After any serious accident, you should always carefully consider who may bear responsibility for your injuries and material losses. In most instances, the safest, most effective way to recover fair compensation is through a legal claim against the individual or entity that caused the accident.
Depending on your particular circumstances, you might have a number of damages that you may claim. Take extra care to examine every area of your life for effects of the accident to create a detailed picture of how the accident impacts your day-to-day living as well as your ongoing health and employment.
If you suffered physical injuries as a part of the accident, you may have a lengthy road to recovery. While third-party assistance from an attorney can handle the legal issues associated with your claim and negotiate a strong settlement on your behalf, remember that you are the only one who can do the physical work of recovering, so be sure to consider how you can prioritize this process.
Medical expenses and lost income
In most instances, medical expenses associated with the accident and income lost during recovery are the easiest to identify and document. It is important, however, to provide ample documentation of these losses and expenses, to grant the responsible party very little wiggle room when it comes to the settlement. In general, the greater detail you provide concerning your medical costs and lost income, the stronger your claim.
It is also wise to see how your medical care providers can work with you when it comes to paying these bills, especially if you’re also out of work, even for a little while. Settling your claim may take months or more than a year. Without proper planning you may drown in medical debt waiting for a fair settlement.
Consider not only the medical costs already incurred by the initial diagnosis and treatment, but the ongoing costs of treatment and the length of your recovery. You may still have many months of therapy to undergo, or an injury may cause complications down the road. You want to make sure that you’re not on the hook for these expenses when they arise.
Lost income is similar in that you must account not only for the actual income you lose after the accident, but future losses associated with the injury. This is especially true if you suffer any type of long-term disability because of the accident.
Pain and suffering
Courts recognize that you deserve fair compensation for the agony you go through both in the accident and during your recovery. Again, the greater detail that you provide as you document your experience in the aftermath of the accident, the stronger your claim.
If you build a strong claim with ample documentation, you stand a much better chance of receiving a fair settlement that compensates your pain and suffering fully while also addressing your lost wages and medical expenses. Be sure to use all of your resources to build a strong claim to protect yourself and your rights while you work toward recovery.