When you have been injured in a car accident, you likely have many concerns. You are in pain. You may be out of work and struggling to make ends meet. You have your health and family to worry about. It is no surprise to me that the first question I am asked when meeting a new client is, ”How long will it be before I get my check?”
I wish I could reply, “Oh, we will have this wrapped up at the end of the week, and you will have your check by Monday.” Unfortunately, that just isn’t the case. I wish I could say it, but I can’t. I would be lying if I did. Car accident claims in Kansas take time. It is a slow process, but it is a process that works.
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Knowing the car-accident compensation process, and how it works, often helps my clients find the courage to stay the course. As long as they know the process is working and what to expect, they can keep moving forward. That is why in this blog entry, I will go over exactly how the personal injury claims process works in Kansas.
Focus on getting well
If you are injured, seek help immediately. Do not turn down medical treatment. Establishing that you are injured and require care is important to the car accident claims process.
Contact an attorney
This is where I come in. I will contact your insurance company and the insurance company of the party or parties responsible for your injuries. My firm will go through your medical bills and determine how much we believe you are owed. The insurance companies will have their investigators working on your claim, and so will I.
Contact your insurance provider
As soon as you are able, make a call to your insurance provider (provided you have spoken with your attorney first). You may not be at fault, but you need to let your insurance provider know that you have been in an accident. Rather than give too many details on the phone, tell them you will write down exactly what happened and send them a copy.
Making the demand for compensation
Don’t wait for an insurance company to come in with a low-ball offer. They may not have your best interest at heart. After all, they are in the insurance industry to make money. A demand for compensation will include a detailed account of the car accident, detailed medical records, and any other losses you have suffered due to your injuries.
Settlement or trial?
Once a demand for compensation due to injuries from the car accident has been made, it is likely the insurance company will counteroffer. Of course, they may just agree to your demands and cut you a check, but more often than not, your demand is just the start of a negotiation process. If a settlement cannot be reached, you have the option to take your case to trial, but this can extend the process by many months.
The important thing to remember is that filing a personal injury claim in Kansas is a long process. It is a matter of months not weeks. Just keep in mind that I have not forgotten you. I will send you timely scheduled status update letters. Your case is important, and I am working to get you what you are owed. To learn more about the process and speak with me, please take the time to look over and fill out our free car accident evaluation form.