A car accident often leaves you shaken and disoriented. You may not realize right away that that you’ve been injured. You should always get yourself checked out in an emergency room or doctor’s office, regardless of how you feel. Some injuries don’t become obvious for a few days, and you may have to go back later for additional medical treatment. A common injury in a car accident is whiplash, which usually gets worse after a few days. Even a serious injury like a herniated disc may not be apparent at first.
After you’ve gotten medical attention, you should call the car accident lawyers at the Alvarez Law Office in Crown Point as soon as possible. Don’t talk to with any insurance adjuster who contacts you. Don’t discuss your injuries or how the accident happened with anyone until after you’ve consulted your lawyer.
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Do I Really Need a Lawyer?
There is nothing legally preventing you from negotiating with the insurance company yourself, but research has shown that self-negotiated settlements are usually much lower than settlements or jury verdicts obtained with a car accident lawyer. Insurance companies want to settle for the lowest amount possible, and their adjusters are trained to move in quickly and make low settlement offers. An auto accident lawyer will collect and analyze accident reports, interview witnesses, and may hire traffic safety experts to reconstruct the accident scene to demonstrate that you weren’t at fault. Your lawyer will also gather the medical records to document your injuries. The law restricts the amount of time you have to file a lawsuit; having an attorney will keep you from missing statutory deadlines.
What Should I Bring to the Initial Consultation?
If you’re in a car crash, try to collect as much information as you can at the scene: the names of the drivers and owners; the license plate numbers and insurance information for all vehicles involved in the accident; the names and contact information of witnesses to the accident. If possible, take detailed photos of all vehicles, especially the part of the vehicle where the impact occurred. You should also get photos of any traffic signals and signs, the street, surrounding buildings, landscaping, and any other relevant features.
You will also need to document damages. Make certain that you don’t leave anything out when describing your injuries to a doctor. If you don’t mention your symptoms to the doctor, there will be no record of them.
Along with medical records, you’ll need to have pay records from your job to document any lost wages, and records of expenses for help with everyday tasks, such as housework, lawn work, shopping, or driving, if you are unable to do these things yourself. Keeping an injury diary is often helpful.
With the right lawyer, an individual can stand up to large insurance companies and win. Alvarez Law will help you in your claim for financial compensation for medical expenses, lost earnings and potential future earnings, household assistance, transportation to medical appointments, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, emotional anguish, and other accident- related damages. Car accident injuries can be painful and life changing. When you’ve been injured because of something another person did, you deserve full compensation. With the knowledgeable, experienced, professional, and committed car accident lawyers at the Alvarez Law Office, you are well on your way to financial recovery.
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