How Your Auto Accident Case is Handled
After a person is injured in an accident, they start trying to figure out where to turn for help. With a totaled vehicle, painful injuries, and medical bills to deal with, a smart move is to get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney. At Craig Swapp & Associates we’ve helped thousands of people involved in accidents caused by the negligence of others.
Here’s a breakdown of what we do and how it helps you after you’ve been injured in an auto accident.
When you call Craig Swapp & Associates at 1-800-404-9000 you’re connected to one of our knowledgeable specialists. They ask you questions about your accident and your injuries, but the most important thing they’ll do is listen to your story. Their primary job is to make sure you’re on the right path to fair compensation. If we can take your case, our specialist sets up a free consultation with one of our expert investigators. Our investigators can meet with you:
- At your home
- At your place of work
- In our office
- Over the phone
- And just about anywhere else
The investigator asks more in-depth questions about your accident, to get an accurate picture of what happened, so that your attorney can best help you. They explain our contract and what you can expect from working with your attorney. They take photos of your damaged vehicle and injuries when possible. They’re also happy to refer you to medical treatment if that’s something you need.
It may seem obvious, but it is essential that you seek appropriate medical treatment following an auto accident. Some people like to try and “tough it out” after an accident, but the reality is that some injuries will be apparent at the scene of the accident like lacerations while other injuries like whiplash may take hours or even days to manifest themselves. The best move is to get medical treatment as soon as possible so a doctor can diagnose what treatment you need.
Others delay or avoid treatment for fear of costly medical bills. The experienced attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates fight for all medical expenses caused by the accident to be completely covered including:
- Ambulance services
- Hospital stays
- X-rays and other scans
- And more
Medical bills are the base of a successful claim for personal injury, in other words, they strengthen your case and generally increase the final settlement amount. Don’t hesitate to receive medical treatment!
When your car is damaged or totaled in an auto accident caused by the negligence of another driver, our experienced attorneys can set you on the right path to get your vehicle repaired, or a fair offer if it’s a total loss.
Communication with your Attorney
At Craig Swapp & Associates we focus on keeping good communication with our clients. Our team is happy to take your calls, respond to your emails, and answer any of your questions. All of our clients are assigned to an attorney and a case manager. The case manager gives you updates on your case, and are usually your first point of communication.
Settling the Case
Once you’ve received all of the medical treatment you need, your attorney will begin to negotiate for a fair settlement with the at-fault parties insurance company. That settlement is built out of the financial and other hardships that were caused by the accident. Those include:
- All medical bills related to the accident
- Lost wages from time missed at work
- A decrease in quality of life
- Pain & suffering
- More, depending on your unique case
This is where an experienced personal injury attorney helps. The at-fault insurance company will fight tooth and nail to minimize or eliminate these claims for compensation. The skilled attorneys of Craig Swapp & Associates understand the tricks of the insurance companies and know how to maximize your compensation. Your attorney will never settle your case without your consent.
Sometimes negotiation isn’t enough to secure a fair settlement. When that happens there are other a couple of other routes your attorney may consider for your case:
- Mediation – A mediator works with you, your attorney, and the attorney of the at-fault insurance in order to reach a resolution.
- Arbitration – A kind of “mini-trial”. An arbitrator listens to arguments from both your attorney and the attorney of the at-fault insurance and then makes a determination on the settlement amount.
- Jury Trial – A jury in a court of law determines the outcome of your case.
An attorney will never take any of the steps past negotiation (mediation, arbitration, or jury trial) without consulting with you and fully explaining the pros and cons of each step.
Compensation for the Deceased
It always saddens us when the negligence of another driver causes someone to lose their life in an auto accident. While nothing can make right the loss of a loved one, an experienced attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates can fight for fair compensation in a wrongful death case. For the immediate family of the deceased the following compensation may be available:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of earning potential
- And more
We don’t get paid unless and until you do. Our payment comes out of the final insurance settlement, so we don’t get paid until you do either. The settlement amount covers all the unpaid medical bills associated with the accident, a portion goes to us as your attorneys for our fee and to cover expenses such as those incurred in gathering medical and police records, and then all that remains goes to you in the form of a check.
One Call That’s All
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, give us a call today at 1-800-404-9000 to set up a free consultation or tell us your story by filling out the online form at the bottom of this page. Help is just a call away.Craig Swapp & Associates Description: I’m so happy I chose Craig and Swapp to work on my case! They we’re really great at communicating and very helpful every step of the way. I am glad LeRoy assisted me in my case. I would definitely recommend them to friends and family! bentley3 Rating: 5 out of 5