Accurately calculating your damages is how you get the most money from a car accident claim. However, you may have to fight for the compensation you need. When an insurer makes an initial settlement offer, they may not account for all of your losses, such as future medical bills. If your injuries cause you long-term expenses or loss of future earning capacity, you will want to make sure a settlement reflects this.
A lawyer on our team can help you calculate your damages and negotiate a settlement. If insurers refuse to honor your losses with fair compensation, your lawyer can then take your case to court.
How a Lawyer Can Help You Get the Most Money after Your Car Accident
Hiring legal representation can help ensure you do not leave any money on the table when filing a claim or lawsuit. We can handle the entire process while you focus on your recovery and spending time with your family.
Some of the services we can offer include:
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Your lawyer can help you add up your current economic losses and estimate your future losses. They can also help assign a dollar value to your non-economic losses, which can be difficult to assess on your own.
Examples of potential damages include:
- Past medical bills, including emergency room charges, surgery, and diagnostic expenses
- Future medical bills, such as rehabilitative therapy, medication, and doctor’s appointments
- Modifications to your home to help you cope with your injuries
- Past lost wages from the time your injuries kept you from working
- Loss of future earning capacity, if your injuries affect your ability to work in the same way as you did before your injuries
- Past and future pain and suffering, including physical and mental anguish caused by your injuries
- Loss of quality of life, if your injuries keep you from enjoying activities you once did.
A lawyer from our team can make sure they leave no stone unturned when assessing your injury-related losses. While working with our team, you may discover that you qualify for more forms of compensation than you were initially aware of.
Negotiating with Insurers
Your lawyer can handle all of the communications with insurers and negotiate for your due. They can use documentation from your doctor to prove the extent of your losses. They may also instruct you to keep a journal of how your injuries affect you on a daily basis, to establish your non-economic damages.
They will use any evidence available to make your case and ensure you do not accept a settlement that would not fairly compensate you.
Disputing a Determination of Fault
If insurers find that you were partially at fault for the accident, they will use that percentage to calculate how much compensation you should receive. Your lawyer can dispute their findings in an effort to seek a fairer settlement.
By conducting an investigation of the accident and employing the help of a reconstructionist, your lawyer can prove that you bear less fault than the insurance adjuster claims.
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Taking Legal Action on Your Behalf
Finally, if negotiations with insurers fail, a lawyer from our firm can help you file a personal injury lawsuit and seek a judgment for your losses.
Once an insurer sees you filed a lawsuit, they may finally offer you a fair settlement in an attempt to avoid court costs. The American Bar Association (ABA) notes that most civil suits settle before ever going to trial. Either way, your lawyer will protect your rights and represent you in a trial if necessary.
Abiding By the Statute of Limitations
When filing a lawsuit, you must adhere to the two-year statute of limitations set by NRS §11.190(4)(e). If you do not, you risk having your lawsuit dismissed from court.
Your lawyer can keep this deadline in mind when negotiating with insurers. They are there to protect your rights, including your right to legal action. If you believe you have a case, it is important to act as soon as possible so your lawyer can give your case the time it deserves.
Reach Out to the Attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson for a Free Case Review
We can offer you a free consultation so you can be clear on how much your case is worth. Give us a call as soon as possible at (702) 633-3333.