Here at Denton Injury Lawyers, we are often asked about the right time to settle and if our clients are even entitled to getting compensation after an auto accident in the first place. Our answer in the first question will always depend on various factors. On the second one, however, our answer will always be the same: If you or your loved ones have been injured or your property or vehicle has been damaged in the accident, then you have the right to claim what is yours.
Do you need a lawyer right away?
During the initial stage after the auto accident, you might be directed to coordinate with the other party’s insurance company. Keep in mind that they will ask a lot of details and be critical on your answers. At this point you might be tempted to resolve this yourself, but we strongly urge you be careful. One wrong answer or perception in the wrong light might end up in further complications.
If you have suffered serious injuries, you are seeking future damages (future loss of income and medical treatments), or if you need to justify who is at fault, then there is no question about this: You need a lawyer.
Once you have consulted with your lawyer, you should be able to have at least a ballpark figure of the compensation you deserve. The amount will greatly depend on the damage of the vehicle and personal property affected (electronics, valuables, etc.), car rental during the time your car is being repaired, medical bills, and other expenses brought out by the accident.
Just keep in mind that your lawyer will advise you to have amount range that you should be willing to work with. The important thing here is to not jump the gun. Upon receiving the initial offer from the insurance agent, consult with your attorney and think about it carefully. Is it too low? If it seems too good to be true, be careful about the fine print. This is why you should also always ask for an explanation and ample breakdown.
Once you have settled, keep everything well documented and properly sorted out. Nothing is fully certain until you have everything in writing. Concerns like this should be simpler with the right personal injury lawyer by your side.
Visit our blog again for more information on auto accidents and properly making a claim. For a more comprehensive and professional advice, call us here at Denton Injury Lawyers and schedule a free consultation as soon as possible.