It’s one of the hardest times in life – after a debilitating accident. No one wants to be in this situation, but what if you are? You don’t have to go it alone. Because negotiating with the insurance company to try to get your bills covered just as your policy should be designed to do, can feel like David phoning up Goliath to try to make a deal. There are personal injury attorneys who spend years specializing in these kinds of situations. Sometimes all it takes is having one represent you to start a process in motion that would lead to a very different outcome than if you were to try to work with insurers yourself. For a list of questions to help you decide if an attorney can help you, click here.
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The Insurance Claims Process
After a serious collision, injured people must face the insurance claims process
After an injury accident, an insurance claim needs to be filed to ensure that the injured person receives compensation for medical expenses, lost work and wages, damaged property, and pain and suffering caused by the accident. Here is valuable information about the insurance claim process.
When an accident happens, regardless of who is at fault, all parties should contact their insurance companies immediately. The insurance adjusters will acquire information about the cause of the accident and the extent of injuries and property damage.
The insurance companies will then open an investigation. Those involved in the accident will be interviewed and asked to provide any accident-scene photos, names of witnesses, and any other information that has been collected.
Anyone injured in the crash will likely be asked to undergo an independent medical examination by a physician of the insurer’s choice to document the cause and extent of any injuries.
The insurance adjuster will calculate the value of the claim, and will issue a settlement check. If the insurance claim is denied, or if the insured feels that the settlement amount is too low, the insured can appeal to the insurance company.
Calculating Insurance Claim Value
While it is relatively easy to determine the cost of medical expenses and lost income, it's much more challenging to place a realistic dollar amount on the pain and suffering a person deals with after being injured. Insurance companies have developed damages formulas to calculate how much to pay the injured for these types of non-monetary damages.
Denial of Claims and the Appeals Process
There are many reasons why a claim may be denied:
- The statute of limitations may have run;
- The injured person failed to submit to an independent medical examination;
- the type of accident may not be covered under the insurance plan.
If the claim is denied, the insured will receive notification from the insurance company. The insured then has the option to appeal the denial of claim. Appeals procedures vary from company to company, so it is important to review the policy in learn about the appropriate next steps.
When to have a personal injury lawyer step in to help
After having a claim denied or receiving a settlement offer that is too low, many people seek the help of a personal injury attorney who has experience in interpreting insurance policies and dealing with insurance adjusters to obtain the highest settlement possible. Many other people choose to find an experienced injury lawyer soon after an accident, so that the attorney can handle the insurance claim from the start and allow an injured person to focus on healing.
Bellingham car accident victims take heed: what you say can and will be used against you in your accident claim
If you are the victim. It nearly never occurs that you will hear the adjuster handling your case admit that their insured customer is the one liable for the collision.
Please remember that even if an adjuster sounds sympathetic and friendly, they are not on your side. You must pay close attention to their questions, and assume that they are looking for anything that can reduce your claim.
Because they cannot take the documentation or word of the plaintiff as truth, insurance companies look to these agents to look into all claims submitted and make sure they are legitimate.
Insurance companies need to find out who is “at fault” in a car accident. The investigations they conduct are intended to do this.
While Arkansas is considered an “add-on state” for no-fault car insurance, the insurance laws in the state are fault-based. In other words, drivers are required under Arkansas law to carry liability coverage but can add no-fault coverage.
Regardless of the severity of the collision you were involved in, there are important things to know about how a motor vehicle collision could affect your insurance premium moving forward.
My client is confused as to why their own insurance company is left with the bill. I assure my clients that they have been paying an extra premium every month to their insurance company for this EXACT scenario.
In order to be as prepared as possible in the unfortunate instance that you are in an auto accident, don’t stress yourself out even more than you will be. Print this guide out and keep it in a small bag in your glove box with a pen, paper, and a camera.
It's important to remember that the insurance company isn't on your side. Their primary motivation is to protect their profit margin, not to help you in your time of need.
It is important to remain calm and collected in order to ensure that you take the proper steps following a car crash. Frantically yelling at the other driver or forgetting to exchange information can seriously harm you in the case you decide to file a claim.
The insurance companies want to settle claims under the true value to make money. IT is very simple folks, if the insurance companies did not make money by supplying you with insurance benefits, THEY WOULD NOT PROVIDE YOU INSURANCE BENEFITS.
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