You are on your way home after a long day at the office. You hit rush hour and, after about an hour of stop-and-go gridlock, you finally make it off the highway and onto the local roads that lead you home to a warm dinner and some much-needed rest and relaxation; and then someone slams right into your backend. Maybe they were texting and driving, falling asleep at the wheel or tailgating you, but regardless, you now have to deal with unexpected losses and possible injuries.
What to do:
- If possible, photograph the scene of the accident to establish positions of vehicles and property damage.
- If it is a slip and fall case, photograph exactly what caused you to fall.
What not to do:
- Never give a recorded statement/interview to an insurance company or anyone following an accident before consulting with an attorney.
Should I Call a Lawyer?
- Injuries are the biggest factor when seeking litigation. Though you may feel fine hours, even days, after an accident, you may have lingering injuries that only become apparent over time. Therefore, seek the guidance of a medical professional as soon as possible. You deserve to be covered for your injuries and losses.
- Time is of the essence. The sooner you call a lawyer, the better chance you have at winning your case. Always get a doctor’s report and document all elements of your accident to use in your case.
Though you may not think your accident was serious enough to call a lawyer, at least consider consulting with one once you have had time to truly evaluate your injuries and losses, including car repairs, doctor bills, and time away from work. You deserve to be paid for your losses. Never settle for less because you are too intimidated to call an expert in to help.