How can I get the most money for a car accident?
If you were recently involved in a car accident, you are probably interested in learning how to maximize the amount of money that you will get from your case. Although you can’t really change the facts of the accident, you do have the ability to make the most out of the situation. Please read the information below for a general understanding of how to obtain the best results from your injury case.
Hire the best attorney
A knowledgeable and experienced Las Vegas car accident lawyer will be able to provide the directions necessary to get the most amount of money from your car accident case. If you hire the best possible attorney, your case will run smoothly, you will be able to focus on recovering from your injuries rather than worrying if your case is being handled properly. The best attorneys will do the proper investigations into your case, effectively direct your medical treatment, and hire the best experts to support your case. There really is no replacement for a good personal injury in a personal injury case.
Luckily, the Injury Firm | Las Vegas is well equipped to handle your case and we will stop at nothing to get you the most amount of money for your injuries.
Establish your damages
You must substantiate your damages in order to have a successful car accident claim. Damages is a legal term to describe how you were harmed by the accident. Damages can include, among other things, medical bills, lost wages, loss of earning capacity, pain, suffering, and mental anguish. You have to prove these things to the jury if you wish to recover these types of damages at trial.
The best way to establish damages in an injury claim is to go to the doctor. A doctor that is skilled in the field of helping accident victims will create medical records that demonstrate your injuries to a reasonable degree of medical probability, which is the standard for admissibility of injuries in Nevada personal injury cases. If you listen to your doctor’s advice, you will incur medical bills, which promote those types of economic damages. As a side benefit, medical records will be generated that may happen to support your injury claim. Pain and suffering from soft tissue injuries must be supported by expert medical testimony in Nevada. This means that your doctor needs to either make an expert report that opines to your injuries being caused by the accident. In the alternative, your doctor could be expected to testify during trial in regards to those issues.
If your doctor has made the opinion that you cannot work due to your injuries, then you may have lost wages or loss of earning capacity claim for damages. For these types of damages, it needs to be shown that you could not work due to your injuries and you need to prove how much money you lost as a result of not being able to work. Lost earnings claims are not as straightforward as they may seem and requires a good personal injury attorney to properly plead and support these damages.
Be aware of coverage issues
Being aware of coverage issues is of utmost importance in a personal injury case. Coverage issues entail the concept of looking into how much money is available for a particular personal injury case. Very rarely is there an “endless” amount of money to go after in a car accident case. Coverage issues typically refer to the policy limits of the insurance policy that covers the accident. The state minimum policy limits in Nevada are $25,000.00 but some drivers operate their vehicles with no insurance, even though it is against the law. So theoretically the lowest amount of coverage for a car accident case is zero dollars (unfortunately). On the other end of the spectrum, there are certain Defendants (such as Wal-Mart or Target) that are companies worth billions of dollars. In those cases, coverage is not an issue because there will always be enough money to cover auto accident cases by those businesses if they are the defendants in your car accident case.
The reason why understanding the coverage that applies to your car accident case is so that you know when to throttle back on your medical treatment. For instance, if you get in an accident and there is only $25,000.00 to work with, you shouldn’t go and incur hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. If you do, there is a good chance that you will pocket little to no money at the end of your case.
A skilled attorney is mindful of these issues and will not let you do something to jeopardize your net settlement by over-treating on your personal injury case. A good attorney will let you know when you have had enough treatment to wrap up your case or in the alternative will let you know when coverage is not an issue, so you can treat until you feel 100% better from the accident.
Don’t do anything that could jeopardize your case
This is also an important topic. You do not want to do anything after the accident that will hurt your case. This includes staying off of social media and assuming that the insurance companies may have hired investigators to follow you around and record you to demonstrate whether you were really injured in the accident. Another thing that you can do to jeopardize your case is saying something that is untrue during the proceedings of your case. You must realize that all eyes are on you after an accident case. You should do everything that you can to make sure that you are not hurting your case.
If you have been hurt in a car accident, you should contact the Injury Firm | Las Vegas to speak with Attorney, Brian Boyer about the best way to get the most money on your accident claim. Our office will walk you through all the proper procedures to get the most from your case.