FAQs by Someone Who Has Been In An Auto Accident

If You Have Been In A Car Accident, What Are The Steps You Need To Take From Start To Finish?

The very first thing you need to do is to get emergency care. After you get emergency healthcare, you should call the office of Slaughter & Slaughter. First thing is to take care of your health and then call an attorney.

Should You Notify Police Or The Insurance Companies?

You should certainly notify the police at the scene. As far as notifying the insurance company, it is just best to allow your attorney to do that. You should retain counsel and have your attorney do so on your behalf. You do not want to put yourself in a situation or be in such as giving a recorded statement without representation.

What Happens If You Do Give A Recorded Statement To The Insurance Company Without Retaining Counsel?

You are better off if you get legal counsel so that you will not have to make arguments later on that there was something wrong with the recording, or this is not what you actually said. You are always better off not to give a statement to begin with, instead of trying to argue to get it thrown out. The sooner you get legal counsel, the better off you will be.

What Should You Do If The Other Driver’s Insurance Company Contacts You?

You should refer them to the attorney that you hired. If you do not have an attorney, you should retain one and then refer them to your attorney. You should never speak directly to them for the same reason that their job and their goal is also to reduce your settlement to as small amount as possible and outright defeat you in your claim. That is their main goal. Once you understand it is an adversarial situation with them, no matter how friendly they are acting, their goal is something very different than your goal and that is to give you as little as possible for your injuries.

What If You Feel Fine At The Time Of The Accident But Start Having Pain And Other Symptoms Several Days Or Weeks Later? Do You Still Have A Case?

After an accident, it is always better to be checked out by a medical professional. Usually, you have up until the statute of limitations to actually file a lawsuit. So, as soon as you have any symptoms and if you did not get checked out earlier, you should be.

Why Is It Important To Follow The Recommended Doctor’s Treatments After A Personal Injury Case And Not Miss Appointments?

The very first thing is your health. Their modalities of treatment are designed to make you better faster. If you are not following your doctor’s protocols, then chances are that you are not going to get the optimum results that you would expect. Any gaps in getting treatment may be evidence of a less severe injury if you are not actively seeking treatment. It may be indicative of the fact that your injuries are less severe because most people who are injured will seek treatment immediately and they will follow their doctor’s recommendations and modalities of treatment.

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