FAQs If You've Been Injured in an Accident

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Being injured in an accident can be one of the most upsetting and confusing times of your life.  You will probably first feel anger towards the person who injured you.  You will feel victimized due to that other driver's negligence.  Next, you will probably feel very frustrated when you have to begin to deal with the insurance companies.   Dealing with insurance companies can be a very stressful experience.  The adjustors will usually sound very nice and caring but in your gut you know that they don't have your best interests at heart.  You know that they work for a company which has the number one goal of making profits.  Making big profits requires them to payout the least amount possible for injury claims.  After dealing with the insurance adjustor you'll probably have the feeling that you need a lawyer, but that may just bring on more stress.  How do you know which lawyer to hire?  Will the lawyer just try to take advantage of you just like the insurance company will?  

When it comes to hiring a lawyer, there is no "one size fits all answer".  The bottom line is that you want to hire a lawyer that you feel comfortable with.  It may be a lawyer in a big law firm or the lawyer may be a sole practitioner.  What matters is that you feel comfortable with him/her.  Most auto accident lawyers offer free consultations.  You should feel free to call as many lawyers as you like in order to see who you may feel comfortable with.  Not only will you want to find an injury lawyer who has experience and knows what he/she is doing, but you will also want to hire a lawyer that you are comfortable talking with.  You won't want to deal with a lawyer for years if you don't like calling him/her or being around him/her.  

Most injury lawyers charge on contingency.  This means that they don't get paid until they win your case.  This is one of the obviously reasons why you should trust your lawyer.  He/she basically has the same goal as you: get as big of a settlement as possible and as soon as possible.  Insurance companies have the opposite goal is you, their goal is: pay out as small of a settlement as possible and put it off as long as possible.  Just applying common sense logic, you should know that you should be able to trust your injury lawyer and not trust the insurance adjustors.  

When you've been injured in a car accident you should get as much treatment as possible.  There are two reasons for this:  First, by receiving a lot of treatment you will heal as quickly and completely as possible.  Second, the medical records in your case is the evidence.  The medical records will be read by the insurance adjustors, defense lawyers, and possibly even the jury.  If you are injured than you need to have a medical professional document your injuries.  After the accident you should be treated at the scene by ambulance personnel.  Next, you should have the ambulance take you to the hospital.  After you receive treatment at the emergency room, you should receive followup treatment with a doctor.  The doctor should refer you to followup treatment such as physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, or massage therapy.  If your injuries are serious, than you should be referred to a specialist and possibly a surgeon.