First Steps Following a Personal Injury Accident

Personal injury situations are terrifying, it is however, critically important to keep calm and make the right decisions. The decisions you choose to make following a personal injury event can affect the amount of compensation that you will receive upon following through with your personal injury claim.

  • Get medical attention
  • Keep all of your records, photos, and keep detailed notes
  • Following up and pursuing your injury claim

Get Medical Help!

The first thing to consider after you have been injured, even if you are feeling okay is to seek medical attention. It is good for peace of mind to know the status of your condition and also this will add weight to your personal injury claim. It is very difficult to prove that injuries were a result of a specific event without the review of a licensed physician.

Keep All of Your Records, Photos and Keep Detailed Notes

By keeping all of your records, photos, and notes you will not only be in control of the situation but you will also be able to arm your personal injury attorney with the tools he needs to peruse your injury claim. This will give you the best opportunity to receive the largest amount of compensation available.
Keep notes regarding all of your injury care; Doctors records, Chiropractors logs, Physical Therapist appointments, and any other professionals that you were referred to that are relevant to your personal injury case.

To add more weight, and to help fight for your compensation, do the following:

  • Keep all notes and records regarding the accident.
  • Take photos at the scene of the accident and try to include photos of the surrounding area including road signs, traffic lights, etc.
  • Keep records of financial expenses, monetary losses, financial damages, lost opportunities, lost wages, etc.

Following up and pursuing your injury claim

Lastly, it is critically important to file your claim as soon as possible preceding the personal injury event. Each state defines a statute of limitations for which your personal injury lawyer must adhere to. Once this statute is exceeded there is nothing else your personal injury attorney can do to help you collect your compensation. The best thing to do is get in contact with a professional Injury Attorney as soon as possible.

CALL JOHN MOONEY TODAY!

John is South Florida’s leading injury lawyer for car accident, truck accident, dog bite, and slip and fall personal injury cases.

With our proven record of success, our personal injury attorneys represent the very best in the personal injury industry. Call (954) 449-2671 today to get John on the case!

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The Truth About Insurance Companies – Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Attorney

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We have heard them all:  State Farm is like a good neighbor; Allstate wants you to think you are in good hands; and Nationwide wants you to believe they are on your side.  State Farm in reality makes a terrible neighbor, and you are definitely not in good hands with Allstate.  Let’s face it, regardless of all the persuasive advertisements out there, insurance companies are in business for one reason, and that it to make a profit!  This means a company needs to take in more money in premiums than it pays out in losses.  We all know they work hard to take in a lot of premiums by getting you to switch to their companies but what most consumers don’t realize until it is too late is that they work just as hard to not pay out in benefits even when they are supposed to.  This is when a great car accident attorney can make all the difference.

If you are in an accident and it is your fault, your insurance company should protect you by paying the other person.  You pay for property damage coverage (this pays for damage to the other person’s car or the value of the car if totaled).  Your insurance has the obligation to pay for these damages in full up to the amount of limit you may have. If they fail to pay or do not pay properly, you are the one that gets sued! Not them!  It is the same if you injure someone in an accident.  If you are found to be at fault for the accident, (normally determined by the investigating officer on the scene) and the other party is injured, your insurance company has promised to pay them for their injuries.  If they fail to do so or fail to do so properly, again, you get sued, not the insurance carrier.

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If you are not at fault for the accident, you may have to rely on your car insurance to repair your car, or pay you for it if it is totaled.  This should also include getting a rental car while your car is being assessed or repaired.  This process alone can be daunting; often time neither insurance company wants to accept liability (fault) for the accident even when the evidence is clear.  Insurance companies use tactics like delay and making you put out money up front to discourage you and ultimately persuade you to accept less monies than you deserve.  Don’t let them get away with this!  Hire a competent qualified attorney to fight on your side! At the law offices of John D. Mooney PA, we help you with every step of the process from getting a rental car, to getting you the amount you deserve for your injuries.  You never ever pay money up front; in fact, you never pay money out of your pocket at all, whatsoever.  We only get paid if we recover money for your injuries.

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