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Auto Accident FAQ
Timothy Shay

Your Auto Accident Injury Claim Questions Answered

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may have questions about your rights and the legal process. At Shay & Associates Law Firm, we have been handling personal injury claims throughout Decatur, Springfield and Illinois since 1992 and are always here to answer our clients’ questions and concerns.

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about auto accident injury claims in Illinois.

Should I Talk To The Insurance Company After An Accident?

Drivers are required to comply with their own insurance company’s investigation after an accident. However, that does not mean you have to tell your insurer everything, or even that you need to speak to them directly. If you have concerns about talking to an insurer, it is wise to speak with an attorney. Your lawyer can communicate with the other parties on your behalf.

Never give a statement to someone else’s insurance company without talking to an attorney first. Anything you say could be used to diminish your claim and make it harder to collect adequate compensation.

The Insurance Company Made Me An Offer That Sounds Good. Should I Take It?

If you have suffered a serious injury in a car accident, you should talk with an experienced personal injury lawyer before accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company. The offer may sound good now, but your claim could be worth far more than they would like you to think. If you accept a lowball offer, you could find yourself in dire straits as you struggle to pay for future medical bills and other expenses.

What Are Damages?

Damages are the compensation an injured party is entitled to due to a negligent party’s actions. In a car accident claim, damages may include compensation for medical bills, vehicle repair, wage loss, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, loss of enjoyment of a normal life, and other monetary and nonmonetary losses. If you have been injured in an auto accident, it is important to work with a law firm with the experience and resources to fully calculate damages so that you are not missing out on the compensation you need and deserve.

How Will I Pay My Medical Bills?

If you were injured due to the negligence of another driver, that driver’s insurance provider is responsible for your losses, including medical bills. These issues can become very complex, but you should not have to worry about them in your time of need. Our attorneys can help you navigate the complexlities between hospital bills, health insurance and insurance settlements so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.

Speak With An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today

Every case is unique. For answers to your specific questions about car accident claims in Illinois, call our law offices at 217-619-8191 in Decatur or 217-481-9690 in Springfield or by contacting us online. Your legal consultation is free.