Coping after a Car Accident

A severely damaged red carIf someone else’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, you are probably also experiencing a tremendous amount of anxiety and stress about getting your life back together. The fact is that a serious car accident can throw your life into considerable turmoil, and this turmoil often motivates injured parties to settle for far less than they need to recover from the full scope of their damages. If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by another motorist’s negligence, an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney will fight for the compensation to which you are entitled and that you need to make your fullest recovery.

The Insurance Company’s Motivation

If you’ve been injured by another driver’s negligence, you’re going to be dealing with his or her insurance company. That insurance company is motivated by profits, which translates to keeping settlement offers low. While obtaining a swift settlement can be extremely motivating when you are enduring the stressful aftermath of a car accident, it’s important to take all the details of your damages into careful consideration before accepting such a settlement. 

If the insurance company makes a speedy settlement offer, it’s in your best interest to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before accepting. Your rights and your complete recovery are far too important to leave to chance or to the discretion of the insurance company.

Your Damages

If you’ve suffered a serious injury, your damages can be immense. Further, you may not know the full extent of your injuries until a considerable amount of time has passed. This fact can complicate your personal injury claim, but it’s important to consider. Your complete damages can include:

  • Your medical expenses – from emergency care through surgery, aftercare, and ongoing care
  • Your lost wages on the job, which can lead to a diminished earning capacity into the future
  • Your emotional pain and suffering

None of these should be discounted in your personal injury claim. 

Your Legal Strategy

If you have a personal injury claim, it’s nearly always in your best interest to take the long view. The fact is that the insurance company is likely going to hold back in hopes that the upheaval caused by the accident will motivate you to settle for less. Unfortunately, you have to live through that upheaval – without the certainty of an adequate settlement offer. Getting your life back on track after an accident, however, includes looking into the future and considering what you’ll need for long-term recovery. 

While the vast majority of personal injury claims don’t go to court, you may need to prepare for litigation to make your point. Your experienced personal injury attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and will take those steps necessary to motivate the insurance company to offer you adequate compensation. The fastest solution is not always the best solution in these instances.

The Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys at Slappey & Sadd Can Help 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd – proudly serving the Atlanta area – are committed to going the distance for your case’s best possible resolution. To schedule a free consultation, please do not hesitate to contact us today.

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