After the dust settles in a car accident, it’s time to make decisions about what to do next. One of the best things you can do is turn to your personal injury attorney so that he or she can guide you through the difficulties associated with talk to the insurance company and making sure that you get the compensation you deserve after being injured.
As you determine what to do next, here are 6 questions you can ask your personal injury lawyer after the accident:
1. What Compensation Can I Expect?
This is one of the first questions that many accident victims ask. And it makes sense. The treatment of injuries can be expensive. Missed work, rehabilitation, and repairing or replacing the damaged car can all add up. Your personal injury attorney can keep you grounded and help you understand what is realistic. Ask your lawyer what is reasonable to expect, and keep your expectations for claims within reason. Remember that the majority of any claim is to pay for doctors. Keep this in mind when setting your expectations.
2. How Much Will You Do in Representing Me with the Insurance Company?
Whether you are dealing with your own insurance company or dealing with another’s company, you need to know what your attorney will do as he or she represents you. Find out if your lawyer will take care of the paperwork and negotiations. There are plenty of personal injury attorneys who will go to bat for you and make sure that everything is taken care of — and that the insurance company takes you seriously.
3. When Do I Need to Take Care of Claims and Lawsuits?
It’s a good idea to get a feel for how long you have to file claims and lawsuits. Different states have varying requirements for filing claims and suits, and your lawyer can keep you on top of the timeline. Still, it’s a good idea for you to ask, and make sure that you are informed so that you can make better decisions with the help of your personal injury attorney.
4. Will You Help Me Get Social Security Benefits if I’m Permanently Disabled?
The unfortunate truth is that sometimes accidents result in permanent disability. If you are permanently disabled because of the actions of another, you might be able to sue (ask your attorney about the feasibility). However, while you are waiting for the case to settle or to make its way through the court system, you might need some support. Disability benefits can help you bridge the gap. Find out if your personal injury attorney can help you navigate the system so that you get the Social Security benefits that you are entitled to as a result of permanent disability.
5. Can You Help Me Recover Compensation for Future Medical Expenses?
Some injuries continue to cause problems for months — or even years. While you might be compensated right now for current problems, if your injuries result in recurring issues, you might need further compensation. Whether your injury requires frequent visits to the chiropractor, or whether your injury flares up later and requires surgery, you want to make sure that you receive what you need to cover your costs. Ask your lawyer about the possibility of receiving compensation for future medical expenses, and what the process is in your state for protecting your rights.
6. What Do You Need from Me?
This is one of the most important things you can ask your personal injury attorney. Make sure you understand what your lawyer needs from you. What do you need to provide to provide proof of mental pain and anguish? How should you document your injuries? What records do you need to keep? Find out exactly what your lawyer needs, first thing, so that he or she can better help you get what you deserve after a car accident.