Beware! Watch What You Say After An Accident

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Accidents General, Legal Advice

If you are in an auto accident, what you say right after it can affect the amount of compensation you receive.  This is because anything you say at the accident scene or elsewhere (including online) can be used against you later and could lower the value of your claim. 

What You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You…

To help make sure you don’t say anything that could hurt your case, right after an auto accident:

Don’t say the accident caused you no injuries.  Immediately after an accident, many people try to brush it off, saying things like “It’s okay, I’m not hurt.”  It’s important to remember that many injuries don’t show up until later, so until you have been fully examined by a doctor, don’t claim you suffered no injuries from the accident.  If you say at the accident scene that you weren’t hurt, this statement can be used by an insurance company or the other side to justify denying your claim or lowering the amount of compensation you receive.

* Don’t take any blame for the accident.  After an accident, many people say something along the lines of “I’m sorry, it was my fault.” Until you have all the facts, it is not wise to admit fault for the accident.  Many accidents are caused by things the driver did not see or know about — things that put blame for the accident elsewhere.  To protect your rights after a car accident, the best course is to not take any blame for it until you have consulted your lawyer and a full investigation has been made.

* Don’t discuss specifics of the accident. Things like how fast each party was going, who had the right of way, and other circumstances of the accident are issues best left for the lawyers and experts to resolve later.  After an auto accident, it’s best to just exchange key information with the other driver (name, address, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company, policy number and information about the car) and then leave the scene without going into the details of the accident.

After an auto accident, panic and confusion can cause you to not think clearly.  Because of this, and because you don’t have all the facts of the accident immediately after it, do not discuss fault or your injuries at the accident scene or anywhere else before first consulting your lawyer.  Watching what you say after an auto 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.

Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident?

Written by Barry R. Rabovsky on . Posted in Accidents General, Car Accidents, Legal Advice

If you’ve been in a car or other accident and want to make a claim, one of the key questions you will have is: “Do I need a lawyer?” The answer to this question depends on several factors, including the seriousness of the accident and severity of your injuries.

There are times when you may not need a lawyer’s help after an accident. For example, if you were in a minor fender-bender and are certain you did not suffer any injuries, you may not need a lawyer’s help.

However, for most other accidents, it is vital to have a lawyer’s help.

Some Ways a Lawyer Will Help After Your Accident

If there is a dispute over who was at fault, it is important to speak with an attorney. If you suffered serious injuries from the accident, you should definitely consult a lawyer. Even when your injuries are minor, you should still talk to a lawyer because some serious injuries take time to develop.

One of the main reasons why it’s vital to talk to a lawyer after an accident is because of the way insurance companies operate. An accident victim who deals directly with an insurance adjuster is taking on a huge risk. Insurance companies are in business to make money. One way they do this is to lower the amount they pay for claims, including your claim. They will try many tactics to achieve this, as they know you are inexperienced in handling accident claims. Having a lawyer help you deal with an adjuster gives you a much better chance to get the maximum compensation.

There are other reasons why you should use a lawyer after an accident. Your lawyer can explain your rights and duties, and tell you how much money you are entitled to receive. In addition, some claims have special rules. Not following them can cause you to lose your claim.

Maybe you are not only the victim, but are also accused of causing an accident. Your lawyer can help show if your “fault” was only small, to limit your liability. Your lawyer can also find out if you have insurance that will pay the claim or if someone else should share the responsibility.

As you’ve seen, in most cases you should have a lawyer’s help after an automobile or other kind of accident, especially if you were hurt. Having a lawyer’s help will increase your chances of getting the best settlement and make sure you don’t become another victim of insurance company misconduct.

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.

5 Key Mistakes To Avoid After You Have An Accident

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

If you’re in a car or other kind of accident, you will be faced with many issues, including who to talk to, what to say and which documents to sign.  It’s easy for accident victims to get confused by all that’s going on and to mistakenly say or do something that hurts their claim. 

Some Devastating Mistakes are Made After Having an Accident…

Here are five key mistakes to avoid if you’ve been in an accident.

  1. Admitting fault.

    Remember that anything you say can be used against you later and hurt your claim.  Since you don’t have all the facts — and because confusion can cause you to not think clearly — don’t admit fault, at least not before consulting your lawyer.
  1. Dealing with insurance adjusters without a lawyer.

    Adjusters handle many accident claims, and dealing with them without a lawyer increases the chance you’ll say or sign something that hurts your case.  Adjusters work for the insurance company, not you, and their job is to pay you as little as possible.   Studies (even those done by insurance companies) show that accident victims receive more money with a lawyer’s help.
  1. Not getting information at the scene.

    Getting the right information at the scene of the accident helps your lawyer prepare the strongest case.  Key information to get includes the name, address and phone numbers of witnesses and, in the case of a car accident, the other driver’s personal and vehicle information and insurance company name and policy number.  It is also crucial to make notes of the accident, take photographs and save any physical evidence. A recorder is very useful in documenting your thoughts immediately after an accident and throughout the process.
  1. Keeping poor records of expenses and problems.

    Accident victims are entitled to be compensated for many things, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and changes to their lifestyle.  Keeping good records of all out-of-pocket expenses and a written diary of all physical complaints will help you get compensated for everything the law entitles you to receive.
  1. Waiting to get legal help.

    The longer you wait to get legal help, the harder it can be to obtain evidence, and the more likely you will say something to an adjuster (or sign something) that hurts your case.  Waiting also puts you at higher risk of losing your claim because there are deadlines involved when making personal injury claims.

These are some of the mistakes that accident victims can make which hurt their claim. If you have questions about what to do after an accident, get legal help.  Your lawyer can help you avoid mistakes and obtain the maximum recovery.

 

You Need Great Legal Advice…

Injured in an accident? CALL US! We can help.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.

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.

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