What You Should Know About Car Accident Claims
Motor vehicle accidents can prove incredibly painful for survivors. They can also bring costly bills and a life filled with medical appointments and therapy. If you have suffered an injury in a car or truck accident, you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect from your future.
At Leeseberg & Valentine, we have helped thousands of people throughout Ohio with a variety of serious injuries. Prospective clients often come to us with more questions than they can ask in one appointment. To get you started, we have answered a small selection of the questions about motor vehicle accidents that our attorneys hear most frequently.
What should I do after an accident?
After a car crash of any kind, the most important thing to do is seek medical attention. Call an ambulance, if necessary. Then:
- Call the police and have them file an accident report
- Document the accident scene by taking pictures
- Get the name, contact information and insurance information of the other driver or drivers
- Get the names and contact information of any witnesses
- Contact an attorney immediately – do not speak to any insurance representatives
You may feel overwhelmed by the aftermath of an accident. However, these steps are very important and can help you recover maximum compensation.
Why shouldn’t I talk to my insurance provider?
Your insurance company does not want to pay the full amount that you deserve. Their representatives have ways of getting you to admit fault, even if you are not at fault in any way. Instead, you should have a lawyer communicate on your behalf.
Do I have an actionable case?
Not every car accident necessitates a lawsuit, but some do. If the other driver has more fault than you in the crash, then you may have an actionable case. Contact us and we can evaluate your situation in detail.
What if my accident was a while ago?
Many severe injuries do not appear until a few weeks or months after the accident. This is why it is crucial to seek medical attention as soon as you can after the incident, even if you do not have visible bruising or scarification. You may still have the opportunity to seek compensation, even if it has been months since the incident.
How long do I have to file a claim?
In Ohio, you have up to two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. If you do not meet this deadline, you lose the right to seek compensation for your damages.
What are the damages I could collect?
You may be eligible for damages such as:
- Hospital bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning potential
- Automobile repairs
- Pain and suffering
These are just a few of the damages we have helped our clients receive.
Do I really need an attorney?
Although you have the right to navigate the insurance and legal process yourself, this is not always wise. Our lawyers have handled thousands of car accidents similar to yours. We know exactly which steps to take and how to maximize your recovery as fast as possible.
Have More Questions? Get More Answers.
Without a doubt, you either have more questions that you need answered or you will in the future. We are here to answer these. Contact us to set up a completely free initial consultation where we can discuss your accident. To reach us in Columbus, call 855-445-6266 or send us an email.