Settling a car accident claim can be a long and complicated process. A car accident victim must confront insurance adjusters who use a variety of tactics to delay and deny legitimate claims. Your best option to receive an appropriate settlement is by having a skilled car accident attorney take on the insurance companies on your behalf. The Charpentier Law Firm in Melbourne, FL, can assist you with the legal matters surrounding car accident injuries and advise you on how best to move forward.
By law, you have the right to compensation for any property damage or injury you sustain during a car accident, as well as certain related expenses, including:
- Vehicle damage
- Personal property damage
- Car rental
- Healthcare expenses
- Future medical care
- Rehabilitation costs
- Time off from work relating to the accident
Car Accident Injuries
The severity and extent of injuries will not only factor into your short and long term health care, it will also form the majority of your accident claim. Serious or chronic injuries can add up quickly to thousands of dollars in healthcare services and time taken away from work for treatment.
Some of the most common car accident injuries that can be a part of a claim may include:
Neck Injuries - When a car suddenly comes to a stop in an accident, it can cause significant injury to the ligaments, tendons, and muscles of the neck. Also known as soft tissue injuries, the connective tissues can be traumatized in a way that causes a sprain, strain, or tears. This results in pain, swelling, and loss of mobility that can go on for weeks, months, or even years.
Whiplash - Probably the most well-known neck injury in a car crash, the soft tissue damage of whiplash can extend beyond the neck and into the upper back and shoulders. Symptoms of whiplash may not present immediately, and insurance adjusters are typically skeptical of these types of claims. You strongest proof when filing a whiplash claim is a doctor’s official diagnosis and the continuity of medical care.
Back Injuries - Damage to the back muscles or spinal cord can result in lingering pain and long-term health problems. Victims may experience tingling in the extremities or have their mobility severely compromised. Herniated disks and paralysis are among the most common back injuries car accident victims endure.
Chest Injuries - When your body collides with the steering wheel or the seat belt pulls hard against your abdomen, car accident victims can endure serious chest injuries, such as bruises, internal bleeding, broken ribs, or contusions.
Traumatic Brain Injuries - Any injury to the skull can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Symptoms can range from dizziness and headaches, to complete loss of consciousness, or even cognitive impairment and personality changes. Any time the head is struck during a car accident, you should seek medical attention immediately. According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are the third leading cause of TBI.
What An Attorney Can Do
Any time you sustain an injury in an accident, you should seek medical attention and call a lawyer. No victim wants to deal with insurance companies while they recover from their injuries. An attorney can take the burden of proving your case and allow you to focus on your healing and recovery.
An attorney can take the burden of proving your case and allow you to focus on your healing and recovery.
Our attorneys can use many different strategies to prove your case, including:
- Gathering experts to reconstruct the scene
- Inspecting defective products that may have contributed to the accident
- Taking witness statements
- Taking statements from technical or medical witnesses
- Gathering medical records
- Negotiating with insurance companies and other parties
- Filing insurance paperwork and court documents
Contact Us Today
No matter the insurer, paying the lowest possible settlement is an insurance industry practice. They also have teams of lawyers on their side to help make their case. Allow us to stand up to them and use our decades of experience to make the best possible case for you. Contact our office today for a free consultation at (321) 308-8020.