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Motor Vehicle Accidents
All drivers have a legal obligation to obey the traffic laws and operate their vehicle in a reasonable and safe manner. When a driver causes an accident, whether it is due to being distracted, intoxicated or purposely disobeying the traffic laws, the consequences can be devastating for the victims and their families.
Don’t wait, it’s important to act fast.
The most important thing you can do after any accident is to seek medical care. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, seek medical care immediately and discuss any pain or other symptoms with a doctor. Some injuries may worsen with time and having medical records detailing your injury and the effort you made to get better can play a major role in your case.
Once you’ve addressed your immediate medical needs, contact Attorney Bagen and give him the details of your accident. You’ll receive a free case evaluation to determine if you have the type of injury that will enable him to pursue legal action on your behalf. The faster you take action and contact Attorney Bagen, the faster he can start working on your behalf to get you the compensation you may be entitled to.
Yes, you need an attorney.
Many of us would prefer not to retain an attorney, instead believing it is possible to reach a quick and fair settlement with the negligent driver’s insurance company. However, it is important to remember that the negligent driver’s insurance company does not represent the victims’ interests; they represent their interests! Inexperienced victims who decides to negotiate on their own with the negligent drivers’ insurance company will find themselves them wishing they had sought legal advice.
You may receive a call from the negligent driver’s insurance company in which they will sympathize with the fact that you have been injured and offer you what they will call “fair compensation”. In reality, the settlement will be anything but fair, and they are hoping that the offer of fast money will persuade you to accept. Remember, once you accept a settlement, no matter how low, you will not be able to pursue any further action against the driver or the insurance company.
If you are contacted by the negligent driver’s insurance company, and you have not yet retained an attorney, do not allow them to record a statement or answer any questions regarding the accident. Take down the contact information for the adjuster and tell them you will get back to them. Then, contact an attorney. Once you have representation, tell the insurance company that all further communication should be directed to your attorney.
How much compensation can you expect?
Compensation for injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident differ depending on several factors, including the severity of the injury, permanency of the injury and lost time from work. No two cases are the same, but often victims may be awarded compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses: May include past and future expenses associated with the injuries sustained in the accident for all medical services and rehabilitation.
- Lost income: Compensation for lost wages from the date of the accident until the time the victim was able to return to work. In some cases, where the injury is so severe that the victim is no longer able to work, or work at the same occupation, the victim may also be awarded future lost income.
- Pain and suffering: This is determined by considering the extent of the injuries sustained, the type and duration of the medical treatments needed to treat the injuries, the total recovery period or, as in some cases, a lifetime of pain and suffering for injuries from which there is no total recovery.
- Emotional and mental distress: This could include anxiety, sleep loss, grief, depression, fear of driving, flashbacks of the accident and other forms of emotional and mental suffering caused by the accident.
- Loss of enjoyment: If your injuries prevent you from doing the things you regularly enjoyed doing before the accident, such as playing with your children, sports, exercise, or other activities or hobbies, you may be entitled to compensation.
- Loss of consortium: In personal injury cases, “loss of consortium” damages typically relate to the impact on the accident victim’s relationship with their spouse. This may include loss of affection and normal marital relations, for example.
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