So you’ve been hurt in a car accident. You are not alone. Each year, more than two million people are injured in car accidents. In 2015, it was 2.4 million, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). When you’ve been hurt in a car accident, chances are you have a lot of questions. At the David Aylor Law Offices we want you to know how to make the most of your auto accident case. With that in mind, here are five straightforward ways to make your case count and make the most of it.
Get a Lawyer
Perhaps the quickest way to improve your chances of success is to hire a lawyer. An experienced auto accident lawyer will be in the best position to advise you and help you make good decisions throughout your case.
Get Medical Care and Follow the Plan
If you are injured in a car accident, you need to get emergency medical care. Make sure you know what is wrong. If you have injuries, they need to be documented and treated. Follow your physician’s plan closely and don’t miss appointments if you can help it. If you blow off doctors’ appointments or allow long gaps in care, an insurance company may see this as a sign that your injuries aren’t really that big of a deal.
Take Advantage of All Benefits, Including Health Plans and Medical Payments
If you carry optional coverage, such as medical payments, use it. Your attorney can help you understand how to use these benefits to maximize your compensation. You pay for these benefits through premiums, so you have earned the right to use them if injured. Likewise, if you receive Medicare, Medicaid, or have a private health insurance plan, you may be able to obtain deep reductions in the cost of your care if you ask your providers to bill your health plan. Of course, in many cases they will not. Still, you should discuss your options with your attorney, because each case is unique.
Understand Your Rights When it Comes to Liens
When you get medical care after a South Carolina car wreck, your medical providers will have a right to place a lien on your case. This is also true of health insurance, including Medicare and Medicaid. If they pay for your care, they will have a right to be reimbursed. Sometimes you can negotiate reductions in these liens in order to keep more of your money.
Know Why You Are Pursuing Compensation
It can be easy to forget the reason why you are pursuing your case. It’s not to get rich or receive a windfall, although in catastrophic cases there can be very large awards. The actual goal is to repay you for something that was lost. If you lost time from work, you should seek to get that money back. If you incurred medical bills, the at-fault driver should have to pay them. If you suffered from pain and suffering, you should be compensated for that. When you receive a settlement or judgment, seriously think about how to make that money work for you. Will you use it to catch up on debts you incurred while trying to get by after the crash? Perhaps you will use it to retrain for a new career, following a permanent and disabling injury.
At David Aylor Law Offices, we pride ourselves on serving as trusted advisors and counselors who can help our clients not only recover money for injuries, but also decide how to best use the money to improve their lives and get back on their feet. Call us to schedule a free consultation today.
David Aylor is a Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Charleston, Walterboro, and Myrtle Beach, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 11 years. David Aylor believes in defending the accused. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.