When you have been injured in a car accident, it becomes more difficult to perform even basic everyday tasks. It can be daunting to figure out what steps need to be taken and who to trust. The adrenaline that follows an injury can make it difficult to think clearly and answer questions. The insurance companies immediately begin asking for a statement and often have the injured party make a statement on a recording before the injured party has had a chance to think about the accident and what occurred. Insurance agents will tell an injured person that they are required to give a recorded statement or are required to give a statement. This is not true. An insurance company cannot require you to give a recorded statement in order for you to receive compensation.
Immediately after any car accident, all of the occupants of the vehicle need to be checked out for injuries. Even if you do not feel like you have been injured. The adrenaline and shock can keep a person from feeling an injury and you may cause more damage to your body.
The police need to be called and a report should be written. The parties need to exchange insurance information, phone numbers and addresses. You should also take pictures. Use your cell phone if you do not have a camera. Take pictures of the cars-both cars. Take pictures of witnesses cars. Take pictures of the street, cross streets, intersections and the general area. It is important to preserve as much evidence as possible. You cannot trust that the Police will maintain the evidence or pictures. And should never trust the insurance company to protect your interests-Insurance companies are not your friend.
If you have been injured in an accident you need to get an attorney. Calling an attorney immediately after an accident will only benefit you. Our attorney will safeguard your rights, will be with you when you make a statement to an insurance company. Our attorneys will make sure that you get the medical treatment you need. Including monitoring the treatment to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of and that you do get the treatment that is medically necessary. Our attorneys accept injury cases on contingency basis; meaning that you do not pay attorney fees until the case settles or you win a judgment.
What to do after an accident
1. Check to see if anyone is injured.
2. Call the police and report the accident
3. Exchange insurance and contact information w/ other driver
4. Take pictures of both cars, surrounding area, and street signs
5. Talk to witnesses-write down their contact information
6. Call WhiteStone Law Group and ask to speak with an injury attorney
7. Seek medical treatment
8. Call your insurance company and report the accident (call may be made with your attorney or by the attorney)
9. Your attorney will assist you in calling the at fault driver’s insurance company
10. Arrange for repairs
11. Arrange for rental car
12. Begin to heal
Process of a Injury Claim
1. Report the accident
2. Seek medical treatment. Once treatment is complete:
3. File claim/lawsuit if necessary
4. If settlement does not occur trial preparation begins
5. Discovery-depositions, examinations by experts
6. Mediation or alternative dispute resolution
8. Settlement or Judgment
Why is having an attorney important?
An attorney will safeguard your rights. You should be focusing on getting better and do not need to be keeping track of deadlines and making sure that medical records and other evidence is being collected properly. An attorney will work with your doctor to ensure that your treatment is progressing.
An attorney will make sure that your car is repaired and that you are not subjected to more hassle than is absolutely necessary.
If you or your child has been bitten by a dog it is extremely important that you call animal control and get yourself to the emergency room. Animal control is essential. Animal control officers will be able to ascertain if the animal in question has been vaccinated or if you are going to need to go through the painful process of being vaccinated for rabies.
Most states have what is called “one free bite” laws. What this means is that an animal will not be put down for biting someone if it is their first bite. Animals that have bitten multiple times will be required to be registered as dangerous animals; which requires additional safeguards, such as secure fenced dog runs. Other animals may be quarantined and some may be put down.
Many states have strict liability laws in regards to bites. If a hotel allows a person on the property with a dog and that dog bites you or your child or family member, the hotel as well as the owner are liable for damages.
You will face not only medical treatment but may find that you are now fearful of dogs. Not only strange animals, but animals that you are acquainted with.
An attorney will be able to assist you in filing a claim and ensuring that you are able to obtain medical treatment. Injured persons who are represented by an attorney tend to collect a higher settlement amount. Allow our attorneys to assist you with your dog bite case and ease your concerns.
Other Personal Injuries
Mass Transit Accidents
Injuries that occur due to the conditions of a property
Slip and Fall Injuries
Trip and Fall Injuries