How Can I Be Sure if I'm Being Fairly Compensated?
You cannot control your insurance company, neither can you control the at-fault driver's insurance company. As a claimant, all you can do is make sure you take all the necessary steps for a successful claim. What are some of those steps?
First of all, you shouldn't wait too long before you seek medical treatment after an accident. Part of filing a claim in which you receive fair compensation is doing things promptly. Seeking medical treatment promptly does a few things. It accurately shows the extent of your injuries. If you wait longer than a week to seek medical attention, then it may be difficult to ascertain what your injuries were like at the time of the accident. It also shows that you are responsible, and are taking pains to present an accurate claim.
If at all possible, get the names of any witnesses to the accident. Doing so can further strengthen your case. The stronger your case, the better your chances of being fairly compensated. In addition to witness testimony, you can also take pictures of the accident and your injuries. The more evidence you obtain, the better. In some cases, the accident is too severe for the victim to take pictures or names of witnesses.
Avoid admitting any fault at the scene of the accident or even at the hospital. Any admission of guilt can be used against you and could result in compensation that does not accurately reflect the nature of the accident. Be truthful when you are directly asked about the nature of your injuries and what happened to cause the accident. An accurate and truthful testimony goes a long way when it comes to determining fair compensation.
It is difficult for an individual to make an accurate determination as to whether or not they are being fairly compensated. This is why it is wise to contact a car accident attorney. An attorney can conduct an investigation into your case as well as your insurance policy.