By: Allan M. Siegel
What you say and do following a
car accident can make the difference when you file a
personal injury claim to recover your damages. Because victims often struggle with the
physical, financial, and emotional burdens created by accidents, remembering
the right things to do can be difficult. That’s why working with
an experienced lawyer can help ensure the correct steps are taken as you
navigate your legal journey and pursue the compensation you deserve.
At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC car
accident lawyers provide step-by-step legal assistance to victims and
families as soon as they reach out for help. You can also do your part
to protect your rights by avoiding some common mistakes:
Not Filing A Police Report - A police report is an objective record of what took place, and it may
end up being a vital piece of evidence in proving what really happened
in your wreck. Police reports can also help prevent people from giving
false identifying information.
Not Exchanging Information - Always exchange information with all parties involved in an accident,
as well as any witnesses. This includes contact information, driver’s
license number and license plate, insurance company and policy number,
and the make and model of the vehicles. This is crucial information that
can help you as you pursue a recovery for your injuries. You should also
still collect information even if you don’t think anyone is injured
at the time of the crash. Victims may not immediately feel pain or injuries.
Not Seeking Timely Medical Treatment - Seeking timely medical treatment is important for both your health and
your future claim. If you feel pain, prompt medical attention is crucial.
Even if you don’t feel pain right after the accident, it’s
important to have a physician properly assess you, as pain and injures
may not manifest until hours later or the following days. By seeking timely
medical treatment, you can ensure any serious issues receive the attention
they need. You also protect yourself by having a clear record of your
injuries and treatment, without the need to explain why you waited.
Trusting the Insurance Company - Insurance companies are in business to collect premiums, not pay out
claims to victims. Because they have an interest in protecting their bottom
lines, insurers devote a lot of resources and effort toward minimizing
or denying claims. This means they’ll often try to quickly settle
for less than victims deserve, or look for ways to avoid paying anything
at all. You can level the playing field by working with attorneys who
know the tactics used by insurance companies.
Not Working With an Attorney – One of the biggest mistakes victims make is attempting to handle
their claims on their own. While there is no requirement to have a lawyer,
having an experienced legal representative who is familiar with the process
and how to produce the best results can make the difference between full
compensation and less compensation than you need, or even none at all.
Unfortunately, we often hear from victims who accepted low settlement
offers from insurers or had their claims denied because they did not contact
an attorney first.
After any type of traffic accident, you can minimize the risk of mistakes
and increase your risk of a successful case by working with proven lawyers.
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has leveraged
over 90 years of combined experience to help our clients recover millions of dollars
in compensation. If you or your loved one has been hurt in a crash, let
us make the difference for you.
Contact our firm today for a FREE consultation. For more information about taking the right
steps after an accident, download our E-book -
Top 10 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident.