Everyone thinks they have adequate insurance, until the time comes to use it.
In most instances, when you are in an accident, one of the first things that happens is both parties’ insurances are notified.
Next, most people contemplate hiring an attorney.
Finally, there is negotiating. Negotiations are often very time consuming and stressful if handled without an attorney.
Here are 5 tips to consider if you have been in an accident.
- Call 911
- File a police report and obtain witness contact information;
- Take as many photographs and videos of the damage and the surroundings as possible;
- Seek the proper medical treatment;
- Contact an experienced personal injury attorney.
Is an attorney needed?
If you have been involved in an auto accident, you may want to contact a licensed personal injury attorney. A personal injury attorney may have a great impact on how much compensation you will ultimately obtain.
Most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee. A contingency fee is one where you pay the attorneys a percentage of any monies you obtain as a result of the case. It is important to understand the percentages the attorney will obtain at different stages. In most retainer agreements, the attorney contingency percentage will increase upon the initiation of arbitration or mediation and upon the filing of a complaint.
Before speaking with family members or friends, contact a personal injury attorney to better understand your rights and possible outcomes.
More often than not, an insurance company will present an offer for much less than what you believe the matter is worth. Do not be discouraged, this is a negotiating tactic and one that most insurance companies pursue. They may offer an amount which is so low that you fear you will never see any of the compensation you deserve. This is where a reputable personal injury attorney may be able to assist and obtain compensation you are happy about. With experience attorneys learn how insurance companies value claims and what they will and will not agree to. Be sure to contact a personal injury attorney.
The opposing party’s insurance may attempt to negotiate and settle your matter. As Mehdipour Law P.C. can explain, a personal injury attorney may be able to assist in negotiating and settling your matter if that is what you desire.
If you are able to agree to an amount to settle your matter, the insurance company will send you what is called a general release. Please be sure to read this release yourself and ask an attorney to assist in reading and analyzing the release even if you did not hire an attorney previously, as they may be able to point out terms and conditions which you are not in agreement with.
If You Have Been Injured, Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm Today.