If you have been in a car crash in Hollywood or anywhere in Florida, you will want to make your car claim as strong as possible. Even if you’re not sure whether you want to pursue a legal claim or civil claim, keep in mind that there are steps you need to take now to ensure that if you do decide to file a claim your case will be strong.
To improve your chances of getting fair compensation, make sure that you:
1) Take pictures and get other evidence at the scene of the crash.
Take as many pictures as you can, from various angles and distances. If you’re rushed to the hospital and cannot do this yourself, consider getting a friend or family member to take some photos for you. Get contact information from witnesses at the scene. The more information you can gather about the scene of the accident, the better. Remember that the insurance company will often send out someone immediately to gather evidence. You want to make sure that you have your own evidence to present as well.
2) Get immediate medical attention – and continue seeking help.
Don’t take your health lightly. Even if you’re not sure you have been injured, play it safe and get immediate medical assistance and an evaluation. Keep in mind that if you have hit your head you may have a concussion, even if you feel perfectly fine. Getting a full medical checkup is important for two reasons: it can help you get medical treatment if there is something wrong, and it helps ensure that there is documentation linking the crash to your health problems if you are in fact injured.
3) Keep careful records of everything.
Keep copies of the police report, all receipts after your collision, medical records, and any other information you can. Take photos of your injuries, bruises, and anything else that is relevant. Keep a journal listing your symptoms, expenses, and experiences as you start to heal. The more information you have, the easier it will be for an attorney to build a strong case for you.
4) Talk to an attorney as soon as possible after your collision.
Do not hesitate in contacting a Hollywood injury attorney. In fact, you may wish to speak with an attorney before you contact your insurance company. An attorney can advise you on the things you should and shouldn’t say in order to protect yourself legally and in order to build the strongest case possible. Keep in mind that once you accept insurance money, you may be signing away your rights to seek further compensation. Don’t sign anything until you speak to a personal injury lawyer.
5) Practice a little patience.
One of the advantages of getting insurance money rather than seeking a civil claim is that insurance companies will offer payment almost right away. However, with a little patience you may be able to get fairer compensation that covers more of your medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs. Speak to an attorney about what you can realistically recover for your injuries and consider waiting for this fair amount. In the long run, you may decide that this is better for your finances overall.
If you are ready to start building a strong case and would like advice about whether filing a legal claim may be right for you, contact Flaxman Law Group. The attorneys at our South Florida law firm can review your situation with you and can offer practical, actionable advice about what you can do to recover compensation for your injuries.