Talking about getting paid after your car accident is a bit of taboo subject. As a car accident lawyer in Kendall, FL, I have meet with hundreds of car accident victims. The first thing that most clients tell me is “I really don’t care about the money, but I need to be compensated for my bills.” You shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting to get money after you have been injured. If you have a pizza and someone steals a slice, they should have to pay you for that slice. Car accident cases work the same way. If someone is driving careless and injures you, in the interest of justice, they should have to put you back in the same position as if the car accident never happened.
The first way to ensure that get the full value out of your car accident is to seek medical attention right away. I would say that this is actually more important than taking photos. The reason is that one of the insurance companies’ favorite excuses to lower the value of your case is to argue “a delay in treatment.” Essentially what they are saying is that they don’t believe you were actually injured because if you were, you would have sought out medical attention right away.
The next step you should take is to consult with a car accident lawyer right away! Make sure you pick a lawyer that specializes in car accidents. I would suggest that you stay away from the LARGE factory like law firms. Not to mention any names, but you know the one that I am talking about, they are always on TV. You want to be treated like a client, not just another number.
When I meet with my clients, I always tells them how important it is that they continue to treat their injuries with a qualified medical professional. Most of the time this comes in the form of chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic treatment will not only help to alleviate the pain and heal the injures, but they will also send you for an MRI. MRIs are important to document the injuries. It’s one thing to tell the insurance company that you are in pain and injured, it’s another to show them your injuries on the MRI. In my experience, MRIs help tremendously to convince the insurance company the seriousness of your injuries.
I never settle my client’s case until they reach MMI. MMI is “maximum medical improvement.” That means your doctor believes that you have reached your maximum healing point. We need to have the whole picture of your injuries and treatment. I can’t tell you how many times a first diagnosis is wrong and it isn’t until two or three months into treatment that a more serious injury is diagnosed. The more serious your injury, the higher the value of your case.
The most important thing to remember is that negotiating a great value to your car accident case takes time. Most cases can take anywhere from eight months to one year. But, if you follow these suggestions and keep your attorney updated to all your medical developments, you can be sure to get the most value out of your case.
If you have been involved in a car accident, give me a call. I give all of my car accident clients my cell phone number. You can call or text me 24/7! I am always available to speak about your case and answer your questions. 1-786-815-6296