Decatur Personal Injury Lawyer
More than six million crashes occur in the United States each year, making car accidents the most common cause of personal injury. Some accidents are just minor fender benders, and some can be serious resulting in major injuries and even fatality.
The most common injuries reported after a car accident are back, neck and head injuries. These injuries range in severity. The effects of some injuries can last for only a few days while others are more serious resulting in permanent damage such as paralysis, diminished mental capacity, and even death.
Regardless of the type of injury you receive after an automobile accident, it is important to seek treatment from a medical professional. Documented medical evidence, including doctor’s reports and x-rays of any injuries you received, can be critical at trial. However, if you seek treatment from a medical professional and X-rays show that you have not suffered any damage that does not preclude you from being able to receive compensation for the injury you suffered. When an injury affects the ligaments or muscles, it often does not show up on an x-ray, so it is not uncommon for there to be no tests confirming that this type of injury occurred. Insurance adjusters may try to convince you that if they can’t “see” the injury then it does not exist. This is not the case. An experienced Decatur personal injury attorney can ensure that your injury is taken seriously and appropriately compensated.
Damages in Car Accident Cases
If you have been injured as the result of a car accident, then you may be entitled to compensation. A car accident victim may be eligible for compensation for the following:
- Any lost income or benefits due to your inability to work following the accident
- Loss of any future earning capacity due to injuries you suffered as a result of the accident
- Pain and suffering
- Compensation if you suffer any kind of disfigurement
- Any past and future medical expenses
- Loss of consortium
It may take a number of days or even weeks until you fully know the extent of your injuries. If you find any new symptoms occurring after your accident, be sure to visit a medical professional to ensure that your injuries are properly documented.
It is important to contact a lawyer should you find yourself the victim of a car accident. Insurance companies may try to convince you that you are entitled to lower compensation due to the fact that you may have contributed to the accident. You may also find yourself in the situation where your injuries require extensive physical therapy or medical expenses that far exceed the amount you may receive in a settlement. An experienced Decatur personal injury lawyer understands how to properly investigate an accident and will know how to fight to make sure that you get all of the benefits you deserve.
How Will my Attorney Handle my Case?
If you are interested in hiring an attorney to handle your case, contact our office to speak with an experienced Decatur personal injury lawyer. You and your attorney will have an initial consultation where you will discuss the circumstances surrounding your accident, the extent of your injuries, any treatment you are receiving, and any other information that your attorney deems necessary. After the initial consultation, your attorney will investigate your claim and conduct thorough research of any documentation related to your case including medical reports, police reports, and witness statements. Your attorney will also be in contact with the insurance company of the person who caused your accident.
Expect your attorney to follow up with you regularly. It is important that you keep your attorney up to date on any new developments in your case including any additional symptoms or injuries you may be experiencing or any change in your treatment plan. It is important to disclose all relevant information to your attorney. Your attorney will only use the information provided to help you get the result you deserve.
If you have been injured in a car accident, contact a Decatur personal injury lawyer at McCarthy, Rowden & Baker to schedule a consultation. The sooner you have legal representation, the better your prospects are for successful resolution of your claims.