First Thing’s First – Seek Medical Attention For Your Injuries
Were you injured in a car accident? The first thing you should do is seek medical attention for any injuries sustained in a car accident.
Once you are physically able to, start writing down everything that happened in the car accident. Include anything you observed that may have contributed to the cause of the accident. This is not the time to be critical of your writing, jot down everything you can remember and sort it out later. If it helps, you can draw diagrams, sketches, anything that will help you remember and explain the situation.
The smartest thing you can do to strengthen your car accident claim is document everything:
- Take pictures of the accident scene
- Get photos of the damaged portion of each vehicle
- Get pictures of the surrounding areas
- Request copies of your medical exams
- Write down the time, date, weather of the accident
- Try to remember the sequence of events leading up to the accident
Keep Copies of All Your Medical Bills
It is paramount to keep proof of every medical expense if you intend to be reimbursed for that expense as a condition of your car accident settlement or claim. You should also keep receipts for any and all out-of-pocket expenses, including non-medical expenses such as transportation to and from the hospital.
Documenting your injuries also helps your car accident attorney to prove the seriousness of your injuries. Without documentation, the responsible party may claim that you were never injured at all, and it’s your word against theirs unless you have some concrete evidence.
Request a copy of your medical records, or at least request the section of your records that shows the treatment you received for your injuries after the car accident.
Call a Pennsylvania Car Accident Lawyer for Help: (888) 498-3023
We realize that you are dealing with a physically and mentally trying situation. If you’re feeling overwhelmed (which is normal), an experienced Pennsylvania car accident attorney at Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC is happy to help you retrieve any documentation you need.
We’ve built the strongest cases possible for our clients to ensure that they received the compensation they deserved for their injuries and property losses, as well as pain and suffering. Our clients have never paid any upfront fees for our help—we simply get to work so they can focus on getting better.
The Insurance Adjuster is Not Your Friend
With everything you’re facing, you might be tempted to take an early settlement offer from your insurance company. We advise against doing that until you speak to an attorney about the actual worth of your case. In the vast majority of insurance claims, lump sum offers are low-ball offers—adjusters offer the smallest possible settlement necessary to close your claim.
Even if you never go to trial, having an attorney on your side will likely increase the size of your settlement—studies have shown that people who hired a lawyer consistently got larger settlements from insurance companies than people who tried to handle the claim themselves. Additionally, lawyers actually fight for your interests. Adjusters make a living by limiting what you get. Attorneys make a living by maximizing what you get.
If you want to know if you have a case and how much the insurance company should be offering you, call (888) 498-3023 to speak with a Pennsylvania car accident attorney. Since 1922, Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC have protected the injured from negligence and predatory insurance practices. We have secured hundreds of millions for our clients, helping them improve their lives and secure their futures.