Not many people are practiced at dealing with car accidents and the devastating personal and financial losses they bring. Unless you are in the business of insurance or civil law, the way the ramifications of an accident affect you can be surprising. Unfortunately, being surprised by the legal aspects of an accident only increases the general misery and confusion surrounding things like how to be paid for your losses. Read on to find out more about some mistaken mindsets that some accident victims can suffer from.
Even when it is obvious that the other driver was at fault, some accident victims blame themselves. Not only is this attitude unhealthy for victims, but it may even negatively impact their compensation. It was, after all, an accident, and the other driver certainly did not set out that day to cause someone harm. That is irrelevant, however. The other driver did cause harm to you. There is no need to personalize the accident by dwelling on what might have been or how the accident is affecting the other driver. It's a matter of civil law — if the other driver caused the wreck, you are entitled to be paid compensation.
It's only natural to play down the way the accident is affecting you. Particularly when you consider the effect such an event can have on your loved ones, it may seem wise to minimize your injury and the psychological effect of the wreck. Unfortunately, doing so will only make the healing process more drawn-out and difficult. You are entitled to be paid for the psychological effects of an accident just like you are for physical injuries. You have been through a traumatic event and no matter how well you cover it up you must deal with it sooner or later. To be paid for both your medical costs and your mental health therapy, you will need to take legal action.
When the bills begin to pile up, it might be difficult to wait. Unfortunately, the other driver's insurer understands this all too well. They will offer you a check soon after the extent of your damages comes to light and you can be almost certain that it won't be enough. Instead of dealing with the insurer, speak to a personal injury lawyer. They know what you deserve and will negotiate with the insurer to try to get a fair settlement on your behalf.