A car accident attorney can be a victim’s true partner, ensuring they are able to get what they need to move forward toward recovery. However, this is only possible when your attorney has a complete picture. Accident victims should be honest and share any information that may pertain to their claim with their attorney. Offer as many facts and as much context as possible; the attorney can decide what is relevant to your case and act accordingly. So, what does that include?
What an Injury Lawyer Needs to Know About Your Finances
An injury claim is meant to provide compensation for medical care, lost wages, and much more. This compensation can be critical in keeping victims and their families stable during the tumultuous time after the accident. To ensure that victims can obtain what they need, it’s important that your attorney understands your:
- Lost wages from your primary job. When you are forced to miss work due to injuries and miss paychecks because of it, this lost pay would be covered by an injury claim. Share pay stubs that demonstrate your typical pay leading up to the injury.
- Lost wages from a secondary job or part time work. Victims may overlook other sources of income, though these are important. Another job or even sporadic jobs that provided income should be included in your claim.
- Child care expenses. If your childcare situation had to change due to your injuries—perhaps the victim was the main childcare provider or your family required childcare so someone could tend to the victim’s injuries—these expenses would be related to your accident and could be compensated.
- Home or vehicle expenses. In some cases, home and vehicle modifications are necessary after an injury. Victims do not have to bear the burden of these expenses.
Other Information to Help Your Injury Claim
In addition to the monetary information, it’s helpful for your attorney to get a complete picture of your lifestyle and experiences. This way, they can understand more fully how the accident has impacted your life, and they won’t find themselves surprised by information used by the other side. Some of this information could be:
- The emotional impact of your injuries. Like many states, Alaska acknowledges that serious accidents can significantly impact a victim emotionally, as well as physically. While there is not a clear dollar amount attached to this pain, victims are able to recover compensation for the suffering they experience due to another driver’s negligence.
- Pre-existing medical conditions. It’s likely that the insurance company for the other driver will try to reduce their own liability in any way possible. This could include attempting to blame your accident-related injuries on something else, such as a previous condition. If your attorney already knows about these issues, they can be prepared to refute the insurance company claims.
In any case, it’s important to be honest and forthcoming with your attorney. An injury attorney works hard to help accident victims and their families obtain as much compensation as possible, so they can get the care they need and remain secure during this difficult time. At The Law Office of Ben Crittenden, Anchorage-based attorney Ben Crittenden has helped many accident victims. He wants to know your story and help you move forward. To learn more about how Ben may be able to help, call his office or take a moment to fill out the contact form on this page. To stay up to date on a variety of injury topics, subscribe to his free newsletter.