If your life was derailed by a drunk, drowsy, or distracted driver, you’re probably worried about your financial security. From out-of-pocket medical expenses to missed paychecks, the damages that stem from a car accident can add up fast.
Thankfully, you may be able to take action against the at-fault motorist. By filing a third-party claim (assuming you meet New York’s serious injury threshold), you can seek compensation for virtually all the associated losses.
Of course, it’s important to remember that just because you have grounds for a claim doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a payout. Since legal proceedings are inherently unpredictable, there’s no foolproof way to secure compensation. There are, however, steps you can take to increase your chances of success.
Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways to bolster your car accident claim:
1. Prioritize Your Recovery
Personal injury claimants are expected to take reasonable measures to mitigate damages. For those who were hurt in a wreck, that means seeking prompt medical care, which they ideally do later that same day.
It’s also imperative to follow all medical advice over the course of your recovery. If you’re instructed to take it easy, for example, you should not return to a physically demanding job until your doctor has given you approval to do so.
2. Keep a Journal
Detailed entries about the everyday challenges you face because of your injuries will help contextualize your medical records. Depending on their content, they may also help demonstrate the extent of your non-monetary losses like diminished quality of life, mental anguish, and emotional distress.
3. Lay Low on Social Media
Insurance adjusters are always looking for cause to challenge a claimant’s credibility, and they know social media can be a veritable treasure trove of evidence. Since you cannot stop them from misrepresenting what you post and then using it against you, it’s best to refrain from using social media altogether—or at least to scale back your activity considerably—until your case has been settled or tried.
4. Preserve All Documentation of Damages
You’re going to have to prove that you actually incurred the damages you end up seeking, so make sure to save all corresponding documentation. Examples include hospital bills, quotes for any necessary property repairs, receipts for objectively verifiable expenses, and invoices for reasonably necessary replacement services. If you send the associated paperwork to your legal team as soon as it crosses your desk, they’ll preserve it for you while keeping a running total of the damages.
Discuss Your Claim with a Car Accident Attorney in New York
Were you seriously hurt in a car accident through no fault of your own? To see if you might have grounds for a third-party claim, turn to Leitner Varughese. Our compassionate team has more than 35 years of collective experience in the legal field. Let us put it to work for you.
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