The aftermath of a car accident is never easy. From the moment it happens, to weeks after, you need to get started on several processes. You’ll need to focus on making repairs to your car, healing from any physical injuries, and you’ll need to process everything that just happened.
Another thing you will need to do is deal with at least two insurance companies: your insurance company and the company of the individual(s) involved in the accident. If you want to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, read these 3 reasons to speak with an accident lawyer before you speak with an insurance company.
You Might Not Know the Extent of Your Injuries Yet
After the accident, report to your insurance company the details of the event. Mention the day, time, location, and circumstances of the crash. Do not disclose any physical injuries or emotional trauma that may have occurred from the accident before speaking to an attorney.
You may not know the severity of your injuries yet. In some situations, you may feel fine after the accident, then have symptoms show up weeks later. This is common with whiplash, brain injuries, and neck and back injuries. If you said you felt fine after the accident, and then made an injury claim, the insurance company will use your original statement against you.
Insurance Adjusters Don’t Have Your Best Interests in Mind
After an accident, you may receive a call from the insurance company covering the other individual involved in the accident. While they may seem friendly or sympathetic, insurance adjusters do not have your best interests in mind. Their goal is to protect their company’s interests, not yours.
Although an insurance company may tell you differently, you have the right to speak with a lawyer and it will not hurt your case. Once you hire an attorney, you are protected by attorney-client privilege.
Any of the details you discuss with your attorney can’t be disclosed to the insurance company and it won’t be used against you. The attorney has your best interests in mind and will fight for you. They can even talk with the insurance company for you.
Contact the Attorneys at Doehling Law
Injured in a car accident? It is in your best interest to seek legal help. The lawyers at Doehling Law have decades of combined experience, bringing caring and dedicated legal representation. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident due to the negligent actions of another, and are curious about your options, contact Doehling Law today for a free consultation at (970) 292-7171.