Following a serious accident, medical bills often exceed $100,000. These enormous expenses are completely debilitating to most Winnebago County families, causing many victims to not get the treatment they need. As a result, their serious injuries get go from bad to worse.
Vehicle replacement is a concern as well. If the family car is destroyed, most families need a replacement vehicle within 24 hours. However, stingy insurance companies often only provide small economy cars or other vehicles, which are not well-suited for most busy families.
Your Rockford personal injury attorney can take quick action which, may resolves these situations.
The Letter of Protection
Attorneys send Letters of Protection to providers, such as doctors and car rental agencies. Letters of Protection guarantee payment once the case is resolved, meaning victims pay nothing upfront for these valuable services.
Most attorneys have professional relationships with vehicle rental agencies and, more importantly, vehicle crash doctors. These professionals know how to identify and treat collision-related injuries, such as whiplash. This serious condition, which can become debilitating if not promptly and properly treated, usually does not show up on X-rays and other diagnostic tools.
In other words, when an attorney handles your vehicle crash claim, you get the treatment you need, and not just the treatment the insurance company agrees to pay for.
Also, Letters of Protection give attorneys negotiating leverage. Many times, a Rockford car crash lawyer can obtain lower fees for medical and other services. Under Illinois law, victims are entitled to compensation for the full value of services provided, meaning if an attorney negotiates a lower fee, the victim gets to keep more of the settlement money.
This additional money helps compensate for other crash-related damages, such as lost wages and pain and suffering.
Making Good on Promises Made
If an attorney cannot obtain fair compensation, the Letter of Protection is just an empty promise. Doctors and other providers only work with experienced vehicle collision attorneys who have successful track records.
Fair compensation usually begins with evidence collection. Since the victim/plaintiff has the burden of proof, an attorney must establish negligence and other claims in court. Medical bills and the police accident report comprise much of this evidence. Other sources include eyewitness testimony and a vehicle’s Event Data Recorder (EDE), which are similar to black box flight data recorders. The electronic evidence they provide is almost bulletproof in court.
In terms of evidence, it’s important to go beyond the minimum. There is usually a relationship between the amount of evidence in the case and the amount of damages the jury awards.
Armed with evidence, most attorneys can settle car crash claims out-of-court. Sometimes this settlement occurs quickly. Other times, settlement takes time. Some factors in this area include the amount of damages and the presence of any insurance company defenses, such as contributory negligence.
Count on Assertive Attorneys
Legal representation is essential for a successful outcome in vehicle collision claims. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Rockford, contact Fisk & Monteleone, Ltd. Home and hospital visits are available.