Englewood Cliffs Personal Injury Attorneys
You never expect to be hurt in an accident. Following an accident and injury, however, knowing what you can do to protect a potential personal injury case can be critical to preserving your rights to compensation and to setting your claim up for the best possible outcome.
To empower injured people in these circumstances, we have shared some essential tips (below) for protecting a personal injury claim.
While these tips are generally helpful to anyone who has been hurt in a car wreck, an accident caused by a dangerous product or other types of accidents, please do not hesitate to contact an experienced Englewood personal injury lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. whenever you are ready for answers and advice specific to your situation and case.
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Contacting us for the opportunity to learn more about your rights and legal options will not obligate you to retain us. This one step can, however, give you the information and insights you need to protect your rights to recovery as you move forward.
7 Important Tips for Protecting Your Personal Injury Claim
- Get medical attention & follow through with all prescribed treatment(s) – Seeking emergency medical care immediately after a serious accident is not only important to your health, but it is also crucial to identifying and documenting the severity of the injuries caused by an accident. If emergency medical treatment is not immediately obtained, accident victims should try to go to the doctor as soon as possible. Getting evaluated by a medical professional – and complying with all prescribed treatments – can minimize the possibility of insurers (or others) trying to downplay the injuries or attribute them to some other incident (other than the accident in question).
- Record your own detailed account of what happened – As soon as reasonably possible, write down (or speak and record) the details of what happened before, during and after the accident. Include as many details as you can remember, like (but not limited to) where and when the accident occurred, the setting of the accident, who was around or involved, etc. Creating your own detailed record of the event is important to assuring the fine points do not get forgotten or misremembered in the following weeks and months.
- Save everything – Save any and all evidence related to your accident and potential claim. This can include items like (but not limited to):
- Accident scene photos
- Accident investigation reports, like those created by police (or other authorities)
- Medical documents, including bills, diagnostic test results and treatment documentation
- Records regarding missed time from work and lost income
- Bills related to repairing or replacing damaged property
- Emails, letters and other correspondence from insurance companies.
- Do not expect or trust the insurance company to be in your corner – No matter how friendly or helpful an insurance adjuster may seem, do not make the mistake of believing that (s)he is your advocate or is looking out for your best interests. The reality is that the adjusters are usually out to protect the insurance company (their employer). That effectively means that, following an accident, adjusters are prioritizing the interests of the insurer and that:
- The adjuster will be looking for ways to avoid paying claims in order to preserve the company’s profits.
- This commonly comes at the expense of accident victims, especially those who do not know their rights or how to protect the value of their claim.
- Keep records of your actions after the accident – Create and maintain a log where you record the steps you took after the accident. These entries should include the date and action taken, along with any relevant details you may need to remember the entry in the future. Some examples of entries to record in this log include:
- Doctors’ visits, surgeries and other medical care
- Points of contact with the insurance company
- Missed work and when you were able to return to work
- Points of contact with others, like other parties’ attorneys.
- Do not automatically accept a settlement offer – If an insurance company (or another party) makes you an offer to settle your claim, do NOT accept that offer without first speaking to a lawyer. Regardless of how substantial the offer may seem, insurers are known for undervaluing claims, and it may not be readily apparent whether the offer fully compensates you for future losses (like future lost income and future medical bills associated with your injury). A lawyer, however, can carefully analyze the offer, explain whether it’s adequate and advise you on how to proceed.
- Consult an attorney – A lawyer can help you at every step of the claim and recovery process, guiding you towards an efficient and favorable resolution. Since the attorneys at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. offer free, no obligations consultations, you have nothing to lose by reaching out to us for clear advice regarding your claim.
Contact an Englewood Cliffs Personal Injury Lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. for Help Now
If you or a loved one has been hurt by the reckless, careless or negligent actions of someone else, contact an experienced Englewood Cliffs personal injury lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. by calling (201) 585-9111 or emailing us. We are ready to help you level the playing field and fight for the financial recovery and justice you likely deserve.
Relentlessly devoted to representing the injured, our attorneys have the courage, skills and resources to effectively advocate your rights in any type of personal injury case.
Year after year, we have been recognized as the best in our field for our record of success and superior legal service. Let us explain how we can make a difference in your claim, recovery and future. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with your claim.
About Englewood Cliffs
A borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, Englewood Cliffs is home to more than 5,000 people. Bordering the Bronx and Manhattan, as well as Englewood and Fort Lee, Englewood Cliffs is the headquarters for some major corporations, including CNBC, LG Corp, Ferrari and Maserati.
Although Englewood Cliffs is a relatively small borough, it is known for being an affluent community, and it has been ranked as the 5th most expensive place to live in New Jersey, with an average home price of $1.1 to $1.4 million.
In popular culture, Englewood City is known for being the birthplace of rapper Foxy Brown and music producer Q-Tip.
The comprehensive personal injury practice at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. covers all types of tort cases, including (but not exclusive to) those related to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents, premises liability accidents, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, workers compensation, wrongful death and product liability.