Posted on behalf of the Law Offices of Ooten, Betz, and Baril on January 30, 2019
If you suffered an injury in a car accident, there are several good reasons you should hire a car accident lawyer. A skilled lawyer can help you navigate the claims process to ensure that you receive the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
At the Law Offices of Ooten, Betz, and Baril our car accident attorneys can help you recover damages after your car accident. Call us at 865-888-8888 to schedule a case evaluation.
Car accident attorneys have experience navigating the legal process. They can help you file a claim with an insurance company or file suit against a liable party.
An attorney may keep you from settling too early.
If you settle your claim too early—before you know the full extent of how your injuries will affect your life and your job—you may miss out on compensation you will need to cover future costs related to your accident. Insurance adjustors often try to get injured people to settle quickly without a lawyer to advise them. If you accept an early settlement, you waive all rights to additional money for the accident, regardless of whether you develop new complications.
If you were in a car accident, call our lawyers immediately. We can help you determine if a settlement offer is fair and keep you from losing out on money you may need in the future.
He or she will keep you from giving statements that will damage your case.
After a car accident, the insurance company of the at-fault party may ask you to provide a written or recorded statement regarding your case. If you divulge any information that may hurt your claim, the insurance company can use it against you to avoid paying damages.
Insurance companies use this tactic regularly, especially if you have not yet hired a car accident lawyer for your claim. The insurance company can ask trick questions and take your responses out of context. This may make it look as if the accident was your fault, and not the fault of the other driver.
If the insurance company of the at-fault driver requested a statement, it is important to contact our lawyers before divulging any information regarding your case. We can help make sure you provide the information needed without jeopardizing your right to compensation.
An attorney can stand up against strong-arm or scare tactics.
Insurance adjustors are under a lot of pressure from their supervisors to settle cases for as little money as possible. When you have suffered an injury in a car accident, you are vulnerable. You may be in pain and scared about your future. You may be on medication that makes it difficult to think clearly. A lawyer will protect your best interests while you recover.
The attorneys at the Law Offices of Ooten, Betz, and Baril will stand between you and the insurance company and protect you from strong-arm or scare tactics.
Your lawyer will collect the evidence necessary to prove your case.
In order to prove your case, you will need to present evidence related to your accident. This evidence may include police reports of the crash, medical records documenting your injuries, and photos of the accident scene, including skid marks and any dangerous or hazardous conditions that may change after the accident.
You may also need testimony from eyewitnesses, accident reconstruction experts, and other expert witnesses to prove what caused your accident or to prove other important aspects of your claim.
Our lawyers can assist by collecting the evidence you need quickly, before it disappears. We can also issue subpoenas to gain access to evidence that may impact your case, such as security camera footage and cell phone records. These pieces of evidence are often difficult or impossible to obtain without a subpoena.
An attorney can help determine fault in the accident.
If you were partially at-fault for your accident, you may still qualify for damages. Some states follow the legal rule of comparative fault. This means that an adjustor will proportionally reduce the amount you receive in compensation by the amount of your fault in the crash. Certain states include a caveat that if you were 50% or more at fault in the accident, you will not receive any compensation.
Our lawyers will help you understand the fault rules in your state and determine if your fault in the accident will still allow you to collect compensation for your damages.
A car accident lawyer can calculate your compensation.
Many factors come into play when calculating your compensation after an accident. You must consider the current and future medical costs associated with your injuries, the cost of wages you lose while recovering, and the emotional costs of any pain and suffering you endure. The at-fault party may be liable for extra damages if they behaved in a grossly negligent manner.
Our car accident lawyers can take these factors into account to calculate a reasonable amount of compensation you should receive for your injuries.
We can also determine the sources of compensation after your car accident. In many cases, you will seek compensation from your insurance policy and the policy of the at-fault driver, but depending on the specifics of your case, other