Rolling vehicles, broken glass, and painful injuries. Being in a serious car accident is scary enough without worrying about what happens next. What should you do now? Should you contact your insurance company? Will they offer enough to cover all of the expenses?
If you have suffered injuries and need medical treatment, the situation can become even more complicated. Hospital bills and treatment costs will begin to pile up. But how do you make sure you don’t get stuck with them? If these concerns are weighing on you following an auto accident, contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Consulting with a personal injury lawyer who is skilled in Prince George’s County law will greatly improve your case. It can mean the difference between getting stuck with a pile of bills or moving on with your life.
I’ve Just Been in an Accident, What Do I Do?
Immediately following a car accident, you should:
- Seek appropriate medical treatment
- Exchange any necessary insurance information
- Obtain details from potential witnesses
- Contact the police
- Take photos of the incident
- Write down details of the crash that you can remember
Do I Need to go to the Hospital?
If you suspect that you have sustained any injuries, then you should seek medical attention. Some injuries are not immediately evident – such as whiplash or concussions. Having a medical record that documents your injuries is important for your case.
Should I Contact Insurance Companies?
It is in your best interest to contact a personal injury lawyer before speaking to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Consulting with a car accident attorney is a must. Doing so will give you the knowledge needed to navigate insurance companies while protecting your rights. If you decide to speak to the at-fault driver’s insurance company without first consulting with a lawyer, be aware that the job of the insurance company may be to maximize profits. They are not required to put your best interests first.
Information you mention during your conversations may be used as a reason to deny your claim. Because of this, be wary that some insurance companies record their interactions with clients. When speaking to them, be brief, concise, and careful. Do not, at any time, accept responsibility for the vehicular incident; because admitting responsibility is commonly used to put insurance claims in jeopardy. Note that any documents they ask you to sign may include waiving your right to compensation, so it is important to have a lawyer look at any paperwork.
My Claim Has Been Denied, Now What?
Even if your claim is denied, you are still able to appeal the insurance company’s decision. If you feel, at any time, that your claim is going to be denied, or the settlement is inadequate, contact a personal injury lawyer. Whether your case needs mediation, arbitration, or litigation, an attorney who is familiar with auto accidents in Prince George’s County can help.
Should I Accept My Settlement Offer?
When you add up all of your car repairs, medical bills, time away from work and other bills, does the settlement cover it? If the answer is no, you should not accept the offer. By consulting with a skilled attorney, we can work with you to review all available options to determine the exact value of your claim. If you accept a settlement offer too quickly, it is unlikely that you will be able to seek additional compensation.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer for the Best Results
Have you been in a car accident? Are you missing work or watching as your medical bills keep piling up? Get the compensation you deserve by contacting the skilled attorneys at Alpert Schreyer, LLC. We have been fighting for the rights of car accident victims for decades, and have the experience needed to help with your auto accident case.
Call us today at (844) 632-7274 or using our online contact form to schedule your consultation today.