At Silverman & Associates, P.C., in Denver, we recognize that car accident victims are often left wondering what they should do next. Here is information about the first steps you should take if you or a loved one has been hurt by a negligent driver:
Prioritize Medical Care
This is something that is taken for granted with surprising frequency. While most people get immediate medical treatment if the injuries were serious, those with minor injuries may delay, allowing those injuries to worsen. This is common with whiplash and other soft tissue injuries that may not seem bad at first, but can become serious problems. Furthermore, people often neglect follow-up care. They skip doctor appointments or miss physical therapy sessions. This can actually hurt a case, because the insurance company will use it as evidence that the injuries were not as severe as the victim claimed.
Gather The Facts
If possible, get the names and contact information of witnesses. Take detailed notes about the situation. Take photos of the car wreck scene. Take photos of the damage to your car before it is repaired, and the other car too. Take photos of your injuries before they heal. All of this can prove to be crucial evidence that can make a world of difference in getting you fair compensation for medical expenses and other costs.
Use Caution When Speaking With The Insurance Adjuster
You may be contacted by the insurance adjuster very soon after the car crash. The adjuster may attempt to get you to make statements that could devalue your claim. You are only required to provide the basics. You should not speculate about fault or the extent of your injuries. Definitely do not sign anything or accept a settlement offer without consulting a lawyer to determine whether you are getting a fair amount of compensation.
Enlist An Attorney
You can talk to a personal injury attorney at our law firm for free. There is no risk to you. We handle all cases on a contingent fee basis, meaning you are under no obligation to pay us unless we succeed in getting you compensation. When you enlist us, we will work with the insurance company on your behalf and build a strong case designed to get you all the money you need to move forward with your life. Call 303-731-0734 or send an email.