Being injured in an accident which wasn’t your fault is a dreadful experience, but the financial strain which often comes hand-in-hand can really add to your stress.
There are so many expenses that may be incurred after your accident. There can be medication expenses, doctors, hospital and specialist expenses, travel expenses. The list goes on and on.
It is vitally important that you inform your lawyer about all of your expenses. These are called ‘out-of-pocket’ expenses.
It is imperative that you retain all receipts related to your accident. The receipts must be sent to your lawyer as soon as you get them, and in turn, your lawyer will send them to the insurance company for reimbursement to you. If the insurer doesn’t provide reimbursement within a reasonable time, your lawyer will keep chasing it on your behalf.
Travelling to and from appointments can be costly as well. It is always good to keep a travel log of the kilometres travelled. It is the duty of the insurance company to reimburse you for these expenses.
If invoices for large amounts are billed to you and you are unable to afford to pay them, these too can be sent to your lawyer. They will send these invoices to the insurer and request that the insurance company attend to payment.
It may not sound like this is so important, but over time, your expenses can build up to a large amount and this can have an awful impact on your lifestyle.
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in an accident, you may be entitled to compensation. For more information, and to arrange a free, no-obligation assessment of your claim, please call Stacks Goudkamp on 1800 25 1800, or alternatively make an online enquiry.
Written by Debbie Griggs.
Debbie Griggs is an administrative assistant in Tom Goudkamp‘s Practice Group. Debbie provides Tom and Ruth with administrative assistance in a variety of matters, including motor vehicle claims and public liability claims.