Take action to protect your legal rights — and your right to compensation.
Accidents happen every day. People slip and fall on wet floors at the grocery store, get into car crashes, are bitten by a neighbor’s dog, or are hurt in bus accidents. In some cases, the person or organization who caused their injuries takes full responsibility right away, and they are offered compensation that truly meets their needs. Unfortunately, this seems to be the exception to the rule. In most cases, people who get hurt in an accident are not offered the money they need to get their lives back on track — unless they have someone on their side willing to fight for them.
One of the most important things you can do after an accident (after seeking medical treatment, of course) is to call an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A lawyer is bound by the code of professional ethics and responsibility to represent and advocate for your best interests.
In a personal injury case, as with any other legal matter, evidence can be destroyed and memories can fade. Contacting a lawyer can help make sure that this critical evidence is preserved, and that witness statements are taken so that your case is not sunk by people forgetting what they saw a year or two down the road.
In addition, calling a personal injury attorney right away can help protect your legal rights. An insurance company is not on your side. They will do what they can to minimize your claim for damages. Insurance adjusters will typically try to take your recorded statement immediately after the accident, often while you are still injured and before you have had a chance to consult with a lawyer. This can put you at a serious disadvantage, as you may have no experience with the law and probably do not know your legal rights. Insurance adjusters are professionals who know how to get statements from accident victims that help their employers — the insurance companies — get favorable results for them. By contacting a personal injury attorney right away, you can avoid giving a statement without having legal representation, and be protected if and when you do decide to speak to the other side’s adjuster.
The adjuster may also attempt to get you to sign a settlement and release for an amount that may seem high to you — but in reality, won’t come close to paying for all of your expenses related to the accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate settlement offers for you, and advise you of your legal rights and options. Having a lawyer by your side from the start can help you avoid getting trapped into a low offer and giving up your legal rights.
At the Law Offices of Larry H. Parker, we represent people who have been hurt in all types of accidents. We work with you to make sure you get the money you deserve for your injuries, and we never charge a fee unless we recover money for you. Contact us today at 800-333-0000 or firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation.