Don’t Rush a Car Accident Settlement
After a car accident, even in the most clear cut cases, settlements take time. There is a substantial amount of work required by both the car accident attorneys and their clients to obtain a satisfactory injury settlement.
Your car accident attorney will assist you in navigating the processes put in place by the legislature and the insurance companies. They must thoroughly investigate every aspect of the claim and make sure the fault of the other party is properly established. This means spending time collecting witness statements, accident reports, and any car accident footage photographs or video footage.
A car accident attorney will also make sure to obtain all medical bills and records for a client, both before the car accident and after. They will obtain information on all persons or entities paying a client’s medical bills, and record any bills that are outstanding at the end of the case. Your car accident attorney will assess the strong and weak points of your claims, possible defenses that might be used against your claim and the best way to combat those defenses. All of these actions take time and shouldn’t be rushed.
There is also the fact that you may have experienced extensive injuries as a result of the car accident. Getting back to your pre-accident health should be a priority and until your health issues are resolved, it is often difficult to obtain a satisfactory settlement. It’s important to remain patient and not prematurely settle your case. For example, insurance companies will often not pay out on medical treatments that have not occurred yet.
Keep in mind that once the case has been settled, it will not be reopened to seek additional compensation to pay for the treatments that took place after the settlement was reached. Therefore, you will want to make absolutely certain that you are healed before pursuing a settlement for your car accident.
At Joshi and Patel, our car accident attorneys have years of experience to help guide you in your case. We would also seek a timely settlement that is in line with your medical care when filing your claim, making sure you receive the maximum settlement that you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact Joshi & Patel. We offer a free case evaluation, no obligation consultation. Once it has been determined that you have a case, we will work for you on a contingent fee basis. In other words, you don’t pay your personal injury attorney fees up-front. Instead, you sign an agreement to pay us a percentage of your settlement amount. You pay us absolutely nothing unless you recover.
**Many of our blog articles discuss the law. All information provided about the law is very general in nature and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Every situation is different, and should be analyzed by a lawyer who can provide individualized advice based on the facts involved in your unique situation, and a consideration of all of the nuances of the statutes and case law that apply at the time.