Don't Settle For Less
Than Your Case Is Worth
Take the Right Steps After an Accident
The steps you take after an accident or injury can make the difference
in your case. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we want
to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Below are a few tips
about the things you should do and avoid after an accident.
Mistakes to Avoid
Don’t wait to get medical treatment - Timely medical treatment after any type of accident is important for
your health and any injury claim you may file. While you may not feel
pain until hours or days after an accident, or think you can tough it
out, you should seek a proper medical assessment immediately after an
accident or as soon as you feel pain. You should also continue following
up with your doctor until the pain is resolved. This can ensure you receive
the care you need to identify and treat any medical issues. It can also
ensure you have a clear record of injuries caused by your accident.
Don’t trust the insurance company - Don’t be misled into thinking insurance companies will treat you
fairly and automatically pay you the compensation you deserve. Remember,
insurance companies are in business to collect premiums from their policyholders,
not to pay out claims.
Don’t settle too quickly - The time following an accident can be chaotic, and insurance companies
may try to capitalize on this by making low-ball settlement offers to
victims. For many who aren’t familiar with the law or insurance,
any offer may seem adequate. However, when victims don’t take into
account their past and future losses or the full extent of their damages,
they risk settling for less than they need and deserve.
Things to Do
Take immediate action - After an accident, you only have a limited amount of time to file a
claim for compensation. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations
and it prevents victims and families from filing claims if too much time
has passed. Aside from the deadlines in place, it’s always best
to begin your claim as soon as possible with the help of an attorney.
Taking immediate action is one of the most important things you can do
for your case.
Take an active role - Don’t sit back and leave your right to compensation in the hands
of others who don’t have a stake in your best interests. Take the
time to understand your legal rights and what you can do to protect them.
Because this may not always be easy after an accident, especially when
injuries are severe, consider working with a legal professional who can
handle the complexities of your case and keep you informed while you focus
on your recovery. Keep in mind that you can help your case by listening
taking an active role.
Speak with a lawyer - One of the biggest mistakes you can make following an injury is to try
handling your case without the help of a lawyer. By working with an attorney,
you risk settling too soon for less than you deserve or simply not receiving
any compensation at all. An experienced attorney can make the difference
in your case, and a passionate attorney will fight for the maximum compensation possible.
Let Our Proven DC Injury Lawyers Help
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At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., we believe we are a
valuable resource to victims and families who want to avoid mistakes during
their case, hold wrongdoers accountable, and recover full and fair compensation
after a preventable accident. Throughout the years, we’ve helped
many injured victims and families do just that.
If you have questions about avoiding mistakes during the personal injury
claim process and how our personal injury lawyers in Washington, DC can help you,
contact us today for a free case review. We serve clients throughout the DC metro area.