If you’ve been injured in an auto accident that was not your fault, you may have options for recovering a Little Rock car accident settlement. The process can be complex, however, and you will need to deal with an insurance company in order to obtain a settlement. An experienced Arkansas car accident attorney can assist you through this process.
For more information, contact the Johnson & Vines Law Firm today. We offer free, no obligation consultations, and we can help you determine whether you have a claim. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
What Can I Get in a Little Rock Car Accident Settlement?
If you have been injured in an accident that is not your fault, the law entitles you to recover money as compensation for certain damages that you may have sustained in the accident. Common types of damages recoverable in a personal injury case include:
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of ability to earn
- Scarring and disfigurement
When someone’s negligence results in the death of another person, family members of the person killed may recover damages for the wrongful death of their loved one. Wrongful death damages include:
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death
- Conscious pain and suffering prior to death
- Loss of the economic support of the loved one
- Loss of the companionship of the loved one
- Funeral expenses
The amount of money that you can expect to recover depends on many factors, including the severity of your injuries and whether your own fault contributed to the accident in any way. There is no set amount that can be recovered in all cases.
Each case is different, and it is important to note that just because you have been injured in an accident, you are not automatically entitled to recover money. The at-fault driver and his or her insurance company are only responsible for the damages caused by the accident, and it your burden to prove those damages.
What is the First Step in Settling My Auto Accident Claim?
The first step in obtaining a Little Rock car accident settlement should be to contact an attorney. You will most likely have exchanged insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident, and if the at-fault driver reported the accident to his or her insurance company, they will probably try to contact you within a few days following the accident.
The at-fault driver’s insurance company knows that it will owe money for your damages, but it will try to minimize the money that it pays. Insurance adjusters are trained in negotiating car accident settlements, and they may try to take advantage of your lack of training to avoid paying damages that you are entitled to recover. Their duty is not to you, but to the other driver.
By contacting an attorney as soon as possible, you can learn your options in dealing with the insurance company. Johnson & Vines attorneys provide free consultations for people injured in auto accidents, and if you hire us it will not cost you any money out of pocket.
The attorney you hire will deal with the insurance company while you focus on recovering from your injuries. At the proper time, he or she will make a demand on the insurance company for a settlement, and the process of obtaining your Little Rock car accident settlement will begin.
Will I Have to go to Court to Get a Settlement?
In most cases, it will not be necessary for you to go to court. Most auto accident cases settle without the need to even file a lawsuit. When a lawsuit it filed, most of those cases settle before court. If it is necessary to go to court, your attorney will help you be fully prepared.
How Will My Little Rock Car Accident Settlement be Paid?
If a settlement of your auto accident claim is reached with the other driver’s insurance company, the insurance company will require that you sign a release of your claims. Once they receive the release, they will issue a check made payable to you and your attorney, who will deposit the check into his or her trust account.
Your lawyer will then prepare a document showing the amount paid for the settlement, the amount deducted for the fee that you and your attorney agreed on before the representation began, the amounts to be reimbursed for case expenses and to be withheld and paid to medical providers, and the amount payable to you.
Once you have signed the document, which is called a disbursement sheet, your attorney will issue you a check for the amount payable to you from the settlement, and your case will be concluded.
The Time You Have to Pursue a Claim is Limited. Contact Us Today.
If you have questions about a Little Rock car accident settlement, or if you want to speak with an attorney, contact the Johnson & Vines law firm today. You can contact us by filling out the form on this page, calling us at 501-777-7777, or emailing us at [email protected].
After you contact us, an attorney will follow up with you to get more information about your case. There is no cost or obligation to speak with us, and all of the information you provide is confidential.
Please note that the law limits the time you have to pursue a claim or file a lawsuit for an injury. If you think you have a case, you should not delay taking action.