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Injured in an Accident? Here’s What You Need to Do Immediately.

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Accidents General

If you’re injured in a car or other type of accident, you will want to get the maximum compensation for your injuries. There are several key things you can do to increase the amount of compensation you receive.

The first thing you must do is try to keep a clear head. The following are some of the main things you can do to help your lawyer help you in your accident injury case.

How to Protect Yourself After an Accident Injury

* Hire an experienced personal injury lawyer.  The lawyer you select to handle your case can make a big difference in how much compensation you receive. Hiring a law firm that’s handled many accident cases, like our firm, is a tremendous asset when making a claim to an insurance company. Insurance companies have teams of lawyers working to lower accident payouts, and your own lawyer’s skills, training and experience in dealing with insurance companies can pay off for you in the form of a much higher financial recovery.

* Take photos of your injuries while they’re fresh.  A picture is worth a thousand words, and this is especially true in accident cases.  Photos showing your injuries while they are fresh can convey their nature and severity to an insurance company or court.

* Tell your doctor about all your injuries.  Many accident victims downplay injuries when visiting their doctor, thinking they’ll look weak.  But this is a bad idea.  If your doctor isn’t aware of an injury and it goes untreated, the injury could get much worse.  Also, your doctor’s notes and reports serve as evidence of your injuries, so if these reports omit injuries, you likely won’t get compensated for them.

* Wait for a fair settlement.  Some accident victims want to accept a fast settlement just to end the matter.  But if you settle too soon, you’ll likely pay some of the accident costs yourself.  Remember that many injuries take time to develop, so a person’s medical costs, lost wages and other things that go into figuring what’s full compensation takes time to be known. It’s much wiser not to settle your claim until you know the full extent of your injuries and damages.

* Act fast.  The sooner you seek legal help, the sooner your lawyer can start working on your case and the more likely you’ll avoid doing something that hurts your case.

These are some of the key things to do after an accident to help increase your compensation.  Taking the proper steps after an accident can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

What Are The Most Important Things To Do After A Car Accident?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Car Accidents

So you just have been involved in an accident? Was it your fault? How do you know? Illinois is a modified comparative negligence state, so fault matters.

You have to document as much information as you possibly can. Your cell phone is your friend; take pictures, record your thoughts in audio, get statements if you can, and gather as much information as possible, because tomorrow this will all be a blur.

Don’t Be A Victim

After an accident, there’s a good chance an insurance adjuster will contact you. He or she will likely say or do things under the pretense of trying to help you, but be aware they are really meant to get you to settle your claim for little or no money and without involving a lawyer. 

Here are some tactics that adjusters use on accident victims with the goal to lower payouts.  Knowing about them can help you avoid being a victim.

* Adjusters try to convince you that a lawyer won’t help you, saying that the adjuster will get you the best settlement.  Don’t be tricked by this!  Adjusters work for the insurer, not you, and their goal is to pay you as little as possible so the insurance company boosts its profits.  Your own lawyer is truly on your side after an accident and will work to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.

* Stalling.  Some accident victims first try handling their claim alone to see if they’ll get a good offer from the insurance company.  The adjuster will stall, and meanwhile, valuable time is being lost.  It’s important to get your lawyer involved early, when evidence is fresh and witnesses’ memories are strong.  Also, if you wait too long to make your claim, the deadline to make claims may expire.

* Trying to get statements from you before you’ve hired a lawyer. Anything you say can be used against you, and adjusters are good at getting accident victims to say things that hurt their case.  Avoid this by consulting your lawyer before giving any statement.

* Trying to get you to sign things that hurt your case.  This can include authorizations that let the insurance company get all your medical records (and then claim the accident wasn’t the cause of your injuries), and a release of all claims for a small sum of money, which prevents you from getting the maximum compensation.  To avoid problems, don’t sign anything unless your lawyer tells you that it’s okay to sign.

These are just some of the tactics insurance adjusters can use to lower accident payouts.  To avoid being victimized by them, call your lawyer promptly after an accident.  Your lawyer will deal with the insurance company for you, helping you receive the maximum compensation.

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.You need someone who is on your side and knows exactly what they’re doing. Barry R. Rabovsky only represents injured individuals and their families. With more than 29 years of experience as a personal injury attorney in the Chicago metropolitan area, he is well known and highly regarded. He is an aggressive, skilled trial lawyer with a reputation for excellence that makes his retention a key to success in complex, adversarial personal injury proceedings. Contact Barry today toll-free at (800) 822-4321 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Barry R. Rabovsky
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