Personal Injury Auto Accidents:
What You Need to Know
If you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, you are facing one of the most critical and challenging times in your life. In addition to physical injuries and necessary medical treatment, you may have missed time from work, lost the use of your vehicle, or lost the ability to perform some or all of your daily activities. To make matters worse, you’ve likely been contacted by an insurance company, who wants you to sign documents, give a recorded statement, and provide other information about your claim.
Have you been injured in an accident? Do you have questions about hiring a personal injury attorney, or who you should contact? Are you wondering about whether you are entitled to compensation for your injuries? Have you been asked to sign documents and provide information to the at-fault driver’s insurance company? Navigating these questions can be difficult so we have answered a few of the most frequent ones for you below:
How soon should I seek medical treatment or contact a personal injury lawyer after an auto accident?
It is critically important to seek medical treatment immediately after you are injured in an auto accident. By seeking immediate medical treatment, you will give your physicians an opportunity to: (1) evaluate the nature and extent of your injuries; (2) develop a treatment plan to maximize your physical recovery; (3) give you referrals to specialists and other necessary providers; and (4) create records to document your complaints and injuries. Once you’ve visited a medical provider, you should consult an experienced personal injury lawyer, who will guide you through the claim resolution process and maximize your compensation for medical bills, lost wages, future medical treatment, and pain and suffering.
The insurance company wants a recorded statement – what should I do?
You were recently injured by the wrongful conduct of another and now the at-fault party’s insurance company wants to take a recorded statement from you. The insurance company tells you that the statement will help them evaluate your injury claim and determine whether you are entitled to compensation. At first glance, it may SEEM like the insurance company is trying to help you with your claim. In reality, however, the insurance company is hoping to get information from you that they can use to deny liability for your injuries or limit your claim for compensation.
The insurance company does not have your best interest at heart. So, if you’ve been asked to give a recorded statement, you need to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who battles with insurance companies every day.
Injured in an accident – should I sign a medical authorization for the insurance company?
You have been injured in an accident as a result of someone else’s negligence or unlawful conduct and you’ve opened a claim for compensation with the at-fault party’s insurance company. Now, the insurance company has asked you to sign a medical authorization so that they can obtain medical records related to your injuries. Do you have to sign the medical authorization? If you do, will it help you receive the compensation you deserve?
At Burton Law Firm, PLLC, we receive questions like this all the time. While the insurance company wants you to believe that signing a medical authorization will help you receive the compensation you deserve, in reality, the insurer will try to use the authorization to request medical records unrelated to your injuries for the purpose of denying liability or limiting your claim for compensation. The insurance company is not on your side.
With so many questions and much on the line, you need the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to navigate the personal injury claim process and maximize your claim for compensation. Contact Burton Law Firm, PLLC today for a FREE personal injury case consultation so WE can show you why we are so highly recognized for our results in personal injury cases.