Teaneck Personal Injury Attorneys
Do you know what to do when a serious accident happens?
Though the possibility of being hurt can be distressing to consider, being prepared and knowing what steps to take after an accident happens can make a BIG difference in your physical and financial recovery, as well as your future.
The Teaneck personal injury lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. have more than nine decades of combined legal experience helping accident victims take the right steps to obtain compensation and justice.
- Answers about your potential claim, your rights and your legal options
- Exceptional advocacy and personal service
- Experienced guidance and legal support at every phase of your case
- The best possible outcomes.
Financial recoveries can never change the past or replace an irreversible loss. They can, however, help restore lives.
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Contacting us and participating in a free case evaluation 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 proceed.
We look forward to discussing your situation and helping you. Until then, here are some help tips for how to protect yourself – and a possible personal injury claim – after an accident happens.
What to Do after an Accident: 11 Steps That Can Protect You, Your Rights & a Future Personal Injury Case
In the minutes to days following an accident, taking these steps can be important to protecting yourself and your potential rights to financial recovery:
- Call 911 if any serious injuries have been sustained – Emergency medical care should be sought for any catastrophic or life-threatening injuries. In addition to helping the injured get essential medical care, calling 911 can also assure that there is a police report for the incident. The police report can yield key details and/or evidence for a future personal injury case.
- Report the accident to other necessary authorities – Depending on where the accident occurs, an authority aside from law enforcement (like a building manager or a work supervisor) may also need to be informed of the incident. This may result in another accident or incident report, as well as more potential evidence for a future claim.
- See a doctor as soon as possible – If emergency medical treatment was not sought immediately after the accident, see a physician as soon as you can. This will be integral to diagnosing and documenting the injuries you have sustained, as well as to getting you the treatment(s) needed as soon as possible.
- Take pictures of the accident scene & damage – Whenever possible, take pictures of the aftermath of the accident, including photos of the specific site, surrounding features, visible injuries, damaged property, the lighting or weather, etc. These pictures can establish the cause of an accident, who is at fault and/or other important details.
- Record a detailed account of your version of the events – Write down (or record yourself telling) your experience of the accident, including what happened right before, during and immediately following the incident. Be as detailed as you can. This record can clarify or preserve certain details, preventing them from being forgotten or misremembered months or years later.
- Report the facts of the incident to the insurance company – Stick to the facts, like when and where the accident happened and who was involved. Avoid speculating, and do not provide an “official” (recorded) statement unless you are absolutely ready to do so. The things you say to insurance companies following an accident can be used to pin liability on you and, consequently, be leveraged to reduce or deny your claim.
- Never admit or accept fault – This goes along with the above because any admission of fault, even if it’s an apology, can be used to pin the fault on you. And if you are mainly at fault, there will likely be little to no recovery for your claim.
- Be very careful about what you post on social media – Avoid posting details about your accident, the claim, the insurance company or any involved party. Also, avoid posting pictures of your activities following the accident. These posts can be subpoenaed and used as evidence by a defendant, letting your opponent argue that you lied about the details of the accident, you are not as badly hurt as you have alleged, etc.
- Do not automatically accept a settlement offer or cash checks from insurers – These offers should always be carefully reviewed, preferably with an experienced attorney who can evaluate whether the offer sufficiently compensates you (given the specifics of your case). Without this precaution, you run the risk of leaving compensation that is owed to you on the table. That could end up impacting your ability to cover future medical bills and other expenses arising from the accident.
- Don’t throw any potential evidence away – Keep as many photos, documents and other items associated with the accident as possible. You never know what could be useful later, so retain as much as you can.
- Contact a Teaneck personal injury lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. – Whether you are able to take any or all of the previous steps, this is the most important one to take after an accident. The reason is that our attorneys can guide, support and represent you as you get your claim started and seek the compensation and justice you deserve.
Contact a Teaneck Personal Injury Lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. for Help Now
If you or a loved one has been hurt by another’s reckless, careless or negligent actions, contact an experienced Teaneck personal injury lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C.
Call (201) 585-9111 or email us. We offer evening and weekend consultations, and we are ready to help you level the playing field and fight for the financial recovery and justice you likely deserve.
Tirelessly committed to advocating injured people’s rights, our attorneys have the courage, insights and resources to effectively represent you in any type of personal injury case.
Our long-standing record of success and excellence in various personal injury cases has earned us many professional recognitions and positive testimonials from previous clients. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you with a claim.
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, wrongful death, train accidents, subway accidents, workers compensation and product liability.
Located in Bergen County, the Township of Teaneck, New Jersey is a diverse suburb of the New York metropolitan area that is home to more than 39,000 people. Teaneck is set at the crossroads of some major geographical and transportation features, making it the site of various historical events, some of which occurred during the Revolutionary War.
While Teaneck started out as a transportation route for Native Americans and early European settlers, over the centuries, it has grown into a dynamic (and primarily residential) community. With little land left to develop and restrictions against high-rise developments, however, Teaneck’s population is expected to remain stable over the coming decades.
In popular culture, Teaneck is known for being the birthplace of fashion designer Marc Jacobs, actor Paul Sorvino and singers Pat Boone and Kevin Jonas.