Being involved in an auto-accident is a very traumatic situation. Each year, about six million U.S. motorists are involved in motor vehicle accidents. What is more traumatic than the accident is the acts or things that the victims do and don’t do after a car or motor-vehicle accident has occurred. So, it becomes important that you not only understand the things you should do but also the things that you should not do in order to protect yourself and to enhance the chances of receiving compensation.
Get medical attention immediately after the accident. Not only is medical attention necessary to detect injuries, it is also important because the medical report serves as a valuable asset for your car-accident claim.
Report your accident, to your insurers, within a short period of time. As reporting it too long after the accident can threaten your chances of getting any compensation that you deserve.
Keep your conversation brief while talking to the insurers and police, NEVER volunteer any information beyond the essentials and without the counsel of your lawyer.
Write down any and all information regarding the witnesses and other drivers involved in the accident, such as their names, addresses, telephone numbers, and anything else that you may notice about them or think is important.
Take photographs of the accident scene for additional evidence.
File a police report as most insurance companies do not consider car accident cases without a police report worthy of a reasonable settlement.
Call an experienced law firm right away because the sooner your case is in the hands of an experienced lawyer, the better your chances of getting accurate compensation.
Just as the things mentioned above are the things you should do after a car accident, there are also things you should not do:
Do not immediately admit to any fault or provide statements to the police without the counsel of your lawyer.
Do not discuss the car accident at length with your insurers as most of the time they use the victims’ words against them in order to deny their claim.
Do not agree to any settlement terms without consulting your attorney.
Being involved or injured in an auto-accident brings along with itself injuries, traumas, and various other intangible issues and worries like who will pay for your damage, loss, and medical expenses, and whether your insurance provider offer you an accurate claim and many more. In other words, auto-accidents pose financial and emotional, as well as physical stress on you. So, if you are involved in a motor-vehicle accident and are considering filing a pursuit against the at-fault driver or want to file an insurance claim for your personal and property damage; it is always advisable and wise to hire the services of a skilled auto accident lawyer because:
Through their years of experience, an auto-accident lawyer, can deal precisely with settlement cases which includes: assessing your injuries, understanding the work process of insurance companies, deciding your accident claim, etc. Your attorney performs all these tasks orderly and skillfully to get you a higher settlement claim.
Auto-accident attorneys are well aware of the insurance companies’ work processes and intentions. They can negotiate with these companies and the attorneys of at-fault drivers as well, to get you fair compensation for your claim and if necessary or required can represent your case in court. A fair settlement without a lawyer is not possible as insurance companies are intent on paying out the least possible for claims.
Most auto-accidents make the victims incapable of performing their daily activities and job responsibilities. So, they have to part with their regular income because of their incapability. Trained lawyers fight for the victim’s rights and guide them through the whole legal process to get them the fairest claim possible.
Only motor-vehicle accident lawyers have a thorough understanding of all the legal processes and necessary documentations so they can gather and present the facts of a case which includes accident details, police reports, statements of the parties involved and other relevant proof as it is required in order to work out a fair settlement for you.
An expert auto-accident lawyer can earn you fair and square compensation for your personal injuries, property damage, hospital and medical expenses, lost wages, and various other expenses.
Most of auto-accident attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that they will only get paid if you receive an insurance settlement.
Most accident injuries do not go to trial because insurance companies know that the cost of going to trial is always higher than settling with you. Moreover, there is every possibility that the jury will vote in your favor and award you a higher settlement which is more likely to occur with the help of an expert lawyer who is the only one that can use this option to bargain for a higher claim on your behalf.
The legal fee of an auto-accident attorney is only a percentage of what is obtained in the recovery of the claim. So, any victim of an auto-accident injury can hire an attorney regardless of their minimal financial condition.
In your initial meeting with an auto-accident attorney you will receive help presenting an accurate and authentic statement to the insurance adjuster. This statement includes detailed information about the accident and how it has affected you. Any loopholes, misstatements, or omitted information in the statement that you give to the insurance adjuster can be used against you in an effort to lower your claim.
Time limitations can lead to the termination of your claim. Lawyers are well aware of these time-limits and the procedures for filing your claim, so they will take the appropriate steps to preserve and shield your rights.
The amount of your claim is largely decided upon on the basis of medical opinions and the opinions of other experts. An auto-accident attorney can obtain the opinion of various other experts, such as occupational therapists, vocational consultants, and economists. The attorney is then able to use the advice of these additional experts in the proof and valuation of claims for your decreased earning capacity and future treatment costs.
Contact the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C., if you have been injured in an auto-accident and offered an unfair settlement by the insurance company. Through their relentless efforts, our compassionate lawyers will help you get what you deserve.
Injured workers may often reflect on whether they should hire an attorney to gain their workers’ compensation benefits if the system itself permits them to collect their lost wages, have their medical expenses paid, as well as allowing them access to vocational retraining if it is required. However, the process involved is not as simple as it seems as the real scene is quite the opposite and complicated as well. Only the services of an outstanding and proficient workers’ compensation attorney can help you get out of this crucial and tricky situation with the best positive outcome for you. Such an attorney can help you in various ways which include:
An attorney can help you ensure that you inform the court about your medical condition(s), needs, and requirements, in addition to helping you secure the medical benefits and treatment to which you are
A knowledgeable and distinguished attorney can not only inform you of the legal procedures involved, they can also guide you through the claim process by helping you with things such as the submission of required documents within the set time limit and providing the judge with the adequate evidence and documentation to support your claim. Remember that if these obligations are not entirely and timely fulfilled your claim(s) can be dismissed.
An attorney can help you obtain the services of an alternative health provider (i.e.: a provider other than the one assigned by your employer).
An attorney can also help accelerate unduly delayed benefits and help you file a complaint regarding unjustified denials.
An attorney can also help you gain additional compensation if you are injured through the use of defective tools or products, or if your injury is the result of a third party (someone outside of your employer).
An attorney can help you challenge adverse decisions made either by your employer, the employer’s insurance company or your States’ Workers’ Compensation Division.
An attorney can also help you file a case against the employer if they fail to provide you with the modified work environment that is recommended by your doctor or if they harass you after your return to
Contact the Law Office of Andrew S. Kasmer P.C., to obtain fair and square compensation for the troubles you face due to your work-related injuries. Our diligent attorneys put all their effort into victoriously getting you out of this difficult situation of your life.