Guidance From a Veteran Personal Injury Lawyer
Daniel O’Neill at the Law Office of Daniel J. O’Neill has more than 35 years of experience getting results for the victims of accidents. He will listen carefully and compassionately to your concerns, help you understand your legal options, and pursue full and fair compensation for your injuries.
If you are not sure what to do after an accident, contact us at our office in San Luis Obispo.
After An Accident, Here’s What You Should Do:
It is crucial that you seek medical help immediately after you have been in an accident, and equally important that you share the full extent of your injuries and symptoms with your doctor. Follow your doctor’s advice regarding your ongoing medical care and follow-up evaluations, and continue to let your doctor know about any symptoms that may develop, even if you are uncertain if they are related to the accident. Symptoms may not appear immediately.
If you are able, you should take photos of your injuries and your damaged property. Under California law, property damage can be resolved separately from a personal injury claim. Documentation of your injuries and other damages is of great importance. Start a file and keep receipts and bills, and obtain a copy of the police report, your medical records and repair estimates. It is important that you provide this information, including a copy of your declaration of insurance coverage, to your attorney at your first meeting.
Soon after you have been in an accident, the insurance carrier will call you to take a recorded statement. He or she must ask your permission, as it is illegal to record a conversation without permission. You are not required to give a recorded statement. It is also not generally in your best interest to talk to the representative before talking to a car accident attorney skilled and experienced at working with insurance companies. Whatever you do, do not try to resolve the case or negotiate with the insurance company on your own.
It is important that you speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, as personal injury claims are subject to a time limit in which they can be filed, which generally varies from six months to three years according to the kind of injury suffered, when it was discovered, when it was injured and who caused the injury.
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