After you’ve scheduled your free consultation, you should bring a few things with you to your meeting so we can get a head start on your case, including:
- Any medical documents given to you at the emergency room or doctor’s office
- Documents given to you by police at the scene of the accident
- Any photos or videos you took as evidence
- All the information you have about the parties involved in your accident
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses
- The at-fault party’s insurance information and your insurance information
- A list of questions you may have for us
- Anything else you feel might be relevant to your case
In most cases, you have three years from the date of your car accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Should you try to pursue a lawsuit after this deadline has passed, your case will likely be dismissed. However, if you have any questions, you should contact an attorney and request a consultation right away.
You should always get a copy of your accident report, but in most cases, it is not required to file a claim with your insurance company. Keep in mind an official police report is a valuable piece of evidence that can be used to prove fault in a car accident.
Insurance companies often deny injured people’s claims, which is why hiring an experienced car accident lawyer can help level the playing field. If you believe you have a valid claim, an attorney can help you get the financial compensation you’re entitled to.
Each insurance company is different, but you have rights when you file a claim. Your insurance company is legally required to give you a timely and clear explanation of their coverage decision and a clear explanation as to how they’ll pay your claim. They’re also required to respond to your questions promptly and release payments to you in an appropriate amount of time once a settlement is reached.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury in an accident caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation from the at-fault party’s insurance company to pay for your damages. Unfortunately, a lot of insurance companies give injury victims a hard time.
They’ll make lowball settlement offers and question the extent of your injuries—all in an effort to pay you as little as possible so they can line their own pockets.
A personal injury lawyer can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and demand fair compensation. If they refuse to cooperate, an attorney can help you pursue a lawsuit in court. Attorney Zach Herschensohn is a skilled negotiator and accomplished trial attorney who will advocate for you and fight for your best interests so you can focus on recuperating.