You will need to know the injuries you suffered before you can make a car insurance claim after an accident. You will also need to explain how the crash occurred and how the other driver caused the accident.
If you have other financial losses from the crash, you will need to prove these as well. Our personal injury attorney can help you take care of these matters in your case.
What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident
Seek prompt medical care after the accident. If your injuries are serious, you may need to ride to the hospital in an ambulance and emergency care. Otherwise, you may choose to visit a doctor a day or two after the accident. You will need to know the extent of your injuries to make a car insurance claim, so it is important to get a medical evaluation done.
You also will need a complete rundown of your injuries and your future health outlook.
The other driver’s insurance company is not going to take your word for it that you have injuries. You will need a doctor’s report that details your injuries and lays out a treatment plan.
Follow the Doctor’s Plan for Your Recovery
Once you have a plan for your recovery in hand, you need to understand it fully. You need to follow your doctor’s advice. Do not skip appointments or take part in activities of which your doctor does not approve.
Any deviation from the medical plan that the doctor lays out could put your car insurance claim in jeopardy. In addition, the other driver’s insurance company may suggest that your injuries are not serious if you skip appointments or don’t follow the doctor’s orders.
Determine Your Ability to Return to Work
If you have injuries that affect your ability to work, you can add the wages you lost to any settlement amount you are seeking.
Some people may suffer a debilitating injury in a car crash that means they will not be able to return to the same job. If you must take a permanent pay cut because of your injuries, you can seek a judgment for the difference in your salary.
As part of your visits with your doctor, you should discuss your work situation. The physician must verify that you are unable to work during your recovery.
Consider Consulting with a Personal Injury Attorney
Showing that the other motorist made a driving error that led to a crash could result in you receiving damages for a personal injury claim.
Sometimes, this is an easy process. If the police issued a traffic ticket to the other driver or assigned blame to the other driver in the accident report, this shows fault.
We Can Investigate Your Car Accident
If police do not assign blame for the crash, you will need to use the facts in the case to show an error on the other driver’s part. This can be a challenging task to take on by yourself. As the Ohio Department of Insurance points out, you have the right to seek help from a private attorney.
Our car accident insurance claim attorneys are ready to investigate the crash. When you become our client, we will perform several tasks for you during our investigation, including:
- Reviewing any video of the accident
- Speaking to accident witnesses
- Interviewing your doctors about your injuries
- Reviewing the police report
- Hiring an accident recreation expert if needed
We will put in the time necessary to build a case that shows our clients did not cause the accident. We rely on the facts in the case to show you should collect a fair settlement amount because of the other driver’s mistake.
Determining a Fair Amount to Request for a Settlement
When preparing to make a car insurance claim after an injury accident, you need to come up with an amount to request as an award. This amount should consider your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other accident-related losses. Ohio Revised Code Section 2315.18(B)(1) does not limit the recovery of economic losses.
Our team has experience with cases like this. You can count on us to take the time to determine exactly what kind of health future you are facing and what kind of pain you may experience going forward. We then use that information to determine an amount to request from the other driver’s insurance company.
Our Car Accident Lawyers Are Ready to Help with Your Case
If you are facing a monetary loss after a car accident that you did not cause, you have the right to seek financial recovery.
The team of attorneys at the Fitch Law Firm LLC is ready to help with your case. We will walk you through your legal options and next steps and answer your questions. Contact us at (614) 545-3930 for a free consultation today.