Marasco & Nesselbush car accident attorneys in Warwick, RI, have witnessed first-hand the plight of many car accident victims. Our hearts go out to every family whose lives have been affected by a car crash.
Our dedicated Warwick car crash attorneys help accident victims recover financially and get the justice they deserve. If you are currently struggling to cope with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident involving you or a loved one, call us today for a free legal consultation at 855-976-5527.
Personal Injury Claims After a Car Accident
A personal injury claim is a legal process designed to help those injured in various types of accidents to recover financially from the person, group, or organization responsible for their injuries. It protects the rights of victims and holds those responsible accountable for their carelessness or improper conduct.
Motor vehicle accidents usually happen when one driver either fails to act with a sufficient level of care or disregards traffic law. In legal terms, it can be said that a driver who caused an accident is guilty of either negligence or recklessness. If their guilt can be proven, then the injured party can claim financial compensation for the bodily injuries and property damage sustained.
In most cases, such compensation will be paid by the insurance company of the driver responsible for the damage. Sometimes, a personal injury claim cannot be resolved between the injured party and the insurer of the at-fault party. In such circumstances, the case may be brought to a court and decided by a jury.
An attorney can examine the following questions with you to determine whether your case qualifies for a claim.
Was the accident caused by another driver’s negligence or recklessness?
A driver’s negligence can take many forms. Accidents caused by speeding, ignoring traffic lights or a stop sign, failure to yield, illegal passing, or driving inappropriately for the weather conditions can all be examples of negligence. Recklessness is even a more serious offense describing willful disregard for the safety of others.
If you have suffered in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another driver, it is likely that you have the basis for a successful personal injury claim or a lawsuit. Of course, each case is unique. It is best to contact our offices for a personal consultation tailored to your needs. Make an appointment today by calling 855-976-5527.
Did you suffer bodily injuries in the accident or damage to your property?
To claim damages, you must be able to prove that the accident resulted in bodily injury or damage to your property. There are many types of injuries that can occur after a car crash. They can range from relatively small – for example, cuts and bruises – to serious, such as broken bones, whiplash, or concussion. Severe accidents can result in catastrophic injuries or even death.
If you have been involved in an accident, you should seek medical help and attention immediately. Even if your injuries seem insignificant at first, you should make sure that you are properly examined by a medical doctor.
There are at least two reasons to do so. First, what may seem trivial at first can have serious consequences in the long run. Second, medical documentation will be a vital way of proving your injuries and their severity to the insurance company or a jury in a potential lawsuit.
Can the fault be proven?
If you suffered in an accident due to no fault of your own, you are likely convinced beyond the shadow of a doubt of the fault of the other driver. Nevertheless, from a legal standpoint, your personal conviction is not enough. You need to be able to successfully prove the fault of the responsible party.
What can be used as evidence of fault? You may need to contact eyewitnesses of the accident and take their testimony. Obtaining police reports can also help your cause as such documents often explicitly mention at-fault parties. The damage to your car and photographs from the scene of the accident can likewise serve as corroborating evidence.
Many accidents are caused by driver’s impairment or distraction. Proving that such factors led to the accident may be challenging, yet, it is not impossible. Our attorneys have great experience in handling such cases and in successfully gathering and organizing the evidence of fault. Contact our legal team to discuss the circumstances of your accident and the ways in which fault can be proven.
What Will My Compensation Cover?
In the aftermath of an accident, you may find yourself facing a host of unplanned expenses. Immediate costs will probably be related necessary health care and medical attention. Checkups, x-rays, surgeries, medication and rehabilitation, all of these procedures are vital for recovery yet their cost might seem overwhelming. The financial impact of the accident may be further aggravated if you are unable to return to work for an extended period of time.
If you find yourself in dire financial straits after your accident, a personal injury claim can seek monetary compensation for the following financial damages:
- Medical expenses – This includes the expenses of medical procedures necessary for recovery from your injuries.
- Past and future lost wages – If you were unable to work due to your injuries, this may compensate for the wages that you weren’t able to collect.
- Property damage – This can include damage to your car and other property damaged in the accident.
- Pain and suffering – This compensates for the pain and discomfort you experienced in the aftermath of the accident.
- Emotional distress – Usually treated as a part of pain and suffering damages, many people experience serious psychological distress following an accident. The symptoms may include loss of sleep, anxiety, and PTSD.
How Much is My Claim Worth?
Will you be able to obtain compensation for all of the damage categories mentioned above? Much depends on the specific circumstances of your case and your ability to prove any given damage or injury. In some cases, the insurance company of the at-fault party may try to disprove the validity of some of your claims. The help of an experienced attorney is essential.
Our attorneys will help you gather evidence supporting your claim and present a strong case while evading the tricky tactics insurers may try to employ. If a fair settlement with the insurer cannot be reached, we are ready to take your case to court and tirelessly represent your interests.
The Contingency Fee Model Means That You Can Afford the Best Legal Representation
Hiring a car accident attorney is vital if you have a legal battle concerning a personal injury claim ahead of you. Your health and financial stability are two things you don’t want to take chances with and a successful outcome can greatly contribute to your recovery. You may still be wondering, though, how you will be able to pay for a lawyer, especially with all of the other expenses that need to be taken care of.
At Marasco & Nesselbush, your case evaluation is always free and we promise not to charge you anything unless you recover the compensation you deserve. We work on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee will constitute a percentage of the money awarded to you in damages. If we can’t get you the compensation you deserve, we don’t get paid.
Contact our Warwick law offices for a free case evaluation today. Call 855-976-5527