Your Rights After Getting Injured in an Accident

If you have suffered injuries in an accident, you may find yourself feeling anxious about the future. You may wonder about your health or how you’re going to pay all of your expenses. When this happens, what rights do you have, and how can they help you recover? 

When you’re hurt, the lawyers at Lane Brown, LLC are here to help. We can help you understand what rights apply to your claim and how we can guide you to a settlement or compensation in court. 

Your Rights as a Claimant

First, you have the right to file a claim. If you’re injured in an accident and there’s evidence against another driver that proves causation following the accident, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. 

A personal injury lawyer can help facilitate the process and make sure you get the fair treatment you’re due. Your lawyer can also help you act within state time limits for your claim, so you don’t have to worry about time running out to file a claim. 

You Have a Right to Damages

You also have the right to receive medical care for any injuries that you suffered during the accident. You can get a medical assessment immediately after the accident and then again whenever your condition gets better or worsens. Knowing how severe your injuries are is key for determining damages. 

If you were involved in an accident and suffered damages as a result, you can pursue compensation for your injuries. Damages refer to the losses and suffering, both economic and non-economic, you experienced because of the accident. There are several types of damages that you may be entitled to:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning capacity 
  • Property damage
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of consortium
  • Pain and suffering
  • Punitive damages, in certain cases 

Your Right to Answers Before You Settle

When police arrive on the scene, it is not uncommon for people to immediately admit fault for the accident. This is exactly what you should not do. Blaming yourself can hurt your claim, even if you didn’t cause the accident, and you don’t have to give any response until you talk to a personal injury lawyer.

You should also avoid signing or agreeing to anything until you talk to a lawyer. Insurance companies may ask for an immediate response and a quick settlement agreement. They may claim they won’t be held responsible for paying your medical bills or vehicle repair costs as long as you settle for an agreed-upon amount of money upfront. 

Oftentimes, such a settlement is unfair because it requires a claimant to waive their rights and accept what may be a lowball offer. You have a right to wait for your lawyer to give you the answers you need about an insurance settlement. 

Talk to a Lawyer About Your Rights

Protecting your rights after an accident can be tough, but you have options. Reach out to Lane Brown, LLC with any further questions so you can move forward with confidence and make the best decision for yourself and your family. 

Start with a free consultation by contacting our personal injury lawyers. You can call 312-332-1400 to get in touch, or you can reach out through our free online contact form below.

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