A Rhode Island car accident has the potential to cause serious injuries and adversely disrupt lives. While injuries can be physically painful and uncomfortable, they can also leave victims and their families with mounting medical expenses and emotional trauma. Many car accident victims are also left with a number of questions about the next steps to take in the claims process.
Our experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyers understand that the weeks and months after a car accident can be physically, emotionally and financially challenging for victims and families. Here, we have provided answers to some of the most common questions we get after a Rhode Island car accident.
What is my car accident case worth?
The value or worth of your car accident claim depends on the injuries, damages and losses you suffered as a result of the accident. Some of the critical factors that could affect the value of your case include the nature and severity of your injuries, how your ability to work was affected if you will be able to work in the future, and how your quality of life was diminished as a result of this traumatic event in your life.
Here are some examples of the compensation that is available to Rhode Island car accident victims:
Medical expenses: This includes the cost of emergency treatment, hospital stays, surgeries and treatment and other associated expenses. If the injuries you suffered require ongoing treatment, that estimated cost should also be included in your car accident claim.
Lost income: If you were unable to work because of your injuries, you can also seek compensation for lost income.
Permanent injuries: If you suffered catastrophic or permanent injuries, you may be entitled to compensation for lost earning capacity or disabilities.
Pain and suffering: Known as non-economic damages, car accident victims may seek compensation for the physical pain and the emotional suffering they undergo after a crash.
Whom can I hold liable for my injuries?
Under Rhode Island law, the individuals and/or entities who were at fault for the accident can be held liable for your losses. Many car accidents typically involve one or more drivers who caused the accident. In some cases, the negligence of a party such as the manufacturer of a defective auto part or a governmental agency that failed to properly maintain or design a roadway can also be held liable. In some cases, the employer of a negligent driver can also be held financially responsible. Since liability is a complex issue, it is important that you contact an experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyer who can help you determine the facts of your case.
Should I talk to the insurance company after a car accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you report the incident to your auto insurance company right away so they can get the claims process started. However, it is also important that you proceed with caution. Don’t provide recorded statements to your insurance company or the insurer of other parties involved.
Do not accept any settlement offers unless you have first talked to your own lawyer. Insurance companies may act friendly, but they are not your friends in such situations. Their primary goal is to make sure they minimize their payouts in accident cases. They are looking out for their bottom line, not your best interests.
Why is medical treatment important after a car accident?
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is crucial that you receive prompt medical attention, care and treatment. Even if you feel that you did not suffer major injuries after a crash, schedule an appointment to get checked out by your doctor to rule out internal injuries. Many injuries such as whiplash may not surface for days after a crash. Seeking prompt medical attention not only ensures that you get on the road to recovery as soon as possible but also helps document your car accident injuries and the treatment you received for those injuries.
Can I afford a Rhode Island car accident lawyer?
Most law firms in Rhode Island, including ours, work on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not have to pay us any fees unless we win compensation for you. Essentially, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by scheduling a free initial consultation with us. Our fees will be a set percentage of the money we recover in your car accident case.
The experienced Rhode Island car accident lawyers at d’Oliveira & Associates have a long and successful record of representing injured car accident victims and their families to secure maximum compensation for their losses. Call us at 1-800-992-6878 to schedule a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation. You can also fill out an online contact form.