Dealing with the effects of a serious car accident can be very confusing. Most drivers in Prince William County have been in a crash before, but the vast majority have never been badly injured. Handling matters related to a more violent wreck can be totally different than a mild fender-bender.
As much as you might want to control the situation, there are at least three things you cannot know about your car accident claim before it happens.
What your claim is worth
Most people are not familiar with Virginia’s personal injury laws and what types of compensation they might be entitled to after a major car crash. For example, you might know that you can seek compensation for your medical bills related to your injuries and any lost wages from the time you were forced to take off work. But Virginia also recognizes compensation for non-economic damages, like pain and suffering and lost quality of life, that you have experienced. Thus, your damages could be much higher than you realize.
How the insurance company will handle your claim
If you expect the other driver’s auto insurance provider to treat your claim promptly, fairly and compassionately, you likely are in for a rude surprise. Insurers generally do everything they can to deny an injury claim, or else make a lowball settlement offer. They also like to delay handling your claim as long as possible. This is how they make profits.
If you should hire a personal injury attorney
For relatively minor accidents where the focus is more on auto repairs than bodily injuries, you likely would not need assistance from a lawyer. But if your damages are high, you probably would benefit greatly from the practical advice and strong representation in negotiations (and at trial, if necessary) that an experienced personal injury attorney can find. Most personal injury lawyers offer free consultations to help you decide if your case requires legal representation.