Personal injury Lawyer Matt Arnold answers the question: “If I am injured in a car accident or at work what should I do?”
Car accidents never happen at a convenient time. Accidents can result in serious injuries that have consequences far beyond physically pain. In an ideal world, insurance companies would be happy to pay for the damages you are suffering as a result of the accident. Theoretically, you are paying a monthly premium for coverage for accidents or emergencies. In the real world, insurance companies are generally not eager to hand out settlements or large payments. Private insurance companies are much like other businesses; their aim is to increase profits. In order to increase profits, payments for damages must be minimized. A car accident attorney can help you determine what the best course of action is to recover damages. It is important to note that there is no guarantee that compensation for damages can be achieved, but an attorney can give you the best chance for success.
To be successful with insurance companies, or in a personal injury suit should you choose to go that route, is to have evidence of the accident, injury, and damages. Having a strong case gives you the best chance of success. Irrefutable evidence can be the difference between recovering compensation for your injuries and not. The best type of evidence in car accident is documentation.
Taking pictures at the scene of the accident is crucial. After you leave the scene of the accident, that is it, there is no more “scene of the crime.” Therefore, when you are at the scene, take as many photographs as possible. Take them from different angles that show the damages, conditions, and overall accident scene. Pictures can become your best friend when trying to prove damages.
Drivers are required to report accidents as soon as possible. Usually, this means calling for help at the scene of the accident. When the police arrive at the scene of the accident, they will conduct their own investigation and make a report of the accident. Get a copy of this report and keep it for your records. It is an official report that the accident you are claiming damages happened.
If there were witnesses to the accident, try to get their contact information. Witnesses can become important if there are disputes about a part, or all, of the accident. A witness can provide their account of what happened.
After an accident, even if you do not require immediate assistance, you should seek medical attention as soon as feasible. Injuries can take time to manifest and for you to feel the true extent of them. The records from medical visits are important in your case because they are often the majority of the damages you are seeking. Keep all invoices and paperwork from your doctor.
If you have been in a car accident, the car accident attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you. We know if can be difficult to recover from injuries, but want to help in any way possible. Contact us today for a consultation.
Even taking precautions and being the safest driver, there is no guarantee that you will not be involved in a car accident. If you are injured in a car accident, this could have devastating results on your life. Medical bills, lost wages, and other issues can create financial problems that you did not anticipate. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help if you are injured in a car accident. We will help you recover any damages to which you might be entitled. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe. Contact us, for a free consultation, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.
The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.
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