Whether your accident involved a fender bender or a minimal rear-end collision, many injury claims are relatively explicit. If you can answer the following question with a yes after your car accident, you may very well be able to handle the case on your own.
1. Have you fully recovered from your injuries?
Victims of car accidents need to wait until their injuries are completely healed. The majority of injury claims that occur in accidents are bruises, whiplash, muscle and tendon sprains, and minor cuts. It’s crucial to wait until all injuries have improved because a minor injury like a sore neck can grow into something much more severe, like a herniated disc.
2. Has the Insurer Acknowledged Full Liability?
The legal process can be handled much more efficiently when the insurance company accepts the liability entirely for their insured party. Once this part of the process is undertaken, all that’s left is the amount of the settlement money. To carry this out effectively, make sure you have the written proof of the insurance company accepting liability. You don’t know what the perpetrator could have said to misinform and skew the insurance company to sway the situation to protect themselves.
3. Do You Have the Energy & Time to Handle Your Claim?
Managing a personal injury claim after a car accident can be a lengthy process that requires careful organization and a great deal of time to speak to insurance companies or other parties involved. If you’re still coping with pain and attending physical therapy to heal from your injuries, this process may be best managed by an experienced car accident attorney.