If you get into a serious accident and the insurance company doesn't want to give you fair compensation, you should talk to a car accident lawyer about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. However, when it comes to compensation, you can take steps that will help you maximize your potential claim.
#1: Keep Evidence
First, you are going to want to preserve evidence in the case. For example, you will want to ensure you have pictures of the accident scene and pictures of your vehicle. You are going to want to have pictures of your injuries. If you have evidence of the other driver taking negative actions that caused the accident, you will want to keep that evidence. This will help strengthen your case.
#2: Always Get Medical Help
Second, just saying that you are hurt isn't enough to get you a high level of compensation in your car accident case. You need to head to the hospital or urgent care or even your primary care physician right after the accident so that your injuries can be documented as part of your accident. Then, you need to get follow-up care as well and follow your doctor's directions.
With auto accident cases, generally, the compensation at least covers your medical bills from the accident.
#3: Think About Future Damages
With a car accident, your injuries may not be resolved by the time of your case. For example, if you suffered a back injury, you may need ongoing massage therapy, chiropractic care, or even additional surgeries. Therefore, you need to ensure your claim includes any future medical costs.
If your injury harms your life or has a negative impact on your work, you are going to want to ensure you include that type of future damages in your claim as well. You can't pursue a claim twice for damages, so you will want to get compensated for what happened and how it will impact your life as well.
#4: Don't Wait to File
Fourth, keep in mind that personal injury cases, which your car accident lawsuit qualifies as, have time limits. That is why you will want to talk to an attorney right away — so that you file within the proper timeline. If you miss this deadline, your lawsuit will be thrown out, as there are limits on personal injury cases.
If you want to maximize your compensation in a car accident lawsuit, you need to preserve evidence, always get medical help, think about future damages, and file your lawsuit within the allowable time limit. Contact an auto accident attorney to learn more.