Car Accident Question And Answer
Q: If I was in a rear-end collision as the driver and another driver collided with my car from behind, is it possible to settle without a car accident lawyer? What should I do after a car accident?
A: Insurance companies are motivated to avoid settling for any significant amount of money, even if it means going to trial. Conservative insurance companies are especially known for this strategy. Working with an Arizona car accident lawyer is your best chance at obtaining a reasonable settlement since the insurance company will never want to offer you a fair settlement without representation. Hiring a lawyer costs nothing to you as the plaintiff until you have a successful settlement in hand.
Reputable law firms will not take on a case if they are unable to obtain a settlement better than the one the client could obtain on their own. For this reason, there is no risk to you in seeking representation for your insurance claim. A lawyer can deal with the insurance company and prevent you from having to experience many of the intimidation and frustration tactics they use when dealing with claimants.
On the other hand, trying to manage an insurance claim on your own and then seeking representation can damage your case. Many lawyers will not work with clients who have represented themselves in the past since they may have unknowingly made damaging statements during insurer interviews and discussions.
Q: I was involved in an accident and now I have headaches, lower back pain and symptoms of whiplash. What should I do?
A: The most important step to take after being involved in an accident is to seek medical treatment. Even if you feel fine after being involved in a car accident, a trip to the emergency room or doctor’s office not only ensures that there are no hidden injuries but establishes a history of care as well. The insurance company will do all it can to deny that your injuries are as severe as you claim, and failing to seek treatment as soon as possible helps bolster this argument.
Once you have established a history of medical treatment for your injuries, continue to seek care and follow all of the recommendations made by your medical team. If your doctor tells you not to lift heavy objects and your claim is based on your inability to do so at work, carrying groceries in from your car can put your claim in jeopardy. Failing to monitor a prescribed treatment program also suggests to insurers that your injuries are not as severe as you say they are and do not require significant compensation. A car accident lawyer can help you represent your injury claims in an accurate and consistent way that does not harm your case. Contact Cantor Crane at (602) 254-2701 for legal representation today.