You thought the crosswalk was a safe place to be. That is, until you got hit by a car while you were crossing the street. You might be surprised to find out that roughly 70,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2010 alone. Now that you're injured, you're going to need medical care, as well as compensation for your losses. Here are three things you need to remember in order to receive the compensation you're entitled to.
Talk To Your Attorney before Discussing Your Case
While you're recovering from your injuries, it's important that you do everything you can to protect your rights to a fair settlement. The insurance company may try to get you to say something that will jeopardize your claim. For instance, they may try to get you to admit fault. They may also attempt to diminish the extent of your injuries. For these reasons, you should speak to your attorney before communicating with anyone regarding the accident. In fact, once you hire an attorney, you should forward any questions to them.
Be Patient with the Settlement
When it comes to your settlement, the insurance company knows you need the money. Because of that, they might try to hurry a settlement. This is particularly true if you've been severely injured. If your injuries may take a long time to heal, or you're going to be left with permanent disabilities, it's in your best interest to be patient with the settlement talks.
Taking your time with the settlement talks will allow your attorney the opportunity to fight for any durable medical goods you may need throughout your life, as well as adequate monetary compensation for your pain and suffering.
Finish All Your Medical Treatment
You may be tempted to end your medical treatment before your doctors recommend it. There are a couple of reasons this is a bad idea. First, it could potentially prevent your doctors from identifying additional medical issues. Second, the insurance company can use that against you when it comes time to negotiate your settlement. If you've been prescribed treatment for your injuries, be sure to follow through with the orders.
If you've been injured in an accident that wasn't your fault, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Don't try to deal with the insurance company on your own. Your attorney (like Kornfeld Robert B Inc PS) will ensure you receive the medical care and monetary settlement you're entitled to.