Advocating for You: Personal Injury & Car Accident Lawyer
Being injured in a car accident can put your entire life on hold. And, that’s in the best-case scenario. Even when you can return to work right away, you’re swamped with considerations: Who should pay for the rear-end damage to your car? And, what about your medical bills? Those visits to urgent care, the overnight hospital stays, and physical therapy sessions can add up quickly. To secure the compensation that you deserve, you need a skilled personal injury and car accident lawyer to help you navigate the blurry world of insurance claims.
Even if your case appears to be black-and-white—for example, you were rear-ended by a driver who was following you too closely—insurance company adjusters will exhaust their resources to minimize your settlement. Less money for you means more money in the pocket of corporate as well as job security for the adjuster. However, hiring a team of experienced personal injury attorneys, such as the Ward Law Group, will give you a leg up when attempting to negotiate a fair settlement.
With nearly 20 years of experience, the Ward Law Group has handled every possible variation of an insurance claim. From minor fender benders to major accidents with catastrophic injuries, the Ward Law Group knows the correct switches to flip to allow your case to gain momentum.
In addition to serving English-speaking victims of personal injury, the Ward Law Group is passionate about providing bilingual legal services to the Spanish-speaking community. Don’t let language become an added barrier to achieving the compensation you deserve for your claim. Contact our team of legal advisors at the Ward Law Group today!
Common Types of Car Accident Claims that We Settle
Every year, 2.35 million Americans sustain a personal injury as the direct result of a car accident. (And, this figure omits the auto accidents in which motorists weren’t injured.)
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of car accidents occur not because of unavoidable events—like black ice or dense fog—but because of the negligence of other drivers. According to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the top 3 causes of car accidents include:
- Distracted Driving: You’ve probably noticed state-wide bans on hand-held devices, like cell phones and electronics, becoming increasingly popular in recent years. This is because distracted driving accounts for the #1 cause of car accidents in the United States. Texting-while-driving, talking on the phone, adjusting the radio or GPS, even eating and drinking while driving can all lead to car accidents (and personal injury).
- Drunk Driving: 28% of all car-related fatalities involve an intoxicated driver. If you have lost a loved one to drunk driving, then your personal injury claim falls into the category of wrongful death.
- Reckless Driving: Reckless driving includes car accidents that were caused by irresponsible acts such as speeding, tailgating, or lane-switching. In particular, the force of a collision increases with speed, making personal injuries more probable and severe.
However, these aren’t the only sources of personal injury that we take into account as we pursue your compensation. Other causes and forms of motor vehicle collisions that we commonly encounter in our practice include:
- Defective Car Parts
- Head-on Collisions
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Parking Lot Accidents
- Rear-End Collisions
- Road Rage Accidents
- Rollover Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
- Uber & Lyft Accidents
- Uninsured Motorists
- …and more.
Because there are different sets of laws and best practices that govern how you should proceed, you need a skilled personal injury lawyer to help you navigate the ever-shifting legal landscape.
Types of Car Accident Injuries & Compensation
From fender benders to multiple car pile-ups, motor vehicle accidents account for the second most common source of personal injury in the United States. Aside from emotional trauma, car accidents can also result in medical problems. Common forms of personal injuries from car accidents include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Whiplash or Soft Tissue Injuries
- Fractured or Broken Bones
- Bulging or Herniated Discs
- Lacerations or Burns
- Damage to Internal Organs
- Blindness or Deafness
- …among others.
When you suffer serious injuries because of the carelessness of others, you need an experienced personal injury attorney to help you maximize your claim. With expert legal assistance you may be entitled to the following forms of compensation:
- Property Damage: Material damage to your vehicle and a plethora of hidden costs (such as towing fees)
- Medical Bills: This includes bills for doctors or hospital visits, physical or occupational therapy, emergency surgery, inpatient care, etc.
- Lost Wages: Earnings that you lost while you were recuperating from an injury
- Loss of Earning Capacity: Projected wages that you will lose as the result of a permanent injury
- Pain & Suffering: Takes “intangibles” into consideration, such as emotional trauma or psychological distress
Gregory Ward and Jany Martinez-Ward have recuperated millions of dollars in personal injury compensation for victims of car accidents. In fact, in 2016, the Wards secured over $1,000,000 in compensation for the victim of a rollover accident! Don’t leave the fate of your settlement up to chance. Contact the Ward Law Group today to secure your legal rights and take on big-name insurance companies.
Maximizing Your Claim: Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
When guaranteeing a successful lawsuit, timing is often key.
Immediately after a car accident occurs, make sure to contact your insurance company to open a claim. If you intend to sue the negligent party, consult your state’s statute of limitations. Many states require that you file a lawsuit within a designated period of time (usually within two years). After this statute of limitations passes, you cannot sue the guilty party—even in instances of gross negligence.
Contact a lawyer who will handle all communication between your insurance company and yourself until you achieve a resolution. As your attorney handles the legal particulars, make sure that you receive a medical evaluation within 14 days of your accident. Evaluations that occur outside of this timeframe may be considered inadmissible in court.
If you contact an attorney from the scene or shortly thereafter, he or she will send investigators out to the site of the accident to collect photographic evidence, witness statements, and police reports. In the meantime, your attorney will also help you obtain an assessment of vehicle damage and submit the necessary paperwork (including a settlement demand letter) to the insurance company.
You must provide additional information to the insurance company that demonstrates the seriousness of your injuries. Your attorney must also establish any lost wages including your salary as well as how much income you lost. Furthermore, your insurance company will expect you to furnish any medical bills or information about the doctors who provided your medical care. All of these items will allow your attorney to mount a convincing case against the other driver, as well as counter any claims made by your insurance company.
How The Ward Law Group Can Help
Ready to start your claim? Don’t leave your settlement up to insurance adjusters who work for big-name insurance companies and not for you. Their job is to make certain that you receive the smallest payout possible for your claim. Instead, start your claim off on the right foot by contacting our team of car accident attorneys.
The Ward Law Group is committed to helping you secure the financial compensation that you deserve for medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and emotional suffering. Our English and Spanish-speaking attorneys can help you file important paperwork, furnish legal documentation (like hospital records), and eliminate the back-and-forth between yourself and your insurance company. For compassionate, effective, and culturally-competent legal advice that you can trust, contact The Ward Law Group today!