Medical Treatment

If you are seriously injured in a car accident, emergency services will probably come to the scene and take you to the closest hospital, where you will receive all the medical care you need. But what about seemingly minor car accidents, where there is no immediate pain or noticeable discomfort?

Many times, people involved in car accidents don’t even know they have been injured. One reason for this is that your body responds to pain signals and the stress of the accident by producing morphine-like hormones called endorphins. Endorphins (and adrenaline) mask the pain until your body and mind have had time to recover from the stress of the accident.

A lot of personal injury attorneys have stories about clients coming into their offices saying they felt no pain at the scene of their accident, or later the same day. But the following morning they woke up feeling like they had been run over by a truck. These stories are credible — they’re not examples of healthy people looking for a payout via a lawsuit. It can take several hours, several days or even a week for injuries or serious discomfort to register with a car accident victim. (Learn more about common car accident injuries.)

So, the lesson is this: whenever you feel symptoms of injury after a car accident — pain, numbness, dizziness, not feeling like yourself, whatever it is — get medical care. Don’t assume that your injuries will clear up on their own. Do the safe thing and get checked out.

Property Compensation

Get fair compensation for your wrecked car and ruined personal items. Here’s what you need to know about filing auto insurance claims for property damage.

Sooner or later, you’re bound to be involved in a car accident that damages your vehicle. The average American driver can expect to be in at least three or four car accidents during their lifetime, and most accidents involve some kind of property damage. If you’ve been in a car accident caused by someone else, you have a right to expect the at-fault driver or their insurance company to pay for your damages.

 

When you’ve been in a car accident, you are entitled to seek reimbursement from the at-fault driver for damage to your vehicle, lost personal belonging, and more.

Vehicle-related property damage claims might include:

  • The cost to repair your vehicle
  • The fair market value of the car if it’s a total loss
  • Rental car costs while your car is in the shop
  • Replacement value of upgrades you made to your car, like a stereo system or special wheel rims

You can also make a claim for lost or damaged personal property, such as:

  • Mobile phones
  • Laptops
  • Jewelry, including smartwatches
  • Sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses

Lost Wages

If you’ve been in a car accident where somebody else was at fault, and you’ve had to miss work as a result — or you’ve missed out on other income opportunities because of your car accident injuries and resulting limitations — you might be wondering if (and how) you can recover for these kinds of losses.

When you decide to file a car accident lawsuit against the person responsible for the crash (the “defendant”), you (the “plaintiff”) are allowed to recover any lost wages that resulted from the accident.

The most obvious example is when a physical injury, like a broken leg, prevents you from doing your job. In that case, you are entitled to recover the wages you would have received had your leg not been broken and had you still been able to work. If you couldn’t work for two months, then you are entitled to recover the amount you would have normally been paid during those two months. Other debilitating and disabling car accident injuries — including psychological injuries caused by the accident, like PTSD — are also grounds for recovering lost wages if they are severe enough.

Fair Compensation

If you have been injured in an automobile accident your initial concern is probably going to be doing whatever is necessary to recover from your injuries. Being able to have your health completely restored in order to return to work and to life is important. When you are dealing with insurance companies, though, make sure you don’t do or say anything that could prevent you from receiving the compensation that you deserve.

Insurance Settlement

You may have heard that insurance companies use a secret mathematical formula to figure out how much compensation should be paid in an injury settlement. The formula part is true, but it certainly isn’t secret. And the formula doesn’t actually determine how much compensation someone receives. It is just a device insurance adjusters use to begin the process of figuring out how much a claim is worth. A final determination about compensation is not made until several other facts are considered.

Car Accident

An automobile accident brings with it a host of questions. Who is at fault? Who pays for damage to my car? Who will pay for my medical bills? How much should I get for pain and suffering? Can I ask the insurance company to reimburse me for lost wages?

An experienced injury attorney can be extremely helpful in negotiating the often chaotic and confusing world of insurance claims and settlements.