File A Car Accident Claim The Right Way

Enlist The Help Of An Experienced Attorney

One important way to ensure your rights are protected after being involved in a car accident in New York City or its surrounding areas is to make a phone call to an experienced personal injury lawyer. At the New York City Law Office Of Gregory Sheindlin, PLLC, I fight for the rights of accident victims and help them avoid the problems and delays associated with the personal injury claims process.

Throughout my more than two decades of practice, I have seen far too many cases where early mistakes by injury survivors harmed their ability to enforce their rights and maximize their compensation. Here are five mistakes to avoid in the hours and days following a motor vehicle accident in the NYC area.

Don't Speak To The Other Insurance Company

If the other driver's insurance company gets in touch with you, it is generally to protect their insurance company and not help you. Too often, I have seen the insurance company "misreport" the information provided and use any information it obtains to build a case against compensating you for your medical losses, pain and suffering, lost earnings and other damages. Let your lawyer communicate on your behalf at the appropriate time and there will be little chance that anyone will dispute or "misreport" the information provided.

Don't Sign Anything

The insurance company may try to get you to sign documents. Don't do it unless you have an attorney who has reviewed the documents and given you the okay.

Don't Skip Seeing A Doctor

Many people skip seeing a doctor after an accident because it is inconvenient or they want to "tough it out." It is important to see a doctor because, too often, people are more injured than they realize. It is also crucial to see a doctor early on to establish a record of medical complaints in the event your symptoms worsen in the future.

Don't Settle

Any settlement offer made to you in the early going is usually in the best interest of the insurance company, not you. Do not accept any settlement offer that has not been reviewed or negotiated by your attorney.

Don't Fail To Contact An Attorney

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have an experienced advocate looking out for your interests. The insurance company knows how important this is and will surely be assisted by its own team of lawyers who are focused on limiting your compensation. Contact my Manhattan office online or by calling 212-256-9729 today to schedule a free initial consultation.