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Tulsa, OK 74103
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Auto Accidents FAQ
FAQs Auto Accidents
- Do I need to enlist the representation of a lawyer if I have been involved in a car accident?
- Should I agree to a settlement from an insurance adjuster prior to consulting with a lawyer?
- What amount of damages might I receive as a result of my claim?
- Will I collect money from my own insurance company?
- Should I pay the bills that come in while my case is being adjudicated?
Consulting with an attorney that specializes in personal injury is highly recommended following an auto accident. A qualified lawyer will ensure that all documentation is readily available to ensure all of your expenses are recovered. Some injuries may not be evident for a day or two. An experienced auto accident attorney will evaluate your case and help you determine if you need to file a claim free of charge. Personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis, meaning that you pay nothing until your attorney wins a judgment or settlement.
Insurance companies’ goals are to pay out the very minimum for all settlements. They are, after all, for-profit entities. Signing an agreement or settlement prior to consulting with a lawyer may result in you receiving far too little to cover your expenses and will negate the possibility of you recovering further damages.
Each auto accident claim varies, so the amount of damages you might receive will be based upon your individual case. You will be entitled to monies for all damages that can include medical bills, lost wages, loss of ability to earn an income, property damage and future medical bills related to your injuries.
If you are involved in an auto accident where the other driver is found to be at fault, you generally will collect damages from his or her insurance company. Uninsured motorist coverage from your own insurance may have to handle your claim if the other driver does not have the required insurance coverage.
If at all possible, you should pay your bills and keep records of all payments. It may take weeks or even months for your case to be finalized and you do not want to risk credit problems as a result of not paying your bills. Once an agreement is reached or a judge issues a decision on your case, you will receive reimbursement for your damages and expenses.