After getting into an auto accident, one of the things you have to think about is if you want to pursue compensation for your injuries. If you were a victim of another person’s actions, then you should know that you do have a right to look into making a claim. The at-fault driver should be held liable for any injuries you’ve suffered as a result of their driving behaviors or other actions.
Your first priority is to determine if you have a case. If you have been hurt, have financial losses and have personal property losses, then you very likely have a claim as a victim. It’s important to protect yourself if you want to make a claim. Remember, don’t admit fault. Don’t say you’re sorry, and don’t talk to the insurance agent.
After deciding if you have a case, follow these steps.
Start gathering information
The first thing to do is to start gathering information. You should collect all documents about the crash that you can, such as medical documents, medical bills, witness names and others.
Check your finances
Another thing you will want to try to gather information on is your financial losses. You should look at how much time you’ve missed from work and how much you know you’ve spent on expenses like gasoline, hotels or other items that were necessary while seeking medical care.
Reach out to your attorney
The next step is to reach out to your attorney with the documents you collected. These can be used as you try to put together a case. Your attorney may be able to come to you if you’re in the hospital or cannot travel, or you may decide to reach out via email, over the phone or through other means.
These are three tips that may help you make a claim for compensation. If you’re injured by another person, you deserve an opportunity to seek compensation that will help make you “whole” again. While money won’t repair any damage that was caused, it may help as you focus your time on health and healing.