What to Do if You've Been Injured in a Personal Injury Accident
In many accidents, involving a personal injury, the at-fault person r person that caused of the accident or the negligent party will take steps to attempt to limit the victims’ rights or at-least the victim’s claim for personal injury. It is important to understand that the sooner you pick up the phone and call a Personal Injury Lawyer, the better the outcome you will have on such a matter. Time is not your friend after an accident.
It is also important to understand that Insurance company adjusters, that are hired by the Insurance Companies to process and oversee a Personal Injury Accident are not tasked to help you the victim but they are tasked with the goal of reducing the size of the claim, to lessen the amount that should be paid and lessen the amount of medical care or attention that should occur.
Insurance adjusters work quickly and efficiently to reduce their risk. If you wait too long to start protecting yourself, you may allow other party or their insurance company to gather evidence you need. In some cases that evidence is lost, filed, misplaced or even destroyed, in hopes of making the victim’s rights more difficult to prevail.
In hundreds of cases the Insurance Adjusters search out or seek out witnesses and attempt to obtain physical evidence before you can even think about what you need to do.
This is one reason you want to have a Team working, on your side, protection you and your claim. If you need a Personal Injury Lawyer, after an accident call Carabin Shaw at 1.800.862.1260.
It is important to gather as much information as you can and to preserve evidence and safe guard your case.
All too often individuals call us weeks, months or even years after an accident. It is common for us to be called by someone who has had a serious injury but didn't want to contact a lawyer, early on. Many people put off contacting a lawyer in the hope of feeling better or because they believe the insurance adjuster or other side will treat them fairly.
Regrettably, too often we find that an injured party’s claim is barred because they simply waited too long or evidence they needed vanished or they have created unforeseen issues that have now damaged the value of the claim. Sometimes we can fix these problems, sometimes we can’t. The safer path is to call Carabin Shaw, as soon as possible after an accident.
It is an unfortunate fact, that, while injured parties and their families are recovering or grieving after an accident, the other side or the insurance company or the insurance adjuster or insurance investigators are working to protect their interests and limit their liability and limit the claim.
Below, are a few tips to help you if you've been injured:
- Identify witnesses. Get their names, addressed and phone numbers. After the passing of time, witnesses often disappear or are unwilling to get involved or give accurate statements of what they saw or heard.
- Do not talk to the other side’s adjuster or their attorney until you have spoken with your attorney. Remember, if you enter into an agreement with them or sign a release or other document before getting the advice of a lawyer, you may unknowingly limit or prevent your right to a fair recovery. Do not make an agreement or sign a document until you have discussed the matter with your attorney of your choice.
- Call Carabin Shaw or any other attorney you know and who has financial resources and decades of experience necessary to handle your claim. Call us at 1.800.862.1260.