Car accidents can be very scary situations. However, dealing with the aftermath of a car accident that was not your fault can make the situation even worse. Filing a personal injury claim is difficult and confusing, but the right attorney can make things a whole lot easier. If you were injured in a car accident, take the following steps to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Collect All Information and Notify the Police
Immediately after an accident occurs, call the police. After police have been called, collect all insurance and contact information from the other driver. If you are unable to conduct this task, ensure it is being taken care of by police or witnesses.
If you have been injured, be sure to seek medical treatment. Personal Injury Protection (PIP)/no fault insurance is generally required and available under most vehicle insurance policies, thus it will pay for your medical care and/or lost wages. This may cover up to 30k in North Dakota and 40 k in Minnesota (20k in medical care and 20 k for lost wages).
Get in Contact with a Lawyer
Hiring an attorney is the next step in any personal injury case. Before you speak to the other driver’s insurance company, contact an attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected. Oftentimes, insurance companies will attempt to settle by offering money to avoid getting lawyers involved. If you accept the insurance company’s offer, you may not be getting the compensation you truly deserve for you injuries.
Let Us Do the Work
At O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, our attorneys will handle all communication with the other driver’s insurance company so you have peace of mind when it comes to your legal rights. We will ensure you get the compensation you deserve when it comes to your personal injury claim.
Will I Have to Attend Court?
Depending on the case, you may not have to attend court at all. In fact, most personal injury cases are settled before a lawsuit is filed. However, all cases are different and some personal injury cases are easier to settle than others.
If you have been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will not stop working for you until you are satisfied with the outcome of your personal injury case.
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