Opening a car accident claim is the start of your medical care for this car accident. After treating thousands of patients who have been injured in car accidents, one of the most common things I hear is, "my insurance company will protect me, I have been a loyal customer for years."
Unfortunately, your own insurance company has one goal: save themselves money by paying the smallest amount they can pay on any claim, even if another insurance company is responsible for the bills. The insurance company is loyal only to the financial bottom line, not to you personally, even if you have been a loyal customer for 25 years.
Why am I talking about an attorney now? Aren't we talking about the car accident claims process? Seems off topic I realize. However, an attorney sometimes needs to be brought in at the beginning, soon after your car accident. Sometimes the injury is so serious, or your insurance company, or the company for the driver that hit you is so aggressive, that even if you followed every tip I could give you, you need the protection an attorney can bring.
The reason for this entire site is to help people manage their claims, get help if they have been injured, and not get taken advantage of by ruthless insurance companies. After a car accident, you have enough to worry about.
If you were not at fault in your accident, and you were injured, it is my experience that an attorney will be an essential member of your team. You can bring an attorney on at the beginning, middle or towards the end of your claim, your choice. Just remember: talking to an attorney is free for the first consultation, and this consultation can help you know if an attorney can help.
Most importantly, talking to an attorney does not mean you are suing the other driver. It is incredibly rare for an attorney to ever sue the driver who hit you. Your attorney can protect you and reach a settlement in most cases without ever filing a lawsuit!
I have written these tips to try to help you have the smoothest and least stressful experience you can have with your claim, these tips are based on years of experience treating patients and working with the insurance companies for those patients.
I know not all of these will apply to every accident. These are the 10 tips I think will help with most car accident claims.
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