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How a lawyer can help with your auto accident claim

How a lawyer can help with your auto accident claim
The right attorney can be crucial in getting the best outcome for your auto accident claim.
Updated by David Goguen, JD

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If you’ve been injured in a car accident, you might be wondering how a lawyer can help you. In this article, we’re going to cover what a car accident lawyer brings to the table, including:

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Organization and analysis of important evidence and records
a network of investigators and experts who can empower your case, and
Negotiating skills to get the best outcome for your auto accident claim.
What is my car accident attorney doing?
Although much will depend on the specifics and complexity of your car accident, in general a lawyer can:

Communicate with the other driver’s insurance company
Obtain the necessary evidence that the accident was at fault
Organize your medical records and bills
Communicate with your health care providers to get any missing documents
Work with your doctors to make sure they provide the medical information you need so that you can prove harm in your claim
organize and present the evidence to prove liability and damage
Negotiate your claim with the lien holders (e.g. health, disability or workers’ compensation insurance) in order to possibly reduce the amount of these liens, and
negotiate a satisfactory settlement with the insurance expert or defense attorney.
Let’s look at a few of these things in detail.

Communicate with the other driver’s insurer
In any case of personal injury, your attorney will establish communication with the insurance expert for the other party (or parties). The appraiser has the wallet, so it is vital for a plaintiff’s attorney to have good communication and a good relationship with the appraiser.

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Obtaining the necessary evidence of liability
A good lawyer can help you get all the evidence you need to prove liability for a car accident claim. Even if you may have already taken photos of the scene of the accident, your lawyer will likely go back to the scene of the accident to see what it looks like. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but actually seeing the scene can be worth a thousand pictures.

The attorney ensures that all accident or police reports are present in the case and speaks frequently to investigating police officers and witnesses. A good lawyer will leave no stone unturned when it comes to obtaining proof of liability. Learn more about proof of fault in a car accident.

Obtaining the necessary evidence of damage
This is where a good attorney can be vital to your case, especially if you’ve sustained serious car accident injuries.

Getting all of the records related to your injuries is important, but getting your hands on these records and bills from healthcare providers is not always easy. While the records are technically yours and you have an absolute right to them, sending medical records to patients and lawyers is not a healthcare provider’s top priority.

Small medical offices may not have the staff or the time to respond to medical records inquiries in a timely manner. Large hospitals may have certain procedures that must be followed to respond to medical record inquiries. If you don’t follow their procedures (which they often don’t post very well) they simply won’t respond to your request.

If the healthcare provider then responds to the request, the records may be incomplete. Any attorney secretary or paralegal will tell you that they often need to request the same documents more than once and that they need to contact the vendor’s office endlessly.

Eventually, it may turn out that the doctor did not use the “magic words” about cause, prognosis, and disability in their records. In order to successfully pursue any type of personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that through medical evidence

what exactly your injury, disability or physical limitation is, and
that it is due to the negligence of the defendant.
Doctors often do not mention the cause and extent of the injury or disability in their medical records. If this is the case in your case, your lawyer will write to the doctor and ask for a special letter in which the doctor gives his or her opinion that the accident caused your injury or disability and that you are hindered by the accident or for a specific one Period deactivated.

Negotiations with pledgees
If you have received benefits from a health, disability or workers’ compensation insurer, this insurer has a lien on your claim. A lien means that the pledgee is paid in front of you from a settlement or judgment that you receive. A good attorney will work with the pledgee to try to get the pledgee to reduce their pledge. This is important work. Every dollar less that the pledgee takes is one more dollar that goes into your pocket. Find out more about service providers’ liens in the event of personal injury.

Negotiations with insurers / defendants
Negotiating is a very specific skill (some might even call it an art). A personal injury attorney is always much better than a layperson at resolving a car accident. A good lawyer knows how much the case is worth and knows how to handle the case and negotiate to get the best outcome for the client.

When can I process car accident damage myself?
If you have not been so badly injured, if you are comfortable collecting the necessary evidence and documents, and (most importantly) you are willing and willing to get into the settlement negotiations, you can certainly handle your auto accident claim yourself. But there really is no substitute for the help of an experienced lawyer. Find out more about the benefits of legal representation in our personal injury reader survey results.

If you’ve been in a car accident and are ready to discuss your options, you can use the chat and case assessment tools on this page or get tips on how to find the right lawyer for you and your case.

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