Roughly 3 million people are injured each year in car accidents in the U.S. What do you do if it happens to you?
The first thing is to seek the medical attention that you need. Once you’re safe, it’s time to enlist the services of an experienced attorney to seek the compensation you deserve.
Many car accidents are caused by someone’s irresponsible behavior. For example, engaging in texting and driving or other types of distracted driving. When you are injured in an accident that someone else causes, they are responsible, and you are entitled to compensation.
You might think that this process may be straightforward. Unfortunately, it is not. Insurance companies pray on unrepresented individuals and often cheat them out of compensation they deserve and are entitled to because they know unrepresented individuals don’t know the law. Do NOT be fooled insurance companies and insurance adjusters are not your friends and they are not willing to pay what you deserve without an attorney.
Let’s look at some mistakes you should avoid when it comes to your car accident compensation case. Then we’ll learn how to handle your case correctly so that you get the recompense you deserve.
1. Ask for Too Little Compensation
The costs of a car accident can add up quickly. The average person doesn’t realize how expensive it can be.
First, there is the cost of repairs to your vehicle. If the car wreck was bad enough, you may even need to buy a new car.
Next, there are medical bills, lost wages from work, pain and suffering, and more. These are all compensable and most people are unaware of what they are entitled to. However, there are a few more types of compensation that you could be eligible for that you may not be aware of. These are:
- Loss of enjoyment: If your injuries are bad enough you may be unable to continue participating in activities that you enjoy. You can get compensation for that.
- Loss of consortium: This legal term refers to the companionship enjoyed by a husband and wife. If your injuries leave you unable to enjoy physical intimacy, this is compensable.
- Punitive damages: In some cases, you may be awarded punitive damages. This amount serves purely to punish the responsible party for actions that led to the accident. This can include reckless driving, drunk driving, etc.
This is not an all-inclusive list. As you can see, there are many things you can get compensation for that you probably never would have thought about. In fact, many clients are often surprised at the amount of compensation they receive when their case is handled by the experienced attorneys at AGG law firm. At AGG law firm we fight to get you the maximum compensation that you deserve. Call today for a free, no obligation consultation.
2. Let the Insurance Company Trick You
Insurance companies are notorious for not wanting to pay proper compensation. It is not beneath them to outright lie to you. They deal with car accident claims all the time and are skilled in avoiding responsibility for them.
It’s not uncommon for them to pressure victims into accepting a low settlement early on to avoid paying what the victim is legally entitled to. Usually, too late, the victim finds out that they were entitled to far more compensation but they signed those rights away by accepting the insurance company’s initial offer. Insurance companies may also deny your claim or put some of the fault on you, where an experienced attorney can challenge this. Further, insurance companies are notorious for undervaluing and undermining your injuries to avoid paying.
This is not an all-inclusive list of the tricks insurance companies play. In order to protect your interests and get the most compensation you deserve, it is important to get an attorney to handle your case as soon as possible as many people make statements that damage their case. Call AGG law firm today to see how we can help.
3. Trying to Handle the Car Accident Case On Your Own
As mentioned in one and two above, those are just a few ways to ruin your case. Although it may appear easy to handle the case on your own, it is not. Insurance companies bank on your inexperience and take advantage of the statements you make, documents you provide, and inexperience with the law and inexperience with insurance companies to pay below what your case is worth. Don’t ruin your case by trying to handle it on your own. Contact AGG law firm today and let us get started on your case right away to ensure your case is handled properly from the beginning to maximize your compensaion.
AGG Law Can Help
What do you do when you don’t want to ruin your car accident case?
Turn to a car accident lawyer who prides themselves on helping people. At AGG Law, in Denver, Colorado, we focus on helping people injured in car wrecks to receive the compensation they deserve with someone by their side who they can trust. Let us be your advocate and we’ll take the stress out of a trying situation by handling everything while you focus on recovering from your injuries. Contact us today at (720) 487-1050 for your free consultation!