You may be within your rights to bring a case against the individuals who caused your car accident. If an insurance adjuster or the court finds them liable for your injuries, you may receive compensation for your economic and non-economic suffering.
You also have options to help you seek justice. Having legal representation can help you pursue damages while also focusing on your physical recovery. When you retain a car accident lawyer from our firm, our team of attorneys can work on every aspect of your case.
Types of recoverable damages
If you file a claim or lawsuit against the individuals who caused your car accident, your recoverable damages will generally be split into two categories: economic damages and non-economic damages.
We can calculate your economic damages
Economic damages will cover all the financial difficulties you have experienced since your accident, as well as the financial hurdles you will face in the future.
You may qualify for:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Long-term care facilities
- Lost wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Treatment programs that help you with long-term disabilities, including medical devices and vocational rehabilitation services
We may speak to your doctors to see how your injuries will affect you in the future to make sure you are seeking a fair settlement.
We can calculate your non-economic losses
Whereas economic losses have a concrete value, like the cost of repairing your car, your mental suffering does not have a traditional value. Fortunately, our attorneys can assign a monetary value to your non-economic damages.
You may receive compensation for your pain and suffering, which includes your physical and emotional anguish. You could also qualify for loss of quality of life. Once this process is complete, our attorneys will have a concrete value to go off of while we work to negotiate a settlement on your behalf.
How a lawyer from our firm can help you
We understand that you need to focus on healing after an accident. We can tackle the legal process while you focus on getting better.
When we take on a case, we give it the personalized attention it deserves from start to finish. Whether we are filing an insurance claim or lawsuit, we will fight for fair compensation.
There are several ways we can help you with your case.
Identify the liable party
Sometimes, there is more than one liable party in a car accident. Through an investigation, we will get to the bottom of your case to determine how negligence led to your injuries.
We may employ the skills of professionals like accident reconstructionists to help prove the liability of the other driver.
Gather the necessary evidence
Our auto accident lawyers utilize a few key methods when documenting your economic and non-economic losses.
Some of the other methods for documenting your losses include:
- Pictures from the scene of the accident
- Medical documents, including your official diagnosis and treatment history
- Medical bills
- Estimates about your long-term suffering, including your timeline for recovery and the long-term cost of your medical treatments
- Statements from your loved ones
- Employment history, including records of your previous income
- Testimony from expert witnesses, like psychologists and economists
- And more
Negotiate with insurers
Once we identify the liable party, we usually begin with filing a claim with their insurance provider. Insurers may offer an initial settlement that does not fairly compensate you for your losses, though. When this happens, we will negotiate for a fair settlement.
We will also handle all of the paperwork and communications involved with your claim.
Represent you at a trial
If we need to take legal action on your behalf, we will not hesitate to do so. We can file a personal injury lawsuit to seek a court-awarded offer. We will present our evidence and argue your case before a judge or jury.
If you lost a loved one due to a car accident in Blue Bell, our lawyers can file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek a financial recovery.
How comparative negligence may apply to your case
According to 42 Pa. C.S.A. § 7102, your settlement can be reduced if you contributed to your accident in any way. This process is referred to as “comparative negligence.”
The more you contributed to your accident, the more money will be taken out of your final settlement. As such, if you contributed to 25% of your accident, you can still recover compensation—your final settlement will just be reduced by 25%.
Deadlines for taking legal action
If we cannot secure a fair settlement by negotiating with insurers, we can bring your case to court. We do not have an unlimited amount of time to do this, though.
42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524 gives you a general two-year window to file a claim after a negligent car accident in Blue Bell. If this deadline passes and you do not file a case, you may lose your right to seek compensation through a lawsuit.
What to do after an accident
There are a few things you should be aware of after experiencing injuries in a car accident. Here are some things you can do to protect your rights and support your case for compensation.
Seek medical attention and document your losses
Your health should be your top priority in the immediate aftermath of your car accident. Do not delay seeking medical attention, even if you believe your injuries to be minor. Some injuries may worsen over time, especially if you do not obtain medical care.
Not only will documenting your injuries help you improve the value of your case, but this process can also help you prove liability.
Stay off of social media
After an accident, it is best to avoid any mention of it on social media. Do not post pictures of the accident scene or mention the names of the potentially liable parties. You will want to protect your rights when seeking compensation, and writing about your accident on the internet can compromise your case.
Work with our lawyers after a car accident in Blue Bell
After a car accident in Blue Bell, our lawyers can help you fight for fair compensation. Here at Cordisco & Saile LLC, we advocate for victims of negligence. We can help you determine your legal options and what your case may be worth.
To learn more about protecting your rights after a car accident in Blue Bell, contact a representative at Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335. We can offer you a free consultation.