Getting compensation for damages through a car accident claim requires the legal advocacy of an experienced attorney, along with a little patience. In a perfect world, the insurance company that represents the at-fault driver would compensate you to the fullest extent after a crash.
Unfortunately, it almost never works that way. Even after the evidence is presented against the at-fault driver, pursuing complete and fair compensation can turn into an ongoing legal battle that can last for months.
How does the process get drawn out?
If you were involved in a crash, it's important to know that you should never speak to the at-fault driver's insurance company. They have no interest in paying you the money you deserve, and in reality, they don't want to pay you anything at all. Remember, insurance companies are in business to make money, not give it away. Anything you say to them could be used against you to challenge your claim or deny it altogether. That's why it's best to let an attorney negotiate with them on your behalf. If a fair settlement can't be reached, your case can go to trial.
Let it be known that insurance companies will do whatever it takes to save money — they are willing to give up a small amount of money now to save more later. They often hire defense attorneys and employ other "experts" in the courtroom to dupe jurors and keep the verdict as low as possible.
Even after a fair verdict has been reached, the at-fault driver's insurance company can appeal the verdict and take the case to a higher court. This draws out the process even more and can cause a delay with your compensation.
What tactics will the insurance company use during a trial?
Insurance companies are notorious for being extremely particular during the jury selection process, but they've also got a reputation for trying to influence jurors with paid experts that will challenge your claim. Here's what you need to know:
Experts are getting paid by the insurance company: The defense counsel may bring in an expert to give statements from the defense table. These experts are not neutral. They are often paid large amounts of money by the insurance company to give statements in favor of the defendant. They do this by saying that the plaintiff's injuries are not as serious as the plaintiff claims or that the injury in question didn't happen as a result of the accident. These experts can act as witnesses. Unlike other parties (including attorneys), witnesses provide evidence that can make or break a personal injury case.
The person at the defense table is likely an attorney hired by the insurance companies: The defendant or at fault party in your crash is only represented by the insurance company, so there's a good chance the person who's responsible for your car accident won't even be in court. Who represents the insurance company? The answer: the best defense attorneys money can buy.
What can my attorney do for me?
If you were involved in a crash, it's important to begin gathering important pieces of evidence as soon as possible. If you're able to, you can start with taking pictures of the crash scene and speaking to as many witnesses as possible. You should then seek prompt medical attention, even if you feel fine immediately after a crash. Lastly, you should consult with an experienced Pittsburgh personal injury attorney at Romanow Law Group.
Our legal team can launch a comprehensive investigation into your crash and determine who's responsible for your damages. We can also obtain critical evidence that can be used at trial, such as phone records, surveillance footage of your crash, and eyewitness testimony.
While the process can take some time, our attorneys will work tirelessly to help you get maximum compensation. We know the games insurance companies play, and we won't let them profit off your pain. To discuss your legal options, contact us online. Our legal consultations are free and confidential.