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You’ve been in an automobile accident. Now what? Personal injury law first steps.

On Behalf of | May 6, 2019 | Firm News

Created: 06 May 2019

While Mahoney Law’s legal team strives to promote safe driving, you may find yourself having been in a car crash and having suffered a personal injury ranging from minor, to moderate, to very severe.  The first thing we encourage prospective personal injury clients to do is to focus on getting medically better – attend to your health and wellbeing first, it’s the most important thing.  Attend your doctors’ appointments, follow their advice, and follow through with the care and treatment plan.  Second, report the automobile collision to both your insurance company and the insurance company of the opposing driver. Even if you are unsure of what your insurance coverage is, the best thing is to report it.  If the at fault driver who hit you does not have insurance, you still should report it to your own insurance company because you may have under-insured or uninsured motorist coverage.  There also may be medical payments coverage through the automobile insurance as well.  And, report the matter to your health insurance if you are fortunate enough to have health insurance.  Who is responsible for paying what in terms of medical bills will get sorted out.  You may also have rental car coverage to help with a vehicle.  The property damage aspect is usually taken care of fairly promptly by the insurance companies’ property damage departments, but you may need to call and remind them to move along your claim for vehicle repair or replacement.  Third, if you are uncertain on how to proceed from a legal standpoint, particularly as to damages for future medicals and past and future pain and suffering, research and hire a top personal injury lawyer.  A good personal injury attorney will help you navigate the liability (fault) issues, the nature of your injuries, and the damages side of things, and help you either settle the personal injury claim for a monetary amount, or proceed with litigation in court if the other side refuses to fairly compensate you through its insurance.  There are time-deadlines that apply to personal injury cases, so do not delay in consulting legal counsel.