After being hurt in a motor vehicle accident (MVA), you probably have a lot of different emotions and thoughts going through your head. You may be wondering what you need to do to file a claim against the other driver while also feeling anxious about how you are going to pay for your medical expenses and lost wages.
Fortunately, you do not have to go through the aftermath of the accident by yourself. Besides helping you file the claim and representing you, there are a couple of ways an attorney can assist you after you are injured in a car accident.
1. Piece Together the Full Story of the Events Surrounding the Accident by Gathering Together All Information
One way a lawyer can help you after your accident is they can do the legwork necessary to gather together all the information you will need to file the claim, submit it to the insurance company, and help to win your case for compensation. Especially if you were badly hurt, you may not be able to take pictures of the accident scene or contact possible witnesses who can strengthen your case.
When you have an attorney helping you, they will contact your doctors to get all of your medical records, obtain copies of the police report, communicate with witnesses, and have pictures taken of your vehicle and the accident scene. Once they have all of the information, they can then create a narrative that shows exactly what happened during the accident that led to your injuries.
2. Give You Explanations about Your Insurance Policy and How the Claim-filing Process Will Proceed
Another way an attorney can help you is that they can serve as a valuable resource when you are confused about what to do and what will happen. Especially when you do not have much legal knowledge, you may become anxious and afraid of what is unknown.
However, when you meet with the lawyer, they can explain to you how the claim-filing process will proceed and give you details about exactly what will be expected from you. They can also review and explain your insurance policy as well as how to get money for medical expenses and lost wages while you are out of work recovering.
Along with helping you file your claim and representing you to the insurance company and the courts, the lawyer will gather together medical records, police reports, witness statements, and any other information about the accident to create a full picture of the events. They can also guide you through the entire process and explain to you in detail what will happen and what will be expected of you. As soon as you are able after your accident, make an appointment for an MVA legal consultation so a lawyer can get started with helping you.