Tips for Dealing with an Auto Accident Claim

June 30th, 2017 by

If you’ve been injured in a car crash or motorcycle accident, no doubt you’re trying to figure out how to handle your injury claim. If it’s already been determined by the police that the other driver is at fault, then you are entitled to receive compensation to help pay for your medical bills as well as lost wages and other expenses. But, how should you go about collecting that, and how much should you expect? These are difficult questions that have no firm answers, because much depends on the details of your specific situation. However, regardless of those particulars, there are a couple of things you should keep in mind as you move forward.

Dealing with an Auto Accident Claim

– Hire a Lawyer

This should go without saying, but unfortunately it has to be said: in any sort of car crash-related injury compensation scenario, legal services are a good idea. Even if the other insurance company seems to be reasonable and helpful, don’t forget that they are ultimately in business to make money, so they will look for the cheapest possible settlement as quickly as possible. An experienced legal team can help you make sure you’re actually getting what you deserve.

– Don’t Sign Anything. Yet.

In any injury claim, whether it’s a car crash, a motorcycle accident, or some other type, the insurance company is most likely going to work to convince you to settle as quickly as possible. Listen to their offer, but do not sign anything. If the insurance company is paying your bills (and they should, if their driver was to blame) then you don’t need to sign anything to get them to pay up. That’s their obligation. However, if you DO sign something prematurely, you run the risk of cutting yourself out of any future moneys you might be entitled to. Sometimes, the effects of a car crash or motorcycle accident aren’t felt for months or years to come. Signing something too early means you might have to deal with those long-term effects, instead of the insurance company, and that’s not right.

– Don’t Ignore Your Emotions

In an accident-related injury compensation case, it’s easy to measure physical injuries. They show up on a report, and the hospital gives a dollar amount to get then fixed. Psychological problems are a lot harder to document or prove. Be honest and upfront about the emotions you felt during and after the accident. The terror, the flashbacks, the fear you have now — those are every bit as important as your physical injuries, and should be equally compensated for. However, many clients ignore those feelings, not realizing that they are just as important as the physical effects. Be honest and upfront to yourself, and the claims adjustor as well.

Hopefully, these tips will help as you sort through the aftermath of your accident. Trying to get compensation can be tricky, and the insurance company is going to try and pay you as little as possible. If you’re unsure of the best way to proceed, please contact us today. We will fight to make sure you get everything you are owed.

3 Ways a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

February 13th, 2017 by
You’ve been the victim of an accident, and the injuries that resulted have created a life situation that is less than ideal for you. Your medical bills and loss of work can have a large impact on your daily life from lack of money to pay your regular bills to having to deal with figuring out how the medical bills are going to be covered. It can be tempting to accept the first offer given by the insurance company or the guilty party just to move past your accident, but you may be neglecting to protect yourself in the long run. This is where a personal injury attorney can help you.

3 Ways a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help You

Improve Your Settlement

For some people, it never occurs to them that their accident deserves a second look from a personal injury attorney. They get the first settlement offer from the insurance company, and never consider that this low amount is not everything that they deserve. Getting a personal injury attorney can help you look closely at that first settlement offer with an educated eye, and help you to plan the best route forward for your claim.

Make Sure Everything is Covered

No one wants to think that they left something on the table that they were entitled to having. That first offer of a settlement may seem like everything that you need it to be as it may cover your medical bills, but does it truly cover the amount that you deserve? Your settlement should not only cover your medical bills but should also cover the amount of work that you missed and even things that aren’t so easy to put a dollar amount on like your pain and suffering. A personal injury attorney can better help you to put a complete dollar amount on how much you are owed based on your situation. Thanks to their experience, they understand how much their other clients have gotten for similar injuries, and can help you calculate everything that you deserve.

Expectations in Check

Your personal injury attorney will also help you to keep your expectations in check. You may be experiencing the opposite in thinking that your claim is worth a much larger settlement than it really will be. It can be detrimental to think that your settlement should be a larger amount, and then have to deal with getting a much lower amount. The Clauson Law Firm is here to help you. Contact us today about your injury claim, and we can advise you on the best way to move forward. You don’t want to take the first settlement that’s offered to you. You deserve to receive a settlement that adequately covers your personal situation.