It can be difficult to know what to do after an accident. Personal injury victims are often confused and stressed. It’s important to know what steps you need to take to protect yourself and your rights.
Your health is the most important thing, so make sure to see a doctor right away, even if you don't think you're seriously injured. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and getting medical attention promptly can help ensure that you get the treatment you need and document your injuries for potential legal claims.
If you were in an accident, take pictures of the scene, your injuries, and any damage to your property. Collect the names and contact information of any witnesses. This evidence will be important if you decide to file a personal injury claim.
Keep a detailed record of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. This evidence will help you get the most compensation possible.
You and your attorney will need to gather and preserve evidence as quickly as possible. Witness memories fade quickly, and evidence can disappear.
You need to call 911 and file a police report, even if you think your accident was minor. This will document the incident and help support your claim.
An experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process. They can also help you negotiate with insurance companies and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Be honest and truthful with your attorney. They need to know exactly what happened to determine liability, fault, negligence, and your damages.
After a personal injury accident, insurance adjusters often call victims right away. They want to get a statement that may be used against you to fight their financial liability or claim you are at fault for the accident. Let your personal injury lawyer handle all communication with the insurance companies.
The insurance company may also try to get you to sign documents that you don't understand. They may even make you an initial settlement offer in exchange for a promise that you won’t sue them. Don’t sign anything without talking to your attorney. This initial offer is likely too low to cover your losses (called a lowball settlement offer). Your attorney can properly evaluate how much your claim is worth and help you understand the documents the insurance company wants you to sign.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident, the personal injury attorneys at Creed & Creed are here for you. We understand that the legal process is complex. Let us deal with the stress while you focus on physical and emotional recovery. Call us today at PHONE NUMBER for an initial consultation of your case.