Helping a Loved One Injured in a Car Accident
If your family member or friend has been injured in a car accident, you probably have the desire to be as helpful as possible. But what can you do beyond bringing over a hot meal or running errands? One way you can assist your loved one is by helping them protect his or her interests and encourage them to seek the compensation they deserve. Here are some suggestions for how you can provide meaningful and compassionate support after a car accident.What You can do for a Family Member or Friend after an Accident
The days and weeks after a car accident can be overwhelming. Watching a family member or friend try to cope with pain, financial worries, missed work, and more can be difficult. You want what is best for your loved one. Since you are not dealing with the immediate aftermath of the accident personally, you are in a position to be able to help in many ways. One of the most important ways you can help your loved one is to assist them in making informed decisions to protect their interests following the accident. Speaking to a lawyer after the accident can help sort out the myriad of problems that your loved one is sorting through.Talk to Your Loved One About Hiring a Lawyer
Often times, because accident victims are dealing with so much, it may not occur to them to contact a lawyer. However, the advice and support of an attorney may be just what your loved one needs to resolve the issues that follow a car accident and start on a positive road to recovery. If you feel your family member or friend would benefit from legal representation, take time to talk to them about hiring an attorney, and discuss and/or assist them with the following matters:
- Let your loved one know there are time limits for bringing a personal injury claim, and help the avoid missing any relevant deadlines.
- Help him or her organize important information, such as medical bills for both present and future treatment and other healthcare costs, lost wages, accident reports, and records of property damage repairs.
- Make sure your loved one does not prematurely sign any paperwork, accept a settlement offer too early, or make a statement to an insurance company.
- Give him or her access to car accident and personal injury resources—either online or hard copies, depending on preference and understanding.
Ultimately, it is the accident victim’s decision whether they hire a personal injury attorney, and you do not want to add unnecessary pressure to an already difficult situation. However, simply being available and discussing options with your loved one can make all the difference in the world.Call the Legal Team at KWFDM After a Car Accident
If a family member or friend has been injured in a car accident, the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC is here to help. We provide a no-obligation consultation to review options and never pressure prospective clients to hire our law firm. Please call us today at (404) 461-0101 to discuss your road to a full medical and financial recovery.