5 Steps to Take after a Car Accident in Hartford County
If someone else causes a car accident and you suffer injuries, the law provides you the right to hold the at-fault party liable for your losses. However, you do not receive compensation automatically, as you will need to file an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit in Hartford County civil court. Following your accident, there are steps you can take to preserve your rights and help your claim. If you have questions specific to your situation, feel free to contact our office to discuss.
1. Call 911
After a crash, you might wonder if you need to call 911. If anyone has serious injuries, call for emergency responders immediately. Even if you might not have emergency-level injuries, you can benefit from police officers arriving at the scene. They can create an official report and cite or arrest drivers who violated the law, which can help a future injury claim against that driver.
2. Get a Diagnosis
Whether you need ambulance transportation or take yourself to the emergency room, getting a quick diagnosis of your injuries is critical. This allows you to begin treatment right away and also creates medical records that connect your injuries to the accident.
3. Follow Your Treatment Plan
If your doctors give you a treatment plan, you should follow it to the letter. If you fail to complete your treatment, insurance companies can doubt the severity of your injuries and try to limit your financial recovery. Keeping up with treatment also helps to minimize complications and encourage a full recovery whenever possible.
4. Do Not Accept a Settlement
A representative of the at-fault driver’s insurer will likely reach out soon after the accident. If they do, use caution in what you say. Avoid giving them detailed information about your injuries or the accident until you have legal representation. Even small comments can be used against your claim.
The adjuster might also make an immediate settlement offer that covers your emergency expenses. Never accept this offer, as it is likely much lower than you deserve. You should know the full value of your past and future losses before you accept anything. If you accept an offer that is too low, you give up the right to seek more later on.
5. Seek Legal Representation from a Hartford Car Accident Lawyer
If you want to know your options following a car accident, never wait to reach out to an experienced attorney for a consultation. We can advise you whether you have a valid claim and handle every step of the legal process. We take care of all insurance communications and negotiations, and we can assess how much you need for your past and future losses. If an insurance company does not make a fair offer, we can initiate a lawsuit in Hartford County court and litigate your claim.
Our team at Berman & Russo is ready to assist you, so please contact us for a free consultation to learn more today.