If you have been involved in an automotive accident that was caused by another driver, you may be eligible for damage compensation. However, you are likely to receive a higher payout if you are represented by a car accident lawyer. Here are a few things that your car accident lawyer will do to help ensure that you receive the highest reimbursement for your damages:
Make sure that adequate proof of your damages is submitted.
The documentation that you submit to the other driver's insurance company must be sufficient to prove the reimbursement value of your damages. For instance, the responsible insurer will need proof that your injuries are from your car accident. In addition, the company will need a detailed description of the treatments received and the associated cost.
Many large medical establishments, such as hospitals, have documentation-release procedures that you must adhere to in order to obtain your medical records. When you request your documents, if you don't follow the procedures precisely, you won't receive them. Even if you do receive your records, some of your documentation may be missing, or the records may not contain information that proves causation. If causation evidence is missing, your car accident lawyer can contact the hospital or medical office and request a supporting letter to show that according to the provider's opinion, your injuries stemmed from the automotive accident. Even if documentation requests take repeated attempts, your car accident attorney will know exactly what records are needed for your case and how to obtain them.
Negotiate with insurers who hold a lien.
If accident-related medical claims have been paid by other insurance companies, such as a health insurer or workers' compensation insurance, the money has to be repaid. Until the insurer receives reimbursement, it will have a lien on your claim. The lien permits the insurer to be paid before you receive any compensation. Your car accident attorney can work with the lien holders to have your lien reduced.
Provide evidence of the other driver's liability.
Depending on the nature of your car accident, proving that the other driver is liable could be complicated. An initial review may appear to show the other driver's negligence if his or her car struck your vehicle from behind. However, even in seemingly simple accidents, things can become complicated. For instance, if your rear tail lights were out or if a third motorist was involved, the responsible insurance company may argue that its client did not cause the accident and limit compensation unless more evidence is provided.
The pictures and witness reports that you provide can help. However, the attorney may interview additional people on his or her own and take even more photographs of the accident scene. He or she may also review the police report for hints of fault, such as statements that offer the covering officer's opinions of the accident.
A car collision can leave you with injuries that prompt you to seek compensation. However, you may need the help of a car accident attorney's office, such as Allison & Rickards, Attorneys at Law, LLC.