When you are in an accident, it is fair to say that you are overwhelmed and possibly disoriented. Because of this, there may be information that you fail to get and receive during this hazy period to make an insurance claim; however, this information may be critical to the amount you receive from an insurance agency or if you decide to file a lawsuit.
Therefore, the question becomes what actions should you take following an accident? If you or a loved one have been involved in an accident, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham personal injury attorney so that we can strategize about the best possible outcomes for your situation.
What Actions Should You Take?
When you are in an accident, no matter how fast or how slow you are going, auto accidents generate a lot of force. No matter how minor you may believe your accidents are, after being in an auto accident, it is invaluable to seek medical attention if you feel any form of discomfort or pain. Because you may be full of adrenaline and may not feel any discomfort at the time of the accident, seeking medical attention the day after your accident is imperative to preserve a claim with insurance claims.
Following an accident, it is also best to notify the at-fault driver and their insurance company, as well as yours, that you intend to file a claim. Also, it is crucial to your claim to get copies of your medical records following an accident to add to your claim. Getting this information can impact how you are compensated for your injuries.
Lastly, the other driver’s insurance company may try to contact you with the intent for you to sign a release of the insurance company and offer a settlement claim, however, it is best to wait until you have been fully evaluated by a medical professional and possibly speaking with a legal advisor before signing a release. Every situation is different and your situation may require more or less assistance. Seeking legal advice and representation can be extremely beneficial to your case during this time.
Get Legal Help
Auto accidents can be scary and overwhelming. They can leave you, not only disheveled, but also with injury. Because of this, it is important to obtain and gather the right information for your insurance claim and/or lawsuit. Doing this, can make all of the difference between being compensated or not for your injuries. Because all situations are different, it is in your best interest to contact an experienced Birmingham personal injury at Massey, Stotser, & Nichols, PC to help you with your case. Contact our office today!