A car accident can bring unexpected and unnecessary suffering, but with a lawyer, the aftermath can be much less stressful than handling it alone. Personal injury lawyers advocate for injury victims while they deal with physical, emotional, and financial damages.
People get injured in car accidents every day in Denver. All of the losses that come with a car crash increase stress and can quickly overwhelm car accident injury victims. If you’re unable to work due to your injuries or perform everyday tasks, that may be a burden for your entire family.
In this article, we’ll go over some way a Denver personal injury lawyer can help you after an accident.
How a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help You After a Car Accident
Car Crash Attorneys Investigate Your Crash
One of the most vital steps to take after an accident is to launch an in-depth investigation to gather evidence. Your attorney knows what professionals and experts to hire for this. They also know how to obtain all the crucial evidence needed to support your claim, such as a police report, photographs, witness testimonies, and medical records.
Damage and Injuries Aren’t Always Apparent
Time is of the essence when it comes to hiring a lawyer after a car accident. They will start the investigation into our case right away and start piecing evidence together. One aspect to keep in mind is that many people experience delayed symptoms of car accident injuries and falsely assume they are ok or their injuries aren’t that bad.
However, waiting too long to get medical care and hire an attorney are mistakes that could hurt your claim. Some injuries take time to fully appear and present pain or other symptoms. Even if you think you’re ok or that your injuries aren’t severe, get medical attention immediately following the accident. You don’t want to have to end up paying for your injuries later when someone else caused them.
A Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Can Handle Negotiations With Insurance Companies for You
Dealing with insurance companies after a car accident is no walk in the park. To save you the trouble, your attorney can handle communications with them. Insurance companies are companies at the end of that day and work to protect their profits. Unfortunately that means they don’t always have your best interests at heart and don’t mind compromising your settlement for their own gains.
However, when they see you’ve lawyered up, they will see that you mean business and will be less likely to use tactics to undercut you. Skilled attorneys have experience and know how to effectively negotiate with insurance companies to get you the maximum compensation possible. They won’t let you settle for a lowball offer that doesn’t justify all your damages.
Sinc eyour attorney has reviewed all the details of your case, they are in a unique position to review and counter offers that the insurance company makes. If the insurance company doesn’t want to negotiate or play fair, your attorney may take your case to trial.
They Can Help You Identify and Value the Full Extent of Your Damages
It’s not just important to know how to handle the aftermath of an accident. It’s also important to understand the full extent of your damages and a fair value for your claim. Many car accident injury victims are entitled to more damages than they are aware of.
An attorney can help you identify all the damages you are entitled to, inducing:
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional and mental anguish
- Psychological distress
- Loss of consortium
- Diminished quality of life
- And more
While some damages are very straightforward and easy to calculate, like medical costs and property damage bills, others are more difficult to calculate. A knowledgeable attorney knows how to accurately calculate your non-economic damages like pain and suffering so you get a fair payout for all your losses.
Damages Can Include Future Medical Costs – They Can Help You Calculate Those Too
Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you could potentially seek reparation for future medical bills. Let’s say you sustained severe injuries that require long-term care, physical therapy, and assistive devices (like a wheelchair). If that’s the case, your attorney can help you calculate the cost of those future anticipated medical bills.
Attorneys Have In-Depth Knowledge of the Law
Personal injury lawyers are trained experts and professionals whose career revolves around handling personal injury cases. And most of us are not experts in personal injury law. Having an attorney who is already familiar with the law and which ones are relevant to your case will save you the time and trouble of having to research all of this yourself while trying to heal.
A great attorney will probably also be familiar with your local courts and know the ins and outs of all legal processes, including paperwork and court proceedings. If your case ends up going to trial, you’ll already have a trained professional on your side who knows exactly what steps to take. The process can be confusing if you try to handle it independently.
Your attorney has probably already prepared countless court cases and knows what paperwork you need, how to fill out all the paperwork, how to format all of the content, what legal precedence to cite, and what evidence is admissible in court. So take advantage of this invaluable service that lawyers provide, because time is money. Trying to handle this all alone will consume a considerable amount of time that you could be dedicating to your healing and recovery.
Remember, you also have a limited amount of time to file a legal claim in Colorado. By hiring an attorney, you can gain some peace of mind knowing you’ll get everything done within the statute of limitations.
An Attorney Can Represent You in Court
Your attorney probably knows from experience what information to leverage to increase your chances of winning your claim. They also know what offers are fair and what a lowball offer looks like and they won’t let you settle for less than you deserve.
If the insurance company denies your claim or refuses to negotiate, your attorney can appeal the decision and fight back on your behalf. This might mean going to trial to present your case to a judge or jury.
Presenting a case to a judge or jury is not an easy feat either. You need to provide clear and convincing evidence and follow the formalities of court order. It takes a skilled attorney with trial experience to present a case in an effective and convincing manner and get the jury to side with you. One of the most critical aspects of presenting a case is establishing liability and providing supporting evidence. All of this is pretty difficult to do on your own.
Having an Attorney Can Help You Avoid Financial Losses
If you try to handle your case without legal counsel, you may end up at a loss in the end. You could miss your deadline to file a claim or perhaps you address the wrong person for damages. An attorney will not make these mistakes. They will ensure you get everything done on time and assess your case carefully to identify the liable parties and pursue them accordingly.
You only have one shot to file a claim and collect damages, so do it wisely. By hiring a lawyer early, you can avoid more headaches down the line, like having to pay the damages out of pocket for an accident you didn’t even cause.
An Attorney Can Protect You From Debt Collectors
It’s easy to fall behind on medical bills after a car accident. The last thing you want is to get stuck with debt collectors coming for you. It’s just not fair to suffer after getting essential health care following a car crash. If you are dealing with debt collectors, your attorney can advise you on laws in Denver (Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 12(a)(1)) regarding debt collection and protect you against them.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you are injured from a car accident that was caused by a negligent driver, our legal team wants to help you. We will handle all of the legal proceedings and negotiate with insurance companies for you. That way, you can focus on your health and well-being. If we don’t negotiate a fair settlement with the insurance company, we are not afraid to go to court.
You need a strong legal advocate who keeps your best interests in mind after a car accident. Call us today to discuss all of your legal options. We offer a free initial consultation.