How an Attorney Can Help You in a Car Accident Claim
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on April 28, 2017 in Car Accidents
Although car accident claims may seem simple and straightforward, there are some cases which become complex and may require legal guidance to settle.
If you are unfamiliar with the claims system, it may be in your best interest to consult with an experienced attorney who can help you file a claim after a car accident.
An experienced attorney can offer crucial legal guidance and help you by handling several aspects of the claims process, which may increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
Communicating With Insurance Companies
If you were injured in a car accident, an insurance company will most likely be involved.
It is important that you understand insurance companies are not concerned with your best interests and are primarily focused on saving money. This means an insurer will use any evidence or testimony to reduce or deny your claim and prevent you from being fully compensated for the damages you sustained during the wreck.
An attorney’s goal is to help make sure the insurance company has a minimal effect on your claim. A lawyer will do so handling all communications and negotiations with the insurance company.
By hiring a car accident attorney, you are protecting your interests and increasing your chances of recovering fair compensation.
A skilled attorney will work to produce results that reflect your best interests and accept offers and settlements that reasonably reflect the damages in your claim.
Gathering Evidence to Prove Liability
In order to prove the other party caused your accident because of his or her negligence, you will need to collect evidence that supports your claim.
If you were injured during the car accident, you must collect all documented medical records and expenses that relate to your injuries. Your medical records should accurately describe the exact nature of your injury and whether it was caused by the negligent driver involved in your car accident.
However, this documentation can be difficult to acquire. Hospitals often have special procedures that must be followed in order to receive a response to a medical records request.
If you are unaware of these procedures and incorrectly file a medical records request, you may not receive a response or the request could be denied.
An attorney who understands the records request process can quickly and efficiently gather all information related to your injury.
A qualified attorney will also know to acquire a written testimony from your treating medical practitioner stating that your injuries were a direct cause of the other party’s negligence.
A key piece of evidence that could prove the other driver is liable for the car crash is the police accident report written by the responding police officer.
It will often hold the accounts of all those involved in the accident as well those who witnessed the events. The accident report should provide a detailed description of the accident scene and the officer’s conclusion as to who may have been at fault for the collision.
An attorney will be able to acquire a Milwaukee Police Department Traffic Accident and Crash Report and analyze the testimonies from those involved and witnesses to the crash, the motorists’ driving patterns, vehicle or property damage, the conditions of the drivers, and the responding police officer’s initial impression of the car accident.
If there are any inconsistencies in the accident report or it shows the other driver’s negligence may have caused the collision, an attorney can use this information to prove his or her liability.
This will also be crucial in recovering compensation for any property damage you suffered, such as vehicle repair costs.
Handling All Negotiations
An insurance company might make you an initial offer that is unreasonably low and does not accurately reflect the damages you suffered from the car accident.
This will require you to negotiate with the insurer to come up with a better offer or reach a settlement to avoid a potential trial.
However, negotiating with an insurer is one of the most difficult aspects of the claims process and may damage you claim’s value if you do not consult with an attorney beforehand.
A qualified and experienced attorney would have developed the ability to understand the evidence supporting your claim and use it as leverage to reach a fair outcome on your behalf.
An attorney will also recognize the tactics insurance companies use to deny or reduce the value of your claim, such as accusing you of being the at-fault party or claiming that your negligence also contributed to the collision.
A lawyer who understands the claims process will know how to prevent these tactics from affecting your claim and can maintain its true value so you are provided with the compensation you deserve.
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys in Milwaukee
If you were injured in a car accident that was not your fault, you may have legal options that entitles you to compensation for damages.
The Milwaukee car accident attorneys at PKSD are experienced and proficient in handling insurance claims and may increase our clients’ chances of recovering the compensation they deserve.
We can review your claim during a free initial consultation to determine if you are able to pursue damages from the at-fault driver who caused your accident.
Our services are always provided on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not charge clients upfront for our legal services. We only require payment if we reach a fair outcome for your claim.
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