Accidents are often unpredictable and can happen to anyone, anywhere, and anytime. In the aftermath of an accident, the chaos can make the claims process even more stressful and confusing. To make sure that you prepare a solid claim that can help maximize your compensation, follow these basic tips. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to consult an experienced personal injury lawyer in Nassau County at Foley Griffin, LLP.
During the personal injury claims process, remember to do the following:
- See a doctor.
One of the most important things you will need for your claim is the medical records to prove that you were injured. Even if you felt fine after the accident, you should always check to see if you suffered any underlying injuries.
Don’t forget to attend all of your doctor’s appointments, keep track of your bills, and to follow through with your doctor’s treatment. Missing out on treatments or appointments can give the insurer a reason to deny your claim.
- Preserve evidence.
Another component to your claim is the evidence. Remember to take pictures of your accident, the scene, witness information, and any other evidence related to your case. In some cases, such as slip and fall cases, you may need to obtain video surveillance.
- File your claim immediately.
Personal injury claims have time limits that usually start from the date of the injury. In New York, you have three years from the date of the accident to take your case to court. If three years goes by and you don’t file a claim, you may lose your right to seek compensation.
- Disclose all preexisting injuries.
Usually preexisting injuries will not bar a person from recovering compensation. It is always a good idea to be honest about your past accidents and injuries. If the accident aggravated your past injuries, you may still be able to recover compensation.
- Stay off of social media.
The worst thing you can do for your case is post on social media that you are fine or post pictures of you partying when you should be recovering from your injuries. Defense lawyers will usually do a social media search to find anything they can use against you.
- Hire an experienced personal injury attorney.
A personal injury lawyer is trained to evaluate claims and to negotiate with insurers for the highest compensation possible. Your attorney can tell you how the law works and walk you through the process. Your attorney can also tell you whether an insurer’s offer is fair or if you can negotiate for a higher settlement.
If your case goes to court, it is essential that you have an attorney who is skilled at litigating and comfortable in the courtroom.Having someone who is experienced and knowledgeable representing you can mean the difference between a low settlement or a high settlement.
Work with Experienced Injury Advocates
At Foley Griffin, LLP, we can represent clients in a wide range of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, pedestrian accidents, and more. Put a team of trial-tested injury attorneys who bring decades of combined experience to your case. We have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients and we are ready to help you next. Start with a free initial consultation to discuss your options and what your case may be worth.