Frequently Asked Questions

Do I really need an attorney?

Probably.  The answer depends on the specific facts of your case.  Some small cases can be effectively handled on your own.  However, you should not assume this will be the case based only on your injuries or the friendliness of the insurance adjuster at first.  There may be important steps that need to be taken in a timely manner in order to preserve your claims - like preserving evidence.  In addition, you may not have the information you need to properly evaluate  filing deadlines and health insurance reimbursement claims, for example, which will affect your case in general and whether you receive full compensation for your injury.  Just like hiring an experienced electrician or handyman for a home repair, although you can piece together basic information on your own, only an experienced personal injury attorney can make sure you understand all of your rights and obligations in an injury claim. 

I'm hurt, but I don't have health insurance. How will I afford treatment?

This is a common question.  Even our clients who have health insurance sometimes struggle to afford co-pays or a large deductible. You may have several options, depending on your injuries and the treatment you need. If you need help obtaining the medical treatment you need, we can direct you to the appropriate resources. Lack of insurance or money should not prevent you from fully recovering from your injuries 

What should I do after a collision?

It is impossible to truly prepare for the moments immediately after a serious collision.  But knowing what to do ahead of time can make a big difference.  

First, you should check to be sure everyone in your vehicle and others involved are okay.  Report any injuries right away - even if they don't appear to be life-threatening.  Inform the 911 operator and any other emergency responders of  pain you and others are experiencing. 

Next, it is important to inform your insurance company as soon as its safe to do so.  Your insurance contract may contain a requirement that you notify your carrier of any incident - whether you believe you are "at fault" or not - in a timely manner. Simply notify your insurer of an incident and then speak to an attorney before providing a statement.

Finally, make sure you also begin to obtain evidence as soon as its safe to do so. Try to get the names of people involved in the collision, as well as the names of witnesses or others who stop to help.    It won't be possible or practical to thoroughly document the scene at this point, but once vehicles are moved information begins to be lost.

Once you've received emergency medical treatment, you may want to contact a personal injury attorney who can explain any additional steps you need to take to gather evidence, receive medical treatment, and preserve your claims.