West Virginia Injury Attorney
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
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
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.