If you are ever in an auto accident, the first thing you need to do is make sure that no one requires medical attention. Even if you or someone else is sore, has minor cuts, or pain, it is still worthwhile to have the 911 operator dispatch an ambulance. Some injuries could be more serious than what they appear. You or another person may have internal injuries which are not noticeable right away. After you have received medical treatment, filed police reports, and contacted your insurance company, the next thing you should do is consult with an auto accident lawyer. Law firms like ours offer free consultations, so there is no money out of your pocket just to sit down and see if you potentially have grounds for a personal injury claim against the other party.
A personal injury claim can be filed through your auto accident lawyer in cases where you were not responsible for the accident. The reason to file a claim is to ensure that all related medical expenses, lost wages from work, and other items are reimbursed. Your insurance company may take care of paying for part of the medical expenses and the other person’s insurance covering the rest. However, your injuries could be more extensive where problems develop in the future, or you might be entitled to a larger amount of money. By having an attorney represent your interests, you are able to make sure you are receiving everything you are entitled to by law.