Atlanta Accident and Injury Attorney Helping Victims File Accident Claims
No one plans on filing an automobile accident claim, but with the statistics of accidents occurring each day in the U.S., you are likely to experience it at least once in your lifetime.
Therefore, you can do yourself a favor and understand the process. While you might not predict the exact details of your accident, understanding the claims process and how to make it successful might help. Also, if you were to suffer a serious injury, you want to ensure you receive compensation. So, consider these critical steps that not only help prove your claim but bolster your case if you need to file a lawsuit.
7 Steps to Take During a Car Accident Claim
You have many steps to follow during the claims process, but these steps are some of the more critical.
- Take photographs of the accident scene (if possible). If your injuries are not too severe at the scene, do what you can to take photographs. Pictures help paint a picture of the accident, including placement of vehicles, victims, and the damage to your vehicle. This can help justify the injuries you claim later.
- Utilize emergency medical services. There is no need to be a hero. Do not grit through the pain or ignore it. Instead, seek emergency medical care following any accident. Often your emotions are heightened, and your body releases hormones that downplay your injuries. Ignoring those injuries could result in further damage.
- Determine your eligibility for a claim. All drivers are required to have automobile insurance. The plan covers drivers, passengers, and pedestrians injured in a car accident. You can make a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company, and request compensation for your injuries and property damage. Also, if the party does not have insurance or has inadequate insurance, you may qualify to use your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage on your policy.
- File your insurance claim quickly. Do not wait to file a claim with the at-fault party’s insurer. Instead, lodge your claim within a few days of the accident. Most insurers have a maximum number of days allowed before they can deny a claim, so the sooner you file, the better.
- Follow your doctor’s advice. You must follow through with all treatment plans and guidance provided to you by your doctor. While you might disagree, or feel it is unnecessary, your doctor is there to help you. Ignoring advice or failing to follow up on treatments could make it appear like you are not as injured as you claim.
- Wait to settle. While you should file a claim as quickly as possible, you do not need to settle quickly. If you have serious injuries, you have one chance to settle for the amount you need. Therefore, you need a full assessment to understand your injuries, their permanence, and the costs associated with that injury before you settle.
- Speak to a personal injury attorney. Before you talk to the insurance company or take any settlement, talk to a personal injury attorney about your accident case. An attorney can help you accurately assess your injuries and determine what compensation is adequate. Attorneys can assist through the insurance claims process, but also file a lawsuit if the insurer refuses to offer a fair settlement.
Speak with a Personal Injury Advocate Today
After your serious injury, contact a personal injury attorney from Van Sant Law, LLC. Our team is here to protect your right to compensation aggressively. We hold responsible drivers accountable for their actions, and insurance companies responsible for the compensation they must pay.
Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our attorneys today at 404-991-5950 or request more information online.