Some car accident claims can be settled with ease, while others can become an extremely complicated process.
If you have been involved in a St. Louis car accident, it is highly advisable that you speak with an attorney about your accident to determine what your legals rights are and ensure that they are protected. Here are 5 factors to consider:
1. Status of Fault Liability
Cases where the other driver and his insurance company have accepted liability are often fairly straightforward; however, cases where the fault liability is contested become complicated and generally end up in court. There you will be required to prove the other driver’s fault and failing to do so will result in a denial of compensation. When the case gets contested in court, it becomes all the more wise to speak with an experienced car accident attorney.
2. Out-of-Pocket Expenses
After an accident you end up spending some money on your treatment and/or on repairing the damage to your vehicle. In many cases, your out-of-pocket expenses may add up into the thousands. An attorney can help you keep track of your out-of-pocket expenses and fight to get you compensated for these.
3. Extent of Bodily Injuries
Serious injuries sustained in an accident often take a long time to recover and a permanent injury will stay with you for your life. A broken bone, a herniated disc, and other such injuries may require a surgery, increasing the expenses for treatment. A permanent injury or disability will affect your day to day life and should be compensated adequately. Typically the higher the compensation amount, the less likely the other party is to agree to pay.
4. Is your case going to Court?
If you have exhausted all other means of negotiations and settlements, you will likely have to take your case to court. Having an experienced attorney by your side will no doubt increase your chances of receiving the compensation you deserve.
5. Time Invested
Representing your own case will no doubt require a great deal of time and energy. Especially in complex cases, you may invest hours in researching legalities and preparing your case, not to mention the stress of presenting your case, should it go to court. With an experienced attorney on your side, you will be able to focus on physical recovery and can rest assured, knowing everything is being done to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve.
Contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. today if you have been involved in a St. Louis car accident. We can evaluate your case for free, help you determine what your legal options are, and assist you through every step of the process. Call (314) 361-4242.