Understanding Your Right to Compensation After a Car Accident
Victims who suffer injuries in a car accident caused by negligence have a legal right to be financially compensated by the at-fault party. While this is your legal right, ensuring that it is protected and that you are fully and fairly compensated for your damages is not always an easy task. This is often because insurance companies place profit margins over people, and will do whatever they can to pay you as little as possible.
At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno personal injury lawyers have earned a reputation as advocates who aggressively fight for the compensation victims deserve after they were hurt by others. If you or someone you love has been injured in a crash, we’re available 24/7 to help you better understand your rights, including your right to financial compensation.
Here are a few important things to know about your right to compensation:
- The Types of Compensation - You have the right to be compensated for the damages that resulted from your accident and injuries. Because every wreck and injury is unique, these damages can vary from case to case. Aside from compensation for any property damage to your vehicle, you can also receive compensation for the financial expenses that it created for you and your loved ones. This includes compensation for your medical bills and the costs of future medical treatment, lost work wages, and any diminished working ability your injuries might have caused, among other monetary damages. Victims and families can also recover compensation for their emotional injuries, as crashes can place great strain on their lives. Some examples of emotional injuries include pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of emotional support.
- Insurance Companies Will Try to Avoid Paying – Insurance corporations are businesses, which means they care about profits more than they care about paying out claims to victims. They are not going to automatically pay you what you need right away. In fact, insurers often try to contact victims and offer them lowball settlements, even if it is less than what a victim requires. They may also try to get you to make statements that can be perceived as admission of fault for causing or contributing to a crash so they don’t have to pay at all. You should not discuss the case with insurers until you speak with a lawyer.
- You Will Need to Prove Fault and Liability – Although you have the right to be compensated if another person or party caused you harm. You will need to prove this under legal standards. This means that you will need to establish a few key elements of a personal injury claim: (1) The driver, like all other drivers, had a duty to drive safely. (2) The driver failed to uphold their legal duty to drive with care by being negligent, i.e. disobeying traffic laws or driving under the influence. (3) The driver’s negligence more likely than not caused your accident and your injuries. (4) The damages you suffered as a result of the crash should be compensated by the at-fault driver.
Unfortunately, even if another driver is clearly at fault for causing your crash, the path to recovering financial compensation is not always an easy one. At Joey Gilbert Law, our attorneys know how these claims work, and we know how insurance companies do what they can to pay as little as possible. By working with an experienced car accident lawyer from our Reno team, you can ensure that your right to compensation for your damages is protected, and that you can pursue the maximum compensation possible.
Contact Joey Gilbert Law today for a FREE consultation. We’re available 24/7.