Not every accident is the same — focusing on car accidents in particular, not every car accident ends with someone getting hurt and there even being damage on a vehicle. However, when an injury does happen those who got hurt may waiver on whether or not to file a claim.
Benefits of Filing a Claim
If you file a claim you could be awarded the following:
- Medical bills: this is much more than physical pain. While you could be financially compensated for any medical expenses (including doctor visits, rehabilitation, and surgery if it was required) if you were mentally injured in the accident and now have symptoms such as post-traumatic stress disorder you could be compensated for the medical treatment you are getting.
- Pain and suffering: this is calculated by the severity and permanent nature of your physical injuries. For example, when comparing someone who broke a bone in an accident versus someone who will no longer be able to walk because of an accident, the latter would be compensated more because their pain and suffering will in theory last longer compared to someone with a temporary injury.
- Lost wages: whether for mental or physical reasons you may have to miss work after the accident. The person at fault can be held responsible for your lost wages if you file a claim.
Downfalls of Filing a Claim
As with most decisions in life, many may see some downfalls to filing a claim.
- Time: any legal battle is bound to take time. While insurance companies will work as fast as possible to get everything settled it may not seem quick enough for some.
- Dealing with insurance companies: going off of time, it will take time and can be frustrating too to deal with insurance companies. It may be difficult to find the right person you’re supposed to be working with and the company may drag its feet while processing the paperwork.
When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
If you were injured in an accident and are unsure whether filing a claim is worth it, contact the car accident lawyers at The Roth Firm, LLC. Our experienced team of attorneys will go over all your options and lay out the best possible plan. Don’t take a chance by filing a claim on your own — we’re here for you 24/7. Contact us online or by phone at (404) 777-4899 to discuss your legal options.