If you have recently sustained an injury resulting from a negligence-related accident, you are surely dealing with the aftermath right now. In addition to your pain and suffering, you are probably also at a loss over what you should do next. Our Boston personal injury attorneys have compiled a list of some of the most commonly asked questions by our clients and provided the answers below.
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I've just been in a car accident. What should I do next?
It is very important that you remain calm. Do not apologize to the other driver. Doing so could be considered admitting fault for the auto accident.
What you should do is the following:
- Collect the other driver's contact information and insurance information.
- Take pictures of the accident scene, the damage, and your injuries.
- Collect the contact information of any witnesses.
- File a police report, if possible.
- Notify your insurance of the accident.
- Seek immediate medical care regardless of how minor your injuries may seem.
- Keep any receipts or copies of the medical care you received.
- Seek the immediate help of our firm in filing an injury claim against the at-fault driver's insurance carrier.
How much is my claim worth?It's impossible to provide you with an exact amount for your claim's worth. A variety of factors must be taken into consideration, such as your injuries, cost of current and future medical care, the amount of your income loss, and your property damage. Because cases vary, speak with our Boston personal injury lawyer for a better idea of what you can expect from the claims-filing process.
Will my case go to trial?It is unlikely that your case will have to be settled in court. Most personal injury cases are settled outside of court or before the actual trial date. However, if you are offered a low amount of compensation, we are skilled trial lawyers who are ready to go to court on your behalf.
Why can't I just settle this on my own with the insurance company?We highly discourage you from trying to settle this on your own. Those who have tried have soon found what an incredible disservice they have done to themselves. Insurance companies are notorious for lowballing injured victims out of fair compensation. They often make people believe that their initial offer is the best offer they can make, which is simply untrue. Retaining legal representation only enhances the possibility that you will recover maximum compensation. Insurance companies quickly change their tune once they learn you have hired a lawyer.
I can't afford to hire a lawyer. What are my options?Our firm understands that your accident has probably placed you and your family under financial strain. This is why we accept personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis. We do not charge legal fees unless we successfully recover monetary compensation for our clients. This allows us to provide high-quality legal representation to those who are feeling powerless and voiceless.