How to Handle the Insurance Company After Your Wreck
You’re probably dealing with a lot of emotions after your car accident. You’re injured, upset, and angry in the immediate aftermath.
But then comes an even bigger challenge, which is finding out who’s at fault, contacting the appropriate insurance companies, and getting compensated for your damages. That process can be stressful and is even more so if you don’t have legal representation or know what to expect when you’re offered a settlement.
If you have further questions about how to handle the insurance companies after your wreck, contact the lawyers of Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak to a board-certified personal injury trial lawyer, especially if your car accident is complicated or involves multiple parties.
Get a Medical Evaluation
Immediately after your car accident, get medical attention, even if you’re not in pain. Some injuries don’t show up right away, and failing to seek medical care until it’s too late can hurt your chances of recovery.
If you don’t act right away, insurance companies may claim you were injured in an unrelated accident. That can leave you without the funds you’re due to cover the costs of your recovery.
This way, doctors can make sure that everything is fine and if it’s not, your lawyers can work to ensure that you’re properly compensated for any serious injuries. Taking this step also prevents your injuries from worsening due to lack of treatment, lessening your suffering over time.
Don’t Accept the First Settlement Offer
It’s easy to get caught up in your emotions in the aftermath of a car accident, but it’s important to remember that there are many steps involved in the claims process. It will not be resolved overnight.
You should never give in to the temptation to take the usually low settlement the insurance companies initially offer you. Because the first settlement offer is never the best one, it’s essential to be patient during the negotiation process.
Ask for more money or a different settlement so you can be compensated for all medical bills or lost wages. Keep in mind that your lawyer can be a great asset during mediation. And don’t forget, if they don’t give you what you want, you have the right to legal representation.
You may want other drivers’ insurance companies involved as well. If one driver was responsible for causing your injuries but another driver was responsible for vehicle damage caused by the car accident, then both of them will typically share responsibility. Talk to your lawyer about negotiations with the insurance companies and involved parties.
Face the Insurance Companies with an Accident Attorney
Talk with lawyers who focus on personal injury claims before making any important decisions. We can help determine whether someone else may be liable for causing your damages.
Having representation means that you have professional help negotiating with the insurance companies to ensure that you’re rightfully compensated.
Gibbs & Crivelli, Slingshot Law provides free consultations for car accident victims. Fill out our online form or call 800-488-7840 so that we can explain what you need to know about getting compensated.
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