If you’ve been involved in an accident in Los Angeles, whether it is a slip and fall, auto accident, or workplace accident, and the accident was not your fault, it is important for you to know that you have legal rights — and you want to do everything in your power to protect those rights.
While you might believe that is what your insurance company is for (we’ve all heard how they are ‘on our side’), this is not necessarily the case. Your insurance company is interested in their bottom line, and that might not coincide with paying you the money your injuries deserve.
Read on for a few tips on how to best protect yourself and your legal rights after being injured in an accident.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you do not believe you were badly injured in your fall or auto accident, it is imperative that you seek medical attention for two main reasons.
- Your health. You could be suffering from internal injuries or injuries that, thanks to the rush of adrenaline, you are not even aware of.
- Your claim. The insurance company could argue that since you did not seek medical care in a timely manner, you were not really injured and therefore are not entitled to the full financial compensation you are requesting.
If you do not believe you need to call 911, you can wait a reasonable amount of time to call your doctor and schedule an appointment or you can go to urgent care. Hold on to all receipts and documentation of your visits, prescribed medication, etc…
Contact an Accident Attorney
As soon as possible, reach out to an experienced Los Angeles accident attorney. Most injury attorneys offer free consultations where you can discuss the merits of your case and whether you have a legal claim. You want to hire an attorney who will take your case on a contingency basis, meaning the lawyer doesn’t get paid unless you do. Learn more about the contingency fee structure here.
Don’t Talk to Insurance
Hold off on providing an official report to your insurance claim adjuster until after your lawyer has had the chance to review your case. Your accident attorney may want to speak to the insurance companies on your behalf, ensuring that your best interests are protected and that you have one less thing to worry about.
For more more information on how to proceed after being injured in a Los Angeles accident, contact the aggressive lawyers at Ghozland Law Firm today for a free, no obligation consultation.