Being involved in an accident is a stressful experience. While it is often difficult to think clearly immediately after being injured, there are some things that must be done to ensure a favorable outcome.
The following is an overview of what not to do after being hurt in an accident.
Fail To Call 911
If you are involved in an accident, it is important to call 911. Not only do you need medical attention if you are injured, but you need to make a police report, as well. Most insurance companies require this report before paying any claims. A detailed report of how the accident occurred is also helpful in establishing who is at fault.
Never leave the scene of an accident, especially if you sustained injuries. Once the police arrive and get the proper information, you will be allowed to leave. If you are seriously injured, you will need to be transported by ambulance to the nearest hospital for treatment.
Never Admit You Were Responsible
It can be overwhelming and frightening to be involved in an accident. However, it is of utmost importance to never admit the accident was your fault. Even simple comment may be perceived as an admission of guilt. This is problem you do not need if the case is not settled and goes to court in the next few months.
Don’t Get Upset
While you may feel like screaming and shouting after being injured in an accident, it is important to avoid doing so. You don’t want to be perceived as combative and help build a case against you by making threatening statements.Remember that everything you say will be brought up in court if you do not settle the case beforehand.
Never Talk To The Insurance Company Without Representation
After an accident, it is the job of the other party’s insurance company to minimize the damage. In most cases, the insurance company will make you an offer for far less than you may be entitled to. They may ask you to record a statement and use it later on in court to keep you from recovering the money you deserve for your injuries, medical bills and lost wages.
Don’t Take The First Offer
The insurance company for the other party involved in the accident will most likely offer you a certain amount to settle your case outside of court. The adjusters who make these offers are hired to save the insurance company as much money as possible. Therefore, the first offer they make you to settle your case will most likely be very low. While it may seem like a lot of money, there are many things to consider before accepting an offer such as future lost wages and if you will be able to return to work.
Do Not Proceed Without Speaking With An Attorney
A personal injury lawyer is experienced in helping those injured in accidents. A consultation with an attorney is essential to helping you learn your rights after an accident. They can help you know how much money you may be entitled to for pain, suffering and medical bills. In addition, they can deal with the insurance company for the other party for you. This will relieve a great deal of stress. Knowing you have a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer working hard to protect your rights will allow you to focus on your recovery. Most personal injury attorneys will provide you with an initial consultation at no charge to discuss your case. They can also guide you through the legal maze that often comes with settling accident cases.
The Lamber Goodnow team, together with our partner firms in Chicago are experienced in personal injury matters. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers never charge a fee, unless we win your case. Get a risk free consultation today.