Borough Park Car Accident Lawyer
Before your car accident, you led a full life. You went to work, enjoyed activities with your family with no issues of mobility or disability. Now, because of the negligence of another driver, you are in pain, do not know when or if you can go back to work, and many normal activities are out of the question. In addition, medical bills are skyrocketing, and you are not sure how to pay the rent or mortgage. You need an advocate to hold the person responsible for your injuries accountable.
A Borough Park personal injury lawyer at Douglas and London can help you receive the maximum compensation. Over the past 20 years, our dedicated attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion in settlements and verdicts for clients.
What to do after a car accident
The minutes following a car accident are often confusing. Perhaps your injuries preclude you from doing anything right after the crash, but if possible, taking the following steps can preserve evidence and aid your case:
- Use your smartphone to photograph or video the accident scene.
- Get the insurance information and contact information of the driver.
- Get the contact information of any witnesses.
- Write down or record your recollection of the accident immediately.
- Photograph your injuries.
- Do not admit to any fault for the collision.
Go to the emergency room or an urgent care center right away, even if you do not initially think you were injured. Some car accident injuries, including whiplash, may not become apparent for a day or so. Failure to seek prompt medical care may encourage the insurance company to allege your injuries are not that serious. After receiving medical care and a diagnosis, make sure to follow doctor’s orders and attend physical therapy or undergo other recommended treatment. If you do not follow the medical instructions given, you could harm your case with the insurance company.
What not to do after a car accident
Expect the insurance company to contact you soon after the accident. Do not make a statement to the insurers until you consult a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible in claims, and any statement you make might be used against you. Never agree to a settlement before obtaining legal advice, even if the amount sounds reasonable. An attorney knows the fair amount of a settlement for the type of injuries suffered as well as the client’s prognosis and long-term needs. What sounds like a “reasonable” settlement to a layperson could prove inadequate for your circumstances.
Although the statute of limitations in New York for filing a personal injury lawsuit is three years, do not wait before seeking legal advice. The sooner an investigation begins, the more likely evidence is readily available.
Contact Borough Park car accident lawyers
If you or a loved one were the victims of a serious injury caused by a reckless or negligent driver, you need the services of an experienced New York car accident attorney at Douglas and London. Call us today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. We will review your case and advise you of your options. There is never a fee unless we win.