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What To Do After A Car Accident

When you’ve been involved in an accident, an overwhelming number of questions flash through your mind. How will I pay for the damage? Will I be able to work while these injuries heal? How will my family recover from the trauma?

At Edelman, Krasin & Jaye, PLLC, we use our decades of experience in personal injury law to help you find answers to these questions. We’ve compiled a few of the most frequently asked questions we encounter in our practice and provided answers below.

Should I see a doctor after a crash?

Yes, it’s very important to see a doctor and get documentation that connects your injuries to the accident. Even if you think you aren’t hurt, you should seek medical attention after an accident because you may have injuries that aren’t obvious right away. Delays in seeking treatment could give insurance companies an opportunity to try to contest otherwise valid claims.

My insurance company wants to settle my case. What should I do?

Ideally, you should never talk with an insurance company before speaking with an attorney. Your attorney can then handle any discussions/negotiations with the insurer or its adjusters. Remember, insurance companies are trying to make money. They want to settle your claim quickly and at a low cost to them.

If you have already talked to your insurance company, don’t accept the first settlement amount it offers. Chances are it is not fully compensating you for your injuries or property damage. Having an attorney review your case ensures that you get the compensation you deserve.

Why is it necessary to have an attorney handle my case?

Insurance companies devote substantial resources to protecting their bottom lines. They have teams of lawyers working for them; you need someone who can do the same for you. If your case cannot be settled, you must be able to show the insurance company that you’re willing to take your case to court to get fair value. Without having an attorney to work your case from the beginning, you could be at a severe disadvantage as things move forward.

Contact Our Firm To Learn More

Our firm has extensive experience helping people recover from motor vehicle accidents in New York. To learn more about how we can help, call our Westbury office at 800-469-7429 or contact us through our website.