Maryland Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can result in serious, life-altering injuries that can last for a lifetime. Maryland lawyer Andrew Hoverman explains what to do after a car accident and what to expect after the accident.
What To Do After a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident can be a stressful, even shocking, experience. That being said, there are steps you can take to ensure the well being of yourself and the well being of other people involved.
The most important thing to do after an auto accident is to seek medical treatment immediately. If you feel "fine" after an auto accident, you should still seek medical treatment. It is common with car accidents for a person to feel like nothing is wrong, but have symptoms show up later. The reasons for this range from a person's pain tolerance to andrenaline. The bottom line is, if you are involved in a car accident you should seek medical treatment immediately.
The next step to take after an auto accident is to take detailed notes and photographs of the accident and any of your injuries. It is best to over document rather than under document the events around the car accident. If possible, you should also try to get the names and contact information for anyone involved in the accident or who witnessed what happened.
Car accident cases, unlike the accident itself, take a long time to resolve completely. Many weeks and months after the accident, you will need to keep a journal that includes notes about your injuries, rehabilitation, and correspondence with medical professionals. Include any bills, receipts, and travel expenses for your treatment. By keeping a journal, there is a benefit of documenting the experience you had after the car accident and can help in the settlement of your car accident claim.
Liability for the Accident
No matter how clear the liability of a car accident might be, the insurance company will use their resources to launch an investigation to try and prove that you were at least partially at fault for the damage in order to avoid paying your claims. It is important to know that you do not have to participate in any part of an insurance company's investigation. In fact, hiring a lawyer prevents the adjuster from harassing you during your recovery. A lawyer can also be helpful by launching an investigation to prove who is truly at fault for the accident.
Compensation for Car Accidents
How do you value a car accident? Insurance companies utilize computer programs and have researched how certain injuries are valued. Insurance companies, and their adjusters, will use these programs and research to come up with a value for their case. Insurance companies are also aware of the misconception that car accident claims consist of past and present medical costs. What may seem like a fair valuation of your case may be a carefully calculated low-ball offer to settle a case. Damages for a car accident an include compensation for lost wages, loss of consortium, disability, and any other costs incurred due to a car accident. It can be very beneficial for someone injured in a car accident to consult with a car accident attorney, so their interests are protected and fairly valued.
Call to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Car Accident Lawyer
A car accident can result in permanent and serious injuries that can impact you for the rest of your life. If you or someone that you know has been injured in a car accident in Maryland, let our experienced attorneys at the Law Office of Andrew Hoverman, LLC help. Call the office or contact us today for a free and confidential consultation of your case.