Accidental Handling of an Accident Case
Accidents happen. In the legal world we refer to accidents as acts of negligence. In essence, when an accident occurs and we can identify the party(ies) responsible for the accident and resulting injuries and damages it is important that a claim be made for compensation. There is nothing illegal, unethical, or otherwise bad about this approach. It is merely a real world application of the mantra many of us heard as children “take responsibility for what you do.” Insurance companies, sureties, and related entities were created to
provide compensation in the event of an accident.
Accidents come in varying degrees. From apparent parking lot fender benders to catastrophic accidents leading to personal injury or death, there is usually a need to have one’s losses compensated. The laws of negligence and compensation can vary from state to state and it is best to consult an attorney if you find yourself the victim of an accident. Even if you decide not to hire an attorney and instead opt to handle the matter yourself you should only do so after a full understanding of the facts, your situation, and your best approach. Too many people try to figure it out on their own and make grave mistakes in handling the situation. In my years as an attorney I have been contacted by prospective clients who made mistakes such as the following:
- Failing to seek medical treatment after an accident
- Failing to follow up with the recommendations of a doctor
- Failing to file a claim or legal action within the applicable statute of limitations
- Providing too much information in a statement to an insurance company
- Failing to properly document property damage or injuries (ex: not taking photographs, not obtaining or retaining receipts)
Instead of accidentally handling your accident case speak with an experienced professional. No, researching the law on the Internet or piecing together advice from family and friends is not sufficient. Most lawyers provide free consultations in accident cases and taking advantage of a free consultation may be the most valuable decision you make in how to handle your accident case.