WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM INJURED AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
For over 30 years, Mark G. Cunningham has handled car accident cases. This guide will address the important considerations after suffering an injury in a car accident.
HIRE A GOOD TRIAL LAWYERThere are many fine injury lawyers out there who can help you. As you interview lawyers, you should ask them about their trial experience. As a former insurance company lawyer, the objective of the insurance company is to minimize the value of your case. The company will hire an experienced trial lawyer to achieve that end, which is why it is important that you have a competent trial lawyer on your side. The company needs to understand that if a fair settlement offer is not made, your attorney is prepared to go to court. Many lawyers advertise their services, but very few will go to trial. Instead, they will refer your case out to someone else as the case gets closer to trial. One of the first things an insurance company does is check the trial experience of your lawyer. "Low-Ball" settlement offers are often made to lawyers who do not try cases.
SEEK IMMEDIATE TREATMENT WHEN YOU ARE INJUREDAs a former insurance lawyer, I know that insurance companies look for reasons to minimize your case. One of the primary ways an insurance company attacks a case is by arguing there was a delay in treatment. Then, the company can argue you couldn't have been hurt if you waited on your treatment. Thus, it is important to immediately see a doctor for evaluation if you suffer injury in an accident. I have learned that even a minor accident can turn out to be significant over time.
DON'T TALK TO THE OTHER SIDE'S INSURANCE COMPANY ABOUT YOUR INJURIESYou should not discuss the accident with the other driver, or his or her insurance company. The insurance company will look to use the information against you. If you seek to have your car repaired by the other side's insurance company, do not answer questions about your injuries. Simply stick with the issues involving your property damage.
CONCLUSIONIf you are injured in a car accident, contact MCIS Lawyers for a free consultation.