How much is my accident claim worth?
Our lawyers explain how much your injury claim may be worth
The financial toll of a bad car accident can add up fast. In a matter of just a few days or weeks, your accident-related expenses can add up fast. But what expenses are covered? How much is your injury claim worth?
These are very important questions you need accurate answers to right away. Otherwise, you could end up having to pay for accident-related expenses out of your own pocket. That’s not right. That’s why we want to meet with you as soon as possible to discuss your case.
Our experienced accident lawyers at Glaser & Ebbs can help you every step of the way. We have more 100 years of combined legal experience handling car accident claims in Fort Wayne and throughout Indiana. As a result, we know how much accident claims can and should be worth. As your attorney, we will fight for the maximum financial compensation. Your best interests come first here.
What expenses can I be compensated for?
If you have been injured in an accident in Indiana caused by another driver, you should be financially compensated for all your accident-related expenses. That’s because Indiana has a fault-based insurance system, which means the at-fault driver and their insurance company are responsible for compensating everyone injured in the accident.
It’s also important to understand that you should be financially compensated for all past, present and future expenses related to your accident, not just short-term accident expenses immediately after your accident. As a result, your compensation should cover all these common expenses and many more, including:
- All vehicle repair and replacement costs
- Ambulance fees related to your accident
- Emergency room care
- Hospital fees
- Emergency surgical procedures
- Follow-up surgical procedures
- Doctor’s appointments
- Physical therapy
- Replacement income during your recovery if you cannot work
- Lost future income if you cannot work in the future due to a permanent disability sustained in your crash
- Home health care services if necessary
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
- Funeral expenses if your loved one died in a fatal car accident
Expenses can quickly add up to thousands of dollars or significantly more. In each case, you deserve to be paid for each accident-related expense, whether it was something you were charged for a few hours or a few years after your crash.
Who decides how much money I receive?
Many different people and companies often have a lot to say about how much money you should – or should not – receive for your accident. The companies that often have the biggest influence in these discussions are the insurance companies representing you, the other driver and any other at-fault parties.
In many cases, the insurance company for the at-fault party (generally, the driver who caused your accident) will do everything they can to reduce or deny your claim. That’s because they realize many accident claims end up being worth thousands of dollars or much more.
If an insurance company makes a lowball settlement offer or denies your claim, you have options. You can demand more money or file a lawsuit against them to get the money you deserve. In either case, your attorney can handle these negotiations and the necessary paperwork, especially if you decide to file a lawsuit or take other legal action.
How much time do I have to file a claim or take legal action?
It’s important to understand that you often only have a limited amount of time to take legal action after your motor vehicle accident. In Indiana, the deadline (known as the statute of limitations) is two years from the date of your crash.
Two years might seem like a long time, but the longer you wait to take legal action, the harder it can be for your attorney to build the strongest possible legal case. That’s because the evidence needed to support your accident claim might no longer exist. Memories fade. Witnesses move away. Accident debris can be destroyed or lost.
Make sure you make the most of your opportunity for justice. Make sure you have an aggressive attorney who will fight for you and demand the maximum financial compensation you deserve for your crash.
How can a lawyer help me?
When you have an experienced lawyer working for you, insurance companies don’t dictate what happens. You’re in charge. You decide what happens next, whether it’s having your legal team negotiate with insurance companies or file a lawsuit on your behalf. Whichever route you choose to pursue, we can lead the charge and fight for what’s rightfully yours.
Demand the money you deserve for your accident-related expenses. Contact us and schedule a free consultation with a lawyer at our firm who can fight for you after your accident. We have offices in Fort Wayne and other locations located throughout Indiana. We can also meet with you in your home, your hospital room or wherever’s convenient for you.