Instructions for Injury Clients
Ensure that You are Rightfully Compensated
If you have been injured in an accident, there are several important tips that you must keep in mind—as taking the wrong steps after an accident could jeopardize your ability to pursue legal action in the future. Whether you were involved in a serious motor vehicle accident or you were injured by hazardous conditions on someone else's property, The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. would like to ensure that you are rightfully compensated for the harm that you have suffered. For this reason, we encourage you to review the general list of instructions that we have compiled below. If you have any additional questions about the specific nature of your case, however, do not hesitate to call a
West Palm Beach injury lawyer at our firm today for a free evaluation of your case.
Things to Avoid after an Accident
Being involved in an accident of any kind can be an overwhelming experience, especially if you have been seriously injured. Even so, it is critical to the future of your case to stay calm and keep the following in mind when managing the immediate aftermath of the incident:
1. Avoid making a statement about the accident to anyone other than your lawyer
- Although not intentionally, you may say something about the cause of the accident that could be interpreted to mean that you have admitted fault. For this reason, it is best to avoid speaking to an insurance adjuster, or the other party, about the accident.
2. Avoid making any incorrect or unclear statements to your doctor
- When seeking medical attention after an accident, your doctor will likely ask you questions about your medical history. If you are unsure of anything, make sure that you say so—as providing incorrect information may work against you in the future.
3. Avoid getting into an altercation or argument with the other party
- Although things may get heated after an accident, it is important to remain calm. Being goaded into an argument with the other party may only lead you to say things that you don't mean and/or to make a statement that could be skewed later on.
Things You Should Do after an Accident
While it is important to avoid certain pitfalls after being injured in an accident, it is just as important to take action quickly in the interest of protecting your rights and your ability to recover compensation. For this reason, it is highly recommended that you do the following immediately after an accident:
1. Document the scene of the accident by taking pictures
- Before anything is cleared away or removed from the scene of the accident, make sure to document the damage with a camera or cell phone—which includes taking pictures of your vehicle before it is repaired. This may be crucial evidence later on.
2. Seek medical attention & obtain a copy of your medical evaluation
- Regardless of how minor or severe you believe your injuries to be, it is critical that you seek medical attention. In doing so, you will then be able to obtain a comprehensive list of the injuries that you have suffered in the accident.
3. Gather contact information from the other party & any witnesses
- Although law enforcement will usually take care of this when the accident is reported, it may be a good idea to gather this information for your personal records. This means gathering the contact information of any witnesses that were present, as well.
4. Keep itemized receipts of any expenses that were incurred after the accident
- If you are able to successfully file a claim or a lawsuit later on, it is important to know exactly what type of expenses were incurred in the wake of the accident. This includes the cost of things like hospital bills, medications and vehicle repairs.
5. Tell your lawyer about any changes in your employment
- If the accident has temporarily or permanently altered your ability to work, it is important for your attorney to know about this. Whether you have been given different work responsibilities or less pay, this is information that you should share.
Filing a Lawsuit or an Insurance Claim in Florida
When you have been injured by the negligent actions of another party, the first step that you should take is to consult with a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney. Not only will they be able to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, but they may be able to give you a clearer idea of how much money you are entitled to. Unfortunately, many victims settle for a less than favorable offer from the insurance company because they are unsure of what steps they can take to recover the compensation that they actually deserve. In such cases, it may be beneficial for the injured party to pursue a lawsuit with the help of a lawyer. In fact, studies have shown that one is usually able to obtain up to 40% more money when they hire legal representation.
Speak to a West Palm Beach Personal Injury Attorney Today
If you have further questions about managing the aftermath of an accident or you are ready to take legal action against a negligent party or individual, The Law Offices of Casey D. Shomo, P.A. prompts you to contact the firm today. When you call our office at (800) 690-7868, the initial consultation is free. A West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer is available to answer any questions that you may have, so do not hesitate to contact the firm today.