As car accident lawyers, we often are asked how individuals can know if they qualify for a personal injury claim. In Everett, car accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other forms or personal injury accidents happen frequently, and there are some questions that appear to be on everyone’s mind after they’ve been in an accident.
We want to help answer these questions so that those injured have helpful information on how to proceed in this difficult and confusing situation. Some of the questions that we frequently hear from our concerned Seattle and Bellevue clients are listed below.
1. I was in a car accident and was hurt. Who should I rely on to help me — an attorney or my insurance company?
Following an auto accident, it is always a good idea to contact a local personal injury attorney. Your insurance company should also be notified of the accident, but they might not be liable for your claims. That responsibility may fall to the other driver or another at-fault individual. When it comes to advocating for adequate coverage and legal rights, an Everett personal injury attorney will be of far more use to you than an insurance company.
2. I was a passenger in a car accident and I have been injured. What should I do?
Like others involved in an auto accident, we recommend that you start by contacting a personal injury attorney in Everett. An injured passenger usually has many available options for insurance coverage — their own auto insurance or health insurance, the driver’s auto insurance, or the insurance of the other driver involved in the crash. An experienced auto accident attorney will be able to help you sort through these options and determine how to properly file the claim. They will be able to protect your interests and ensure that the right party is being filed against for the full amount of damages that you deserve. This saves you from any unpaid medical bills that would otherwise be sent to a collection agency.
3. I’ve been injured in an auto accident in Everett, WA. What type of compensation might I expect to cover the costs incurred by my injury?
An auto accident has many variables that dictate the types of compensation you are able to receive. Firstly, however, in order to claim this compensation, it must be determined that you were not at fault in the accident.
While the following list gives some of the most frequent types of compensation, it is by no means exhaustive. You can receive compensation for any or all of the following:
- the cost for medical treatments required to treat the injury caused by the accident
- the cost for future medical expenses to continue the recovery process or to maintain the incurred injury
- compensation for lost wages (regardless of whether you have sick-time, vacation, or other forms of time off)
- lost or diminished capacity to work
- pain and suffering
- loss of enjoyment of life
- the cost of property replacement or repair
4. I was in a car accident, and I am now experiencing pain. What should I do?
It is common for many injuries to not be felt or displayed until some time after the accident. The most common example of these is neck pain, which increases in the days following an accident.
We recommend that you seek medical attention following any accident in which you are involved. This might be done by contacting your primary care physician, visiting an urgent care clinic or an emergency room, or making an appointment with a chiropractor. While visiting your healthcare provider, it is very important that you clearly express that you are there as a result of an injury sustained from your recent accident. This will not only alert your provider that there may be underlying issues to check (such as any symptoms of brain trauma), but will also ensure that their medical notes document your visit as a result of your auto accident injury. This information will be called upon by the insurance company covering your medical expenses, and it is important to be clear.
Do you have any more questions on personal injury accidents? Feel free to comment or give us a call to schedule a completely free, no-obligation consultation. We can help you out and make sure that you get all the compensation you need to recover from your injuries.
Brain Injury Law of Seattle
437 5th Ave S STE 103,
Edmonds, WA 98020