INJURED in Washington, DC and Maryland?: A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO YOUR RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
INJURED In a Bus, Truck or Car Accident?: Know Your Legal Rights by Speaking With An Attorney Immediately
Five (5) essential steps to follow if you have been involved in an accident; either a car, truck or bus accident or a slip and fall.
1. Step Number One: SEE YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY FOR A DIAGNOSIS!
A comprehensive examination and a treatment plan must be devised. Attend all doctor visits scheduled by a medical or chiropractic physician. Work with your doctor and focus on getting better.
2. Step Number Two: COMPLETE AN ACCIDENT/INCIDENT REPORT!
If you have been involved in a car accident, always complete a car accident report. Even if the amount of damage appears to be relatively insignificant, you should nevertheless complete a report so as to protect yourself legally and document the facts of the accident.
3. Step Number Three: TALK TO NO ONE ABOUT THE ACCIDENT UNTIL YOU KNOW YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS!
After the accident, do not talk to anyone, even your own insurance company, about what happened in the accident. (Note: You must put your insurance company on notice of the accident- preferably through your lawyer.) Even incidental or side comments by you may jeopardize or reduce the value of your claim. Talk to no one— until you have consulted with a personal injury attorney.
4. Step Number Four: DO NOT DISCUSS FAULT!
Although you may feel you did something wrong, the legal rules establishing liability and fault are very complex, and you may not be liable at all. Know your legal rights before you talk to anyone about fault. Consult with a lawyer before talking to anyone about fault.
5. Step Number Five: GET A FREE LEGAL OFFICE OR TELEPHONE CONSULTATION!
Even simple accidents such as a rear-end car collision or a simple slip and fall can present or balloon into very complex legal problems.
If you have been injured remember this: It is not just about you, it’s also about your family.
Do not gamble on an attorney. Accidents do happen but choosing an attorney should not be an accident. Choose a lawyer who has the experience, the expertise, the sheer competence, the knowledge, the skill and, above all, the fighting spirit—one who not only knows the law, but also will believe in you and your claim—to vigorously and enthusiastically pursue your claim. Select a lawyer who understands how insurance companies investigate, process, litigate and/or ultimately settle personal injury claims. If you want to have brain surgery, my goodness, go to the brain surgeon!