Why You Should Pursue Compensation
A car accident can have far-reaching consequences, with injuries being the most debilitating. Damage to your car can also result in repair costs and inconvenience, especially if its condition no longer allows for everyday use.
Typical car accident injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Bone fractures
- Burn wounds
- Deep lacerations
- Internal organ damage or bleeding
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injury, which can result in paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
If you or a loved one suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligent driving, you could claim for your medical expenses. An injury can also affect your ability to work and earn an income. In the case where you are no longer able to care for yourself and your dependents, you may also be able to claim for loss of income.
If the accident resulted in death, the victim’s family might successfully pursue compensation for loss of income and the emotional trauma of losing a loved one.
After a hit-and-run, you should pursue compensation to alleviate the financial toll on you and your family. You may also need compensation for intangible damages, such as loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, and pain and suffering.
Don’t allow another person’s negligence to impact your well-being. Bell & Pollock P.C. will help you go through the process of claiming compensation from the negligent driver or insurance company.
When law enforcement establishes the identity and other information on the person who caused the accident, you can initiate a personal injury lawsuit against them, or you can negotiate a settlement with their insurance company.
The settlement amount you can expect to claim depends on several factors, including the circumstances of the incident and the damages you suffered. In cases where the plaintiff suffered severe personal injuries and extensive damage to their vehicle, they can claim thousands of dollars from the defendant.
There are many different types of damages in a car accident claim, including:
- Medical expenses, such as ambulance costs, hospital stays, medication, rehabilitation, and surgery
- Loss of income
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Property loss
- Damages involving wrongful death
Before filing a claim, your attorney at Bell & Pollock will help you determine an appropriate compensation amount as a remedy for the damages you suffered as a result of the accident.
Filing a Lawsuit
When the police find the person who caused the accident, you can press criminal charges against them and file a civil claim for damages. In the state of Colorado, there is a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury claims, so you can still file a lawsuit for three years after the incident occurred.
Filing a civil claim requires an extensive legal knowledge, evidence in the form of pictures and documentation, and thorough preparation. Having a skilled attorney like Bell & Pollock on your side will increase your chances of filing a successful claim.
Ideally, you should also have adequate insurance coverage, so you don’t entirely depend on the outcome of the case.
If you were involved in a hit-and-run, insurance is crucial to, at least, pay for your medical expenses and restore your means of transportation. Having sound insurance coverage is particularly critical if the driver who is responsible for the accident is unidentified
Your insurance policy should be sufficient to cover some of the damages you incurred as a result of the accident. However, you can expect your insurance company to try and minimize these payments.
Bell & Pollock P.C – A Denver Hit & Run Accident Attorney
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, Bell & Pollock can provide you with all the legal resources you need to file a successful claim for damages. Our legal solutions include a thorough investigation to gather evidence. Such an investigation involves collaborating with, among others, accident reconstruction and medical experts.
As your lawyers, we will also communicate and negotiate with insurance claims adjusters and the defendant on your behalf to maximize compensation. Additionally, we will also dispute your claim and represent your interests if the case goes before the court.