely on client reputation. That is what kind of reputation or awards have been received by that attorney, either by past client reviews or industry awards. The other thing to look for is somebody with a lot of experience, because any time you’re involved in a personal injury case, it has a high-probability of going forward to litigation, and you want an experienced attorney who knows his or her way around the courthouse in order to be able to represent you as well as possible in a complex case. Certainly the more serious your injuries, the more specialization you need in the attorney that you choose in doing personal injury work, because the case becomes far more complex to present. Always look for experience, client reviews, and awards to make sure that you’re hiring the right attorney for you in your personal injury case in Virginia.
2. Car Accident Settlement Offers
People often ask me, “Is it okay to accept a Virginia car crash settlement offer at the first offer step?” Normally, insurance companies are sophisticated enough to know that if they offer a quick payment for a low sum, that it’s far more likely an injured person will accept that offer without understanding the consequences. For example, when you take that offer, that is the only money you get from the case, regardless of what happens to your injury or your recovery process after that date. More importantly, the offer is usually extraordinarily low. It probably only covers your medical expense and a few hundred dollars for what they call compensation for other things. They don’t go into the details of all the days that you suffered with headaches, back pain, or neck pain as a result of the crash, or explain to you what the value of those components might be, because they’re harder to value than the actual dollar amount of your bills or lost wages. Don’t take the first offer. It’s far better for you to retain an attorney and thoroughly evaluate your case, because it may be worth much more than what any insurance company is willing to offer you within a week or two after the crash.
3. Car Accident Claims
Let’s get dangerous aggressive drivers off our streets before people get hurt, in the interests of safety for the benefit of our entire community. But when people are hurt by aggressive drivers, I’m often asked by my clients what all the steps are that you have to take to get from the beginning to the end of a Virginia car crash personal injury case. These types of cases are usually a long, drawn out process. It’s relatively rare that somebody can resolve their case within three or six months of a car crash. The reason is because there’s an ongoing period of medical care to help in the recovery process, and normally you have to wait until the end of that to make your claim in order to be sure that you have accounted for and presented all of the injury-related expenses in the case in order to ensure you recover the full cost of your recovery care.
In any given case, it will take a very careful evaluation and presentation of all of the details of the injuries, the cost to recover from those injuries, the ancillary losses such as wage losses and orthotic aids, therapies that you went through, prescription medications that you’ve had to purchase for pain relief and other kinds of recovery efforts, and detailed future care plans with cost estimates. These case preparation efforts are very difficult to generalize to every case. Most important is the need to get started early, especially if you don’t have health insurance. Ask us about the health care cost deferral programs that some doctors will offer to get the care you need on a deferred billing basis to be paid at the end of your case from your recovery. Then, document all of your medical care and other losses, and work closely with your attorney to present the best case for the best value in your recovery.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a motor vehicle crash and have questions about these 3 car accident facts? Contact a Virginia car accident lawyer at The Strong Law Firm today for a free confidential consultation and case evaluation. Let our experience work for you.
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