Important First Steps After A Car Accident
After a car accident, it’s important to protect your rights and interests in any interactions with insurance companies or their representatives. Since most insurance companies have their own investigative teams and experts, it’s important to work with a lawyer who can initiate an investigation, collect evidence, and interview eyewitnesses on your behalf.
Additionally, insurance companies are interested in minimizing the amount they have to pay in accident claims. As a result, many employ cost-reduction programs and training for claims adjusters that encourage agents to settle claims as soon as possible after an accident. Since it can take months for the full impact of a head, neck, or back injury to be known, convincing an injury victim to accept a settlement avoids having to go to trial and pay more once medical economists and life care planners get involved.
At the law office of Zuba & Associates, P.C., in Rockford, we protect our clients’ rights and interests from the moment we are hired and begin our investigation into an accident. Any and all communication between you and an insurer will first go through our office, ensuring any settlement offers or requests for information are fully reviewed by our attorneys.
Before You Agree To Sign A Statement Or Accept A Settlement
Whatever you say to an insurance agent, or an attorney representing an insurance company, can be used against you later at trial. If a claims adjuster contacts you in order to “get your version of events,” he or she may be looking for information to exploit in order to reduce or minimize the liability of their client. An insurance agent may claim you need to release your medical records so they can determine a settlement offer. However, if you release your medical records, a doctor working for the insurance company may claim the severity or nature of your injuries were due to a pre-existing condition or are not as serious as initially claimed.
Contact Car Accident Attorneys at Zuba & Associates, P.C.
There are a number of strategies insurance companies use to avoid having to pay a level of compensation most car accident victims require to meet medical costs, recover lost wages, and pay for pain and suffering. We have the knowledge and resources needed to defend your rights and interests.
To discuss your case, call 815-397-7000 or use our online contact form today. You will only pay an attorney fee if we obtain a recovery for you.