What Should I do Immediately Following an Accident?
Taking the following certain steps after an accident may increase your chances of recovery:
Seek Medical Attention – If medical personnel on the scene believe that you require emergency medical attention, always follow their advice. Your health should be your number one priority and you should not risk greater injury by refusing to be transported to the hospital. If you do not require emergency care, you should always seek an evaluation from your doctor as soon as possible following the accident. A doctor can detect injuries that you may not even realize occurred and medical records can serve as important evidence in a car accident case.
Collect Information – If you are able to remain at the scene of the accident, begin collecting as much information as possible. Take photos of the scene of the accident, including any conditions that are out of the ordinary such as road hazards, marks, or anything else that may seem relevant. Record the names and contact information of all individuals involved in the incident or witnesses who stopped.
Obtain a Written Report – When possible, make sure you report the accident and obtain a copy of the written report.
Write Down Your Recollections – As soon as possible, write down your recollection of every possible detail of the events before, during, and after the accident. Memories fade and your case may take time to resolve, therefore such notes will ensure that you accurately remember the events and do not fail to recall important details at a later date.
Dot Not Provide a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company – The at-fault party’s insurance company may try to contact you soon after your accident to “make sure that you are okay”. You may be think that fault is clear and that speaking to the adjuster is harmless. You may even think that you are obligated to talk to that insurance company. You are not. Do not speak to the at-fault party’s insurance company without first consulting with an attorney.
Contact an Attorney – Following an accident, you should always consult with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. An experienced personal injury attorney will help you negotiate with insurance companies and ensure that you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve for your losses. Any delay in discussing your case with an experienced attorney may result in the loss or destruction of critical evidence and possibly jeopardize your ability to be compensated.
How Much is My Personal Injury Case Worth?
The answer is: every case is different. Your compensation will depend on the negligence of the at-fault driver, the type of injuries that you suffered, the amount of your medical bills, and the individual “story” of your case. The value of a personal injury case is built over time as evidence is collected and injuries are diagnosed. At Laassel Law, we understand the complexities of the legal system and we have a successful record of obtaining the compensation you deserve.
At Laassel Law, we will use our expertise to help you navigate the complex rules and procedures involved in a personal injury case. We will take the time to build a very strong case against the negligent party in order to recover every penny you are rightfully entitled to. We are not afraid to go to court to get you the compensation you deserve!