Personal Injury Lawyers
Accidents happen every day. Unfortunately, many of these accidents leave victims with serious injuries that leave them with a stack of medical bills, lost wages from being unable to work while they recover, and a list of many other losses. These injuries can occur in vehicle accidents, slip and falls, defective products, and a host of other incidents. Regardless of how an accident occurred, if it was caused by the negligence of another party, the victim may be entitled to financial compensation for the losses they have suffered.
A personal injury lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury claim or lawsuit where the at-fault party will be held responsible and ordered to pay the victim for both economic and non-economic losses. In most cases, the at-fault party will be represented by their insurance company. There are certain things that a victim should avoid doing when they are involved in pursuing this type of legal action because their case could be jeopardized.
Not Seeking Out Medical Attention After the Accident
When a person is involved in an accident, they should always have a medical professional check them out to determine if they have been injured, even if they believe their injuries are minor or they think they have not been injured at all. If you wait too long to see a doctor, the insurance company could accuse you of not really being injured or try to claim you were actually injured after the accident, not in the accident.
Not Reporting the Accident
If you are in a car accident, you are required to call police at the scene to report the accident. This also gives you written documentation that your lawyer can use in your case. It is also important to file an accident report if your injuries occur somewhere else. For example, if you are in a retail store and slip on a wet floor, you want to immediately report the incident to management. This is also critical documentation for your case. If you do not report the accident to the proper management or authorities, you will have no way to prove it actually occurred.
Speaking with the Insurance Company
Despite what they may tell you or act, the insurance company is not your friend. They are not worried about your health, your injuries, or your losses. They are only interested in their profits. The insurance adjuster may sound as if they are very concerned for your well-being, but this is actually a tactic they use to gain your trust and try to manipulate conversations to get you to say things that can be used against you. Never speak with the insurance company. Instead, refer all communication to your lawyer.
If you have been injured in an accident, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss what type of legal options you have to get the financial compensation you may be entitled to. Most lawyers do offer free consultations.
Thanks to our friends at Wandres Law, P.C. for their insight into personal injury lawsuits.