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Accidents are very common in the United States nowadays. You may get involved in an accident at any point and in any way. Whether you are the driver of one of the cars in the accident, a pedestrian walking on the street who got injured, or are enjoying a casual day in the mall or park, you can get into an accident.
In some cases, though you are involved in the accident, the accident itself may not be your fault. At such times, you are entitled to get compensation from the party that caused the accident. You can file a claim for damages in court and receive compensation from the other party.
Why Should You Get Compensated For Your Injuries?
It is important first to understand why compensation matters and why courts give compensation before you proceed with your claims.
Compensation is not just given to anyone who has been in an accident or has had an injury. You need to prove to the court why you deserve the compensation. You also need to prove your injuries, lost wages, or other expenses before you get the compensation.
For instance, if you have been involved in a car accident, you will have to go to a hospital and get treatment for your injuries. Depending on how severe the accident was, you may even require surgery, which costs a lot. Cost of surgery, medical treatment that follows, and recovery don’t come cheap. You will also lose out on income for the time that you cannot work due to your injuries. In addition, you will also go through a lot of pain and suffering due to the injuries and other stress from the accident.
These are the reasons why any court will give you compensation, to make up for the money that you may spend getting yourself treated, and to cover for the money that you lose from not going to work.
Any individual who suffers severe injuries and losses due to an accident has a legal right to compensation.
What Does Compensation Cover?
Like mentioned above, generally, compensation will cover any damages or injuries that you suffer in an accident. It will also cover any wages that you lost while recovering from the accident. If someone in your vehicle dies due to the accident, even that wrongful death will be compensated for.
How To Get Compensation For Injuries After an Accident?
One of the best ways to get compensation for your accident is by filing a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver or his/her insurance company. But this is not as easy and straightforward as it sounds. While getting compensated after an accident is a legal right, you will have to prove to the court that you have suffered financial distress because of the accident. You will have to present documents to prove your claims so that the other party can understand how much exactly do they owe you. Some of the documents that you can submit include:
A doctor’s report or medical report will give detailed information about the injuries you have sustained from the accident. It will also mention how long it will take you to recover from the injury. You can include any receipts of payments made for the treatment and other proofs of payment along with the medical report. This will help the other party, and the court determine how much you have spent on treatments alone.
This is another important document to file for compensation. You will have to get a report from your employer to prove what work you were doing for the company when the accident happened and what your wages were like. This report should also show how much the company would have paid you for the period of time, had you not missed work.
If your accident caused extensive vehicle or property damage, then you will spend a lot of money on those repairs as well. You can file a claim to compensate for those expenses as well. But you will have to submit receipts or any other proof of payment for the repairs that you undertook.
Calculating compensation is not an easy task. People often end up claiming for much lesser than what they deserve. You need to consider a lot of things when you calculate your compensation. While money spent on treatment and lost wages are easy to calculate, it is not easy to put a value on discomfort, pain, and suffering. If you suffer from any disability due to the accident, you will have to factor in any potential income you may never earn due to the accident. Arriving at a final amount by yourself will almost be impossible. Having legal assistance to help you determine the compensation can go a long way.
Another situation where legal assistance will be extremely helpful is with negotiating your settlement. Most of the time, the other party’s insurance company will try to offer you a lesser amount than what you deserve. They will do this because they will usually have a set limit for the amount that they can pay. You may not be able to negotiate well with the insurance company, and in desperation for the compensation, you may agree to whatever little the insurance provider offers. However, an experienced attorney will know how to negotiate with the insurance agency and will ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Hiring a Downey personal injury attorney like The JLF Firm, to help you with your claims will increase your chances of getting good compensation. We will ensure that your rights are protected and that you get what you deserve. If required, we will meet with the other party and speak to them as well. Our team will collect all information required and will not rest till you get what you deserve. Contact The JLF Firm if you or a loved one needs a personal injury attorney today!