The Most Important Things to Ask for in a Car Accident Settlement

August 10, 2023 | By Impact Legal Car Accident Attorneys
The Most Important Things to Ask for in a Car Accident Settlement

Life is uncertain after an unexpected accident. Will the insurance company come through? Should you call a car accident lawyer? How do you value your case? Will you ever get your life back in order after a car wreck? What should you even ask for in a car accident settlement? Don't rely on the insurance company to come through – they don't have your best interest in mind. An attorney will ensure that the insurance companies do their jobs and don't try to lowball you. An attorney will also help you value your accident case, so you can be sure you have what you need to take care of yourself and get back to living your life. In this article, we'll provide a checklist of the most important things to ask for in an accident settlement. 

If you've been hurt in an accident, don't wait. Call or text our experienced and trusted car accident lawyers today to make sure you have a fair shot at putting your life back together. You can reach us at 602-345-1818, or fill out this online form to schedule a free initial case review. 

What Can I Ask For in a Car Accident Settlement?

To get the best outcome in your car accident settlement, be sure to document everything. While medical records and bills are extremely important, documentation shouldn't stop there. Note that in addition to your obvious financial injuries, you may also have non-economic damages available to you. Don't neglect your emotional health and healing in the process of getting your life back together following an accident. In this section, we'll cover a few important elements to consider when constructing your car accident settlement with your attorney. 

Financial Losses

Financial losses are a big part of your recovery, and they can weigh extremely heavily on you following an unexpected accident. From huge medical bills to uncertain healing time to necessary home renovations to life-changing property damage to lost time at work, etc. Financial losses can compound after a car accident. Some damages are obvious, but you may not realize that other costs incurred as a result of the accident are recoverable. These less-obvious items may include rehabilitation costs, temporary or permanent alterations to your home, home health expenses, home cleaning or maintenance services, etc. It's advisable to work with your accident lawyer to determine what may factor into your settlement, so you don't miss any recovery opportunities. 

Pain and Suffering

Hollywood talks a lot about the legal remedy of pain and suffering, so you've probably heard about it. It's extremely possible to recover damages for pain and suffering in real cases, as this is an injury that is legally recognized. Even after treating an injury, you may have a long road to recovery that results in lingering pain and physical discomfort. You can and should be compensated for this.  

Emotional Pain

People often neglect emotional pain when requesting compensation in a car accident settlement. Emotional pain is a reality in the aftermath of a car accident, and you shouldn't neglect this part of your recovery. Accidents are traumatic, and your mental health is vital in the process of healing. Emotional pain may include a few different elements, so be sure to work with your accident lawyer when determining which emotional elements to include in your car accident settlement. 

Loss of Enjoyment of Life

Typically, the purpose of personal injury law is to get a person back to the state they were in before the accident took place. For some, accidents affect how they interact with the world, causing their lives to look extremely different before and after the car accident. In these cases, compensation may be available.  

What's the Value of My Case?

The value of your case depends on the facts involved. Everyone's case is different, but an accident lawyer can help you determine what to ask for in your car accident settlement. Impact Legal provides a tool to help you understand what your case may be worth. We recommend talking to our lawyers after using the tool. During a free initial case review, we can help you get a better idea of your potential case value. 

How to Best Help Your Case

To get the best outcome for your personal injury case, be sure to document everything from beginning to end. From the first moments of your car accident, ensure you're following the appropriate steps. We've compiled a checklist, so you know the important steps after a car accident. Once you've completed the first initial steps of obtaining other driver information, going to the doctor, etc, don't forget to seek continued medical treatment if needed. Make sure to keep any associated expenses in a file. Your lawyer will help you know what you should be documenting throughout the personal injury case process. Be sure to speak with your attorney about the right steps to take in your specific case. 

Get a Free Initial Case Review Today

At Impact Legal, we provide free initial case reviews to our clients. You can schedule yours by calling or texting us at 602-345-1818. You may also fill out our online form, and we will reach back out to you to schedule your case review. We look forward to helping you get your life back on track. Don't delay your recovery – call our experienced accident lawyers today.