WHAT SHOULD I KNOW IF I HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT?
It is critical to your claim that you notify your accident benefits insurer right away and you are required to do so within seven days. As a policy holder, it is your duty to inform the insurer and failure to do so could negatively impact your benefits and the outcome of your settlement. Our advice is to speak to a personal injury lawyer before speaking with your insurance company so they can give you proper legal advice. The insurer will also request that you research what access to benefits and insurance coverage you have through different outlets such as work, school or private plans.
YOUR EXPENSES MAY BE RECOVERABLE
It is important that you keep receipts, dates and records of all your related expenses for both you and your family members. The insurance company will want you to provide an explanation as to what exactly the receipt was for and how it is related to the accident. For instance, if you keep your taxi fares the insurance company will require you to provide a diary as to where you traveled and what for exactly.
YOUR FAMILY DOCTOR IS INSTRUMENTAL TO YOUR CASE
Your family doctor provides a great timeline of your injuries and his or her records hold a significant amount of value and weight in the litigation process. It is important to begin to document your injuries from the beginning and visiting your family doctor is a good start. Our office generally tells our clients to see their family doctor at least once a month depending on the injuries they have sustained and where they are at in the healing process.
BE CAREFUL WHEN SPEAKING TO THE INSURER
It is important that you be careful when discussing your claim with your insurer’s representative since they record just about everything you say. Most lawyers, and our office as well, recommend that you do not go into great detail when speaking with the insurance representative, and in fact all contact funnels through our office. If our lawyers feel like a statement to the insurance company may help your case, than we facilitate these meetings at our office where we are present.
GET A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Accessing the benefits that you are entitled to and advancing your claim against the defendant driver is done best with a personal injury lawyer on the case. Our lawyers will meet with you free of charge and without obligation for the initial consultation. If you or a loved one have suffered injuries from a motor vehicle accident or some other harm, contact our office now. You don’t pay anything during the course of the personal injury lawsuit until your case is won or a settlement is reached.
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