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Do's and Don'ts After an Accident

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Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

If you have been involved in a car accident in West Virginia, you need to obtain immediate legal representation from an experienced West Virginia car accident attorney. Fitzsimmons Law Firm PLLC has been highly successful in defending the rights of accident victims throughout the state for more than 30 years. They have an AV Preeminent® rating with Martindale-Hubbell®, and their lead attorney has been recognized as one of the top 75 plaintiff attorneys in the entire United States. Protecting the rights of the injured is the primary focus of the firm, and if you have been involved in a car accident there are several actions that should be taken, as outlined below.

West Virginia Car Accident Do's

  • First and foremost call your insurance company and inform them that you have been involved in a car accident. Without admitting any guilt or responsibility, calling your insurance company and giving them your recorded statement will initiate the claim and investigation process.

  • If you have sustained serious injuries in an accident, the firm advises you consult with legal counsel at the firm prior to making a statement. This will help increase the possibility that you will recover the maximum compensation.

  • Seek medical care or emergency treatment at once. Injuries that appear to be minor must be evaluated by a physician, as there are several very serious injuries, including closed head injuries that could be fatal if not treated immediately.

  • If possible, take photos and thoroughly document the scene of the accident. Exchange contact information, and get the names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses if you are able.

  • Get in touch with an attorney from the firm to discuss your legal options.

Don'ts after a West Virginia Car Accident

  • There are several actions that you should not do following a car accident.

  • Don't provide a recorded statement to the responsible party's insurance company. Any information you provide may be used to deny or challenge your claim.

  • Do not wait days or weeks to seek medical treatment. Full documentation of the injuries is a vital factor in the success of insurance claims and lawsuits.

  • Don't send medical bills to the insurance adjuster on your case. Your attorney will need your medical bills and other accident-related receipts to help you provide an accurate total for your claim.

  • No matter what the other driver's insurance company may tell you, don't give them access your medical records. Once you give your authorization they will have access to your records thereafter. They do not need direct access to process your claim, and this aspect of the case must be managed carefully by your attorney.

  • In many cases, insurance companies choose to litigate a claim than settle. Work with your lawyer closely so that every detail is in order. Don't ever agree to a settlement offer or accept and deposit a payment from your insurance company, or the other driver's insurance company, without first consulting with an attorney.

  • Don't hire a lawyer or medical professional who has sought you out after an accident.

  • Finally, don't expect that your claim or lawsuit will make you wealthy. Claims from an accident are calculated based upon the injuries, pain and suffering, loss of income and other damages. A lawyer from the firm will carefully value your case, based upon the degree of the injuries, the long term impact on your life and finances, and the emotional anguish and pain and suffering you have experienced, as well as other estimated losses.

Why contact a West Virginia personal injury lawyer after an accident?

Car accidents cause debilitating injuries and unimaginable suffering. What you do and say following an accident can have a direct impact on the outcome of your case. One simple misstep and you could be forced to pay damages rather than recover the damages you are rightfully owed. Protect yourself. Protect your future. Hire a lawyer who has your best interests in mind and who is personally dedicated to you and your case.

Contact the firm to find out more about the specific steps you should take following your accident.

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