One of the most frustrating experiences of being involved in a car accident is dealing with insurance agents who seem to think it’s their personal mission to make your life more difficult. The less you have to deal with them, the faster you can get back to living your life, and that is where a lawyer can help.
When you hire a personal injury lawyer, the lawyer takes over all correspondence with the insurance company for anything pertaining to your injury. That way, you can’t accidentally say something that could hurt your case, and you can rely on your lawyer to lift some of the post-accident burden.
Along with talking to insurance representatives, here are a few other things lawyers do to help your life return to normal.
An attorney helps you prove that the other party’s negligence was responsible for your injury. Then, the attorney helps ensure that you receive financial compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Past and future lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Past medical expenses may be obvious – you could submit receipts for your doctor’s visits and physical therapy to the insurance companies yourself, and they would probably pay for reasonable treatment (though nothing is guaranteed – they are in the business of finding ways not to pay out). However, the effects of car accident injuries can last for months, even years, after the accident. You want to make sure you are covered if you need follow-up treatment for your injuries later on, after you have settled your case.
Don’t expect to get rich off of personal injury cases; the goal is to make you as whole as possible.