If you suffer an injury or are involved in a car accident, the actions you take immediately after the incident could potentially affect your future. Though each incident is different, by familiarizing yourself with the general steps to take you’ll be better prepared to handle your situation.
Call for Emergency Medical Personnel
First and foremost after an accident, contact the appropriate emergency personnel by calling 911. The emergency personnel could include the police, fire rescue or EMS. These responders can take care of acute medical problems, and the police can hopefully start an investigation of any incident.
Accidents Away from Your Home
If the incident occurs away from home or on someone else’s premises, take appropriate action to record the events after calling 911.
- Request witness names and phone numbers
- Obtain any incident reports that may have been filled out
- Request any photos taken at the scene (and take photos using your cell phone if available)
- Call family members to the scene so that they can be witnesses and take additional photos
The ultimate goal is to preserve any potential evidence and record what happened, only after acute medical problems have been addressed.
Call a Lawyer to Protect Your Rights
As soon as practical, call a lawyer at 1-888-BURNETTI. The earlier that the lawyer can start investigating any incident, the better! Unfortunately, with the arrival of insurance companies, in many instances negligent parties have an advantage in that the insurance companies are in a position to start investigations before the injured parties are able to. In order to minimize the disadvantage created by insurance companies, contacting a lawyer right away can help.
Insurance Companies Handle Claims Every Day – A Personal Injury Attorney on Your Side Can Help Level the Playing Field
Sometimes injured individuals believe that they can handle the insurance companies and investigation on their own. However, remember that insurance companies are in the business of dealing with claims, and experienced adjusters handle claims day in and day out. The injured individual does not, and most are at a great disadvantage.
The Recorded Statement
Many times the insurance adjuster will call the injured person and request a recorded statement. Never agree to this recorded statement without consulting with a lawyer first. These experienced adjusters are in the business of taking these statements; they can utilize their questioning procedures and get an injured individual to say something that is not helpful to their case, when in fact an appropriate wording of the information would have avoided the negative impact.
Don’t Become the Victim of an Unscrupulous Insurance Adjuster. Hire a Lawyer First.
Florida personal injury lawyers at Burnetti, P.A. represent the injured and not the profit motivated insurance companies. Our attorneys represent clients to the best possible extent to ensure that they are not taken advantage of, and help maximize financial compensation.
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