Every driver hopes to drive on a safe road as going about their jobs and daily activities. Yet despite all precautions taken, sometimes another driver’s carelessness or recklessness causes an accident. Tragically, those accidents can result in serious injury or death.
When you are living through the aftermath of an accident, the results can be painful and frustrating. An injury suffered due to an accident can be life-changing or even only result in a limited period of pain, but can still lead to many personal and professional problems. Anyone who has suffered loss because of a car accident that was not their fault should be compensated.
While you are seeking medical treatment, and resolving the other problems caused by a car accident, a Columbia personal injury lawyer can help. While you recover from your injuries, it is your lawyer’s job to diligently ensure that your rights are protected and that you are compensated fairly for your injuries.
Common Types of Accidents
- Car accidents
- Tractor-Trailer and 18-wheeler accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Hit-and-Run accidents
- Wrongful death
- Uninsured/underinsured motorist
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When a person is injured in a car accident due to the fault of another driver, their insurance company is expected to compensate that person for what was suffered. If the other driver is uninsured or underinsured, a car accident attorney in Columbia can often file a claim with their client’s own insurance company where the client has Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage.
The most obvious losses suffered by clients who have been in a car accident are physical injuries, which are typically measured by a client’s medical records and bills, and sometimes by statements from their doctors about ongoing problems resulting from the injuries caused by the accident.
Some specific examples of possible compensation include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
Some people who have been physically injured are also emotionally injured, suffering significant emotional pain, PTSD, and disruption to their daily lives. Additionally, injury and upheaval caused by car accidents can cause some clients to suffer lost work or permanent loss of jobs. A skillful Columbia car accident attorney will also seek recovery for any applicable lost wages.
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How an Accident Attorney Can Help
When someone who has been in a car accident engages our services, we begin our investigation into the accident. At this point, the client has typically either been to a hospital to seek emergency medical treatment or to a doctor for injuries arising within the days after their accident.
It is imperative for clients to focus on their healing process and follow up with their doctor’s orders. While clients work to recover, their attorneys work to gather information about their car accident.
The first steps for attorneys right after an accident include contacting insurance companies to set up claims and gathering information related to those claims. The investigation process can include, among other measures, ordering medical records, ordering police reports, and gathering photo documentation.
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Once the investigation process has yielded enough information to begin negotiations with the insurance company, an experienced attorney will be firm and determined in their negotiations. Sometimes, when insurance companies do not pay a fair amount to clients for their recovery, attorneys will advise their clients to file a lawsuit.
An accident lawsuit involves a process of discovery (both sides seeking information from each other) before a trial takes place. If a client’s case requires filing a lawsuit, an experienced car accident attorney in Columbia will work diligently to prepare for trial and fight for your rights.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was someone else’s fault, you might feel overwhelmed and need more information about how to proceed. You need to contact a Columbia car accident attorney as soon as possible to help you navigate this process.
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