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Automobile Accidents

After a car accident or another type of accident, it can be very difficult to regain your health, your feelings of confidence, or even your ability to feel safe. Many people struggle dealing with the physical and mental repercussions of serious injuries in addition to uncertainty about their financial future. If you are involved in an accident that has resulted in personal injury to you, it is important that you consider filing a personal injury claim. By speaking with someone at Adam Polo Law, you can gain insight on your best course of action.

Many people do not realize the hardship that medical bills and other expenses from an accident can cause until the situation gets out of control, with bills piling up and a limited ability to pay.  There is a short amount of time in which you may file a claim, so it is best to have your claim reviewed as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to whether you have a case, the best thing to do is have Adam Polo Law review the details of the accident.

#1: Call emergency services or seek medical care right away.

  • The first and most important step is to receive the proper medical care. Even if you believe that you may not be seriously injured, it is best to be properly evaluated by a doctor. In many cases, the pain from an injury does not show up until hours or even days after the accident actually occurs. This will not only ensure that the injuries are assessed and treated, but it will also provide immediate medical documentation which will later be helpful when you file a claim.

#2: Call law enforcement and report the accident.

  • If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to report it to the police. In some types of accidents, it is not necessary to report to the police. However, promptly reporting that the accident has occurred can provide you with documentation of the accident. It is extremely important to never give any details in any type of report as to why you think that accident occurred or whether or not you believe you may have been partially at fault.

#3: Get the names and contact information of witnesses.

  • In most types of accidents, it is important to get the names of anyone that may have witnessed the accident. This could be a co-worker, bystander or simply someone walking down the street at the time of the accident. They may be called upon to provide testimonial.

#4: Write down what happened and take photos.

  • If you have a camera, take photos of the accident. Some people choose to keep a disposable camera in their glove compartment; others simply use the cameras in their phones. The photos may be used as evidence at a later date and could back up your claim. Write down what occurred being as specific as possible also, noting the weather, the area, how you feel, and what you remember.

#5: Do not admit fault to the other driver or their insurance company.

  • After an accident, it is natural to want to take the blame even when it is not true. The period after a serious accident is emotional and in many cases, very confusing as to what actually occurred. It is natural to feel guilty, even when you are not at fault, as this is often part of human nature. Unfortunately, the responsible party or insurance companies may use your apology to keep from paying you your just compensation. Refrain from discussing the accident if at all possible.

#6: Speak with Adam Polo Law immediately.

  • Speak with a personal injury lawyer as early on in the process as possible. If you wish to speak with an attorney before reporting the accident to your insurance company, you may do so. An attorney will greatly improve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.