When you’ve been hurt in a crash or have slipped and fallen on some unsafe stairs, a good personal injury attorney can help soften the financial blow of your injuries. However, your own ability to collect compensation and the strength of your claim will depend a great deal on your own actions. Below are some important dos and don’ts to follow if you need to file a personal injury claim.
If You’ve Been Injured…
Try to collect as much evidence as possible at the scene of the accident, including names of any witnesses, pictures of the vehicles involved, or any other factors that contributed to your injuries. You should also see a doctor immediately, even if you don’t think you’ve been seriously hurt. Some injuries won’t fully manifest until later, and your medical records can be important evidence when linking your injuries to the accident. Finally, speak to a personal injury attorney before accepting a settlement to ensure you get the maximum award for your damages.
Never apologize for an accident, even if others are seriously hurt. If you’ve been in an auto accident, it’s usually in your best interests to speak to the other driver as little as possible to avoid making statements that can be used against you later. Insurance companies might also approach you immediately after the accident with an offer, but you should never accept it without speaking to an attorney first. In most cases, these initial offers won’t even be enough to cover your medical expenses.
With over 20 years of experience and offices across the state of North Carolina, Nagle & Associates, PA is one of the state’s auto accident injury firms. Over the years, they’ve collected over $290 million in compensation for their clients, and have the resources and experience to help achieve justice. To find your nearest location, visit their website now, and follow their Facebook to learn more about their services. To schedule a free consultation to discuss your injuries, give their offices a call at (336) 723-4500.