If you were involved in a car accident and have lifelong injuries from it, you will need to make sure you ask for enough money from the settlement to cover the cost of treating these injuries for the rest of your life. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this.

Wait to file your claim

The first thing to understand involves statutes of limitations, which are rules that tell you how long you have to file a claim for a car accident. This time frame can be anywhere from one year to six years, and the clock starts ticking as soon as the accident occurs. If you can wait to file your claim, you will have a better understanding of how severe your injuries are and how they will affect you for the rest of your life. With this better understanding, you will get a clear idea of how much money this will cost for the rest of your life.

The only downside to waiting to file your lawsuit is that you may start accumulating a lot of medical bills that you cannot pay. If this is the case, you can talk to your auto accident lawyer about how to handle the bills. In many cases, the medical providers will agree to wait to get paid if they know you are planning on filing a lawsuit or are in the middle of the lawsuit.

Get thoroughly checked out by multiple doctors

Going to a doctor you trust is a good idea if you truly want to know how your injuries will affect you in the long run. Many attorneys recommend avoiding doctors that specialize in personal injuries, because these can be red flags to adjusters and others involved in settling these types of lawsuits.

You may also want to visit several doctors, simply so you can get multiple opinions on your injuries. If possible, have the doctors run as many tests as possible so all your injuries are revealed. Once you know exactly where you stand, you can talk to your attorney about the settlement amount. Your attorney may want to see doctor reports and medical bills. The purpose of this is to have the proof you need to ask for a large settlement to cover the damages and costs of all your injuries.

Settling a car accident case takes time, but this is something you should expect. If you would like to learn more about this, contact a lawyer that specializes in auto accident cases, such as those at Gelman Gelman Wiskow & McCarthy LLC.