What’s really involved in a personal injury claim?

“I’m not the kind of person who sues people.”

“I just want to get my car repaired and move on.”

“The other driver seemed really upset. I don’t want to cause any more problems.”

As a personal injury attorney, I’ve heard all of those comments and more. Filing a personal injury claim is not about hurting anyone else, it IS about making sure all of your needs are met and that you are made whole after the accident. Remember that it is in the insurance company’s best interest to settle with you quickly and with little investigation. Hiring an attorney can get an injured person three and a half times more compensation than not hiring one.

Here is what it REALLY looks like to file a personal injury claim:

1. Once there is a car accident or a slip and fall, document everything. Take photos of the scene and of yourself, if necessary.
2. Get a copy of the police report or incident report.
3. Seek medical attention. Even if your physical harm is minimal, it is important to have documentation to support that.
4. Call our office. Let’s set up a time to talk about what happened and take a look at the documentation that has already been gathered.
5. Notify the insurance company that there has been an accident. (For a slip and fall, your care will likely fall under your medical insurance or the insurance provider of the property where the incident took place.)

We will wrap up this topic in next week’s post.
In the meantime, give us a call if you have any questions.

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