One of the first things that may cross your mind when you have been injured in a motor vehicle collision is how you will be compensated for your out-of-pocket expenses and the medical treatment you are receiving because of the crash.
Washington law (section 4.22.005) allows you to collect money, known as damages, for your losses, even monies for pain and suffering. These damages in your car crash case include the costs of things such as medical expenses, medical equipment, property damage to your vehicle, reimbursement for prescriptions, lost wages, and loss of enjoyment of your life.
Each car accident insurance claim is different, and there is never a one-size-fits-all answer for what damages you can expect to receive. It is important after your accident to keep track of all your expenses and medical appointments, as well as your injuries, daily symptoms, and travel mileage, in a notebook or phone app to help you remember and track all the financial aspects of your claim as well as your treatment progress.
Often insurance companies will contact you and try to get you to settle your claim early, offering a low figure in return for the signing of a release. In the early stages of your injuries, you may not be aware of the extent of your injuries, how long they will resolve, and how many medical appointments you will need to treat them. In fact, some injuries can affect you for years to come. Talking to a car accident lawyer to help navigate these waters is critical in not only your physical recovery but your financial entitlement as well.
If you would like to discuss your motor vehicle claim and any damages or compensation you may be entitled to, please call today at (206) 838-2500 to talk with one of our car accident lawyers.