You do not always have to get a lawyer after a car accident. However, if you were hurt, require medical treatment, are missing work, and are struggling to pay everyday bills after a car accident that wasn’t your fault, you should absolutely contact a lawyer. Car crash injuries can place a significant strain on you, your finances, and your family. A lawyer will fight to get payment for medical expenses, lost income, damage to your vehicle, pain and suffering, and other losses.
At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our lawyers can review your case in a free consultation.
How Does a Lawyer Help Me If It Wasn’t My Fault?
Hiring a lawyer is crucial to demand the full amount of compensation you deserve after a crash. A dedicated car accident attorney will:
- Know how the injury claims process works
- Be aware of important legal deadlines
- Have the resources and skills to investigate the crash
- Build a strong case for maximum compensation on your behalf
When it comes time to collect what you are owed, your lawyer will issue a demand letter to the other party’s insurer, seeking full compensation. Your lawyer will aggressively negotiate for a fair settlement or proceed to file a lawsuit for damages in court.
Having an experienced attorney on your side is critical because it is common for both drivers to point the finger at each other party, even if it seems clear that one person is to blame. The insurer also has a vested interest in fighting your claim, and it will do everything it can to pay you as little as possible.
That’s why it is crucial to have an experienced attorney handle all of the communication, negotiation, and (if necessary) litigation on your behalf.
How Am I Eligible for Compensation?
If you were seriously hurt in a car accident and someone else is to blame, the law allows you to recover compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
In general, you may be entitled to compensation for two types of damages: economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are things like past and future medical bills, the cost of car repairs/replacement, and any lost wages if your injuries have prevented you from working.
Non-economic damages include compensation for intangible losses such as pain and suffering. For example, if you lost a limb in a car accident, your economic damages would be your medical bills, while non-economic damages would compensate you for the trauma and diminished life enjoyment that can follow such a devastating injury.
There is not an exact formula for calculating non-economic damages, but an experienced attorney can help determine the right amount to seek. To prove that you should be compensated for non-economic damages, it’s a good idea to start a journal of when and how your injuries prevent you from living your life to the fullest.
Hurt in an Accident? Contact Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, for Help
Were you hurt in an accident that was not your fault? If so, turn to a legal team with more than 50 years of combined experience helping people like you get the justice they deserve. At Holliday Karatinos Law Firm, PLLC, our dedicated car accident attorneys have the right skills and resources to demand the money you’re owed and help you rebuild your life after a crash.
Our team is standing by, ready to help you. Call us or fill out a contact form to schedule your free case evaluation today.