October 25, 2011
Steps of a Personal Injury Claim
By Jonathan Damashek
You’ve been injured in an accident. Not only are you frightened, hurt and worried, but you are also unsure of the proper way to handle the situation. You understand that another person’s actions have led directly to the injuries you have sustained, yet you don’t know whether to approach the at-fault party, their insurance company, or the authorities.
As a NYC personal injury law firm with over 75 years of collective trial experience and over $100 million recovered for our clients, we truly understand the proper steps to take after being involved in any type of accident in New York City.
1. Seek appropriate medical treatment. Without a doctor, you may be unaware of the extent of your injuries, and some injuries take several days or weeks to surface if a victim does not see a doctor beforehand. You will most likely not be able to file a claim for personal injury if you do not see a doctor about your injuries, and most importantly, your health may suffer as a result.
2. Find the right NYC personal injury attorney. Finding an attorney that will stand at your side and support your case will prove to be extremely beneficial in the outcome of your case. Additionally, you will want to work with a law firm that has a team with experience in a courtroom. There is no substitute for trial experience, and the more experience your attorney has, the more they can bring to your case.
3. Do not speak with any insurance companies. Hold off on talking to insurance companies, especially the adjuster for the at-fault party. They will attempt to talk to you before you have “lawyered up” and may try to offer you a smaller settlement. Do not be fooled – this settlement is not likely to cover the true extent of the damages and your injuries.
Having an attorney is the most important step in filing a personal injury claim. Without an attorney, you will most likely be unable to collect the full extent of your claim, if any at all. The opposing party may attempt to seek legal representation as well, which may result in their favor. In some cases, they may have their attorney investigate and come up with evidence to show that you, in fact, were the cause of the accident, when this may not be true. Do not attempt to file your claim without an attorney, call our law firm today.
After being involved in an accident, do not wait to call the New York City personal injury lawyers from HKD. We have years of experience in the area of personal injury law and car accident law, which can be used to your advantage.
Contact a New York City personal injury attorney for further questions.