If you have been involved in an accident and have sustained injuries or your property damaged, you might be wondering if it’s worth hiring a lawyer or how the lawyer will be of help to your case. Moreover, you might also wonder whether it’s a good idea to deal with the insurance company and settle the claim yourself.
All these depend on the severity of your injuries and how complex your case is. This article gives you some of the roles of an accident lawyer in your car accident case.
1. Communicates with the other driver’s insurance company
One of the roles of the car accident lawyer is to contact the insurance adjuster for the people involved. The adjuster has the pocketbook, that’s why your attorney must have a good relationship and an excellent communications with the adjuster.
2. Gathers the evidence of accountability
It is the role of the car accident lawyer to gather the evidence required to prove accountability in a car accident case. While you might have taken pictures of the accident already, the attorney has the responsibility to go back to the accident scene and see it. Even though the pictures can help the case a lot, it is still crucial for the lawyer to assess the accident scene himself/herself.
The attorney will ensure that he or she gets all the reports concerning the accident and speak with the witnesses and the investigating police officers. An excellent lawyer knows how and where to gather the evidence to support your claim.
3. Obtains the evidence of damages
It is vital to get all documentation concerning your injuries. But you should know that it is not easy to get those records and bills from healthcare providers. Even though the records are yours technically, and you have the right to them, the health provider may not have the time to send them to you.
Again, the doctor might not have used “great words” as to causation or disability in his/her notes. For you to prosecute any claim successfully, you must prove, through the medical evidence:
- That another person’s negligence caused the accident
- Precisely what your injury or disability is.
Most doctors usually don’t mention the cause and level of the injury or disability in the medical records. If that happens, the car accident lawyer will write to the health provider, and ask for a particular letter asking the health provider to give his/her opinion of what caused the accident, how it caused your injury or disability, and that, due to the accident, you’ll be disabled for a specified period.
4. Negotiates the settlement
It is the role of the lawyer to negotiate your compensation. Negotiation requires a high level of skills. A car accident lawyer is in a better position to settle a car accident claim than an ordinary person. A great lawyer knows the value of your case and knows how to process the case and do the negotiations to get maximum compensation.