When you are in an accident involving a truck and sustain injuries, your priority needs to be getting medical care. Once this has been done, many people worry about how they will pay for this care. Some claims resolve quickly, as the injuries are minor. However, other accidents lead to serious injuries that will require an extended recovery period. If your accident falls in the second category, seek help in resolving the claim.
Why Hire an Attorney to Handle the Claim?
Anyone who is seriously injured needs to focus solely on the recovery process. Insurance companies operate to make a profit, however, and will try to settle a claim quickly to pay out as little as possible. Rather than dealing with the insurance company, turn the matter over to the attorneys at Gauthier and Maier Law Firm, P.C. The attorneys address the legal aspects of the accident while you focus on the medical ones.
What is Involved in a Truck Accident Claim?
Truck accident claims are similar in some ways to other accident claims. The lawyer works to gather evidence and determine who is responsible for the accident and injuries. Multiple parties might be involved, and the attorney will name all in a lawsuit if the case makes it that far. They find these responsible parties by investigating the accident, talking to witnesses, and more.
In addition, the attorney will send the injury demand letter in an attempt to secure a settlement. This letter often is the beginning of negotiations between the parties involved. If you cannot agree on a settlement amount, the attorney takes the case to court. They represent victims in all legal proceedings, including depositions and court appearances.
The Injury Demand Letter
An injury demand letter outlines the extent of the injuries, the losses that you have as a result of the injuries, and the impact the accident has had on your life. This letter should state that you will sue if all parties cannot reach an agreement regarding a settlement. This letter may include a list of the damages incurred, as this shows the insurance company what compensation you should receive.
The insurance company might offer a fair settlement upon receiving this letter. If it does not, it may be time to take the case to court. The attorney will file the lawsuit on your behalf.
Proving Your Claim
A person cannot simply say they were injured. They must show proof of the injuries and also show how the parties named in the suit were responsible. Several parties might be named in the suit, such as the mechanic who worked on the truck and the driver’s employer. The insurance party is not a party in this suit, as they only represent those who are named.
In addition, a victim must also show how they suffered economic and non-economic damages because of the accident. A figure should be attached to these damages. The lawyer then demonstrates why the parties named in the suit are responsible for these expenses. Most victims find it easier to leave these tasks to an attorney to ensure nothing is overlooked.
Always speak to an attorney regarding your truck accident case. You may not choose to retain the attorney after this consultation, but it is always helpful to have a professional opinion when you are deciding how to proceed. You have nothing to lose when taking this step, so reach out to an attorney today.