Spokane Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions
Car accidents can be overwhelming. They become even more complicated if they involve someone else’s negligence. On top of the injuries and damages, you might find yourself also battling insurance companies and other professionals. Although most car accident questions will require an attorney who can look over the details of your case, here are some brief answers to some of the most common questions:
How long will it take to get compensation?
There is no set time limit for getting compensation. It can take weeks, months, or years depending on the details of your accident and your injuries. Your attorneys will focus on getting you the compensation you deserve, no matter how long that takes. When you meet with your lawyer, you can go over the details and get an estimate of what you can expect as far as timelines.
What if I’m not sure the accident was someone else’s fault?
It’s easy to be confused and disoriented after a car accident, and sometimes it’s difficult to determine right away just who was at fault. In any event, after an accident you are probably not in any condition to make a solid determination. It’s best that you consult a lawyer who can examine the details and help you figure out just who was responsible for your accident.
How much will a lawyer cost?
In car accident cases, payment is based on a contingency fee basis, which means that we don’t get paid unless we reach a settlement in your case. This allows you to focus on your injuries and moving forward, rather than on the extra expense of an attorney. If you don’t receive a settlement, we don’t get paid, so you have nothing to lose.
What should I do about medical bills?
You should continue to pay medical bills if you are able to. However, these expenses can be included in your case, and you could be reimbursed for them later. If you are having difficulty managing your medical bills right now, your attorney can help come up with a solution for dealing with them. In some cases, we can make a phone call and let your medical providers know we are working on your case, and a payment arrangement can be worked out in the meantime.
What types of damages can be covered?
Damages can include repairs to your vehicle, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, loss of employment, and loss of the ability to participate in hobbies and activities. The types of damages you can receive will depend on your accident and the injuries you have suffered. We can take a look at your case and give you an idea of the types of damages you may get compensated for.
Is this settlement enough?
Many times, insurance companies and other professionals will make a quick settlement offer in an effort to close the case quickly and move forward. However, you should know that this offer is usually the lowest possible amount they think they can get away with. Many settlement offers won’t cover the expenses and injuries you have now, or the ones you may encounter in the future. Don’t risk losing more than you have to by accepting a low settlement offer. It’s best to have an attorney look it over first and make sure nothing has been missed.
What should I do if the driver and insurance company deny liability?
It isn’t unusual for the other driver or insurance company to deny liability. In fact, it’s more common that they deny than immediately accept responsibility. It’s important that you have experienced lawyers on your side who can make sure the right people are held responsible so that you receive the compensation you deserve. You don’t even have to speak to the other driver or insurance company if you aren’t comfortable doing so. Give them your attorney’s contact information and let us handle the insurance company on your behalf.
Craig Swapp & Associates Car Accident Lawyers
If you or someone you know has been in a car accident, you likely have a number of questions. We can take a look at your case and give you an idea of the best way to move forward. Contact our office online immediately or call 1-800-404-9000 for a free consultation so we can help.