Personal injuries leave many Americans wondering how they will be compensated if injured and unable to work. There are actions that can be taken to protect yourself from assuming full liability.
Brian Herberth, an attorney with Kelley and Ferraro, discussed how Americans should be handling their personal injury cases so they are properly compensated on America’s Work Force Union Podcast.
Personal injury cases
Herberth began by explaining that insurance companies are not your friend. While they may not be out to get you, they will take advantage of you if you allow them to. Herberth informed listeners on how to handle any claim following an accident.
When in a car accident, Herberth said to take as many photos as possible. These should include images of any damage, any vehicle involved, their license plate and any other information you can gather.
He added that if a third party witness can be found, their information is valuable as well.
Finally, you should file a police report. Even if the police do not come out to the scene, it is important to document the incident with the police.
Preserve your evidence
Preserving the evidence is vital when you make an insurance claim. Even if you were rear ended and there is no way the accident was your fault, preserving evidence will solidify your claim.
This will also help when the others involved go to their insurance company. They will most likely try to flip the situation onto you, making your evidence very valuable.
What to do if you were injured
Herberth said it is crucial you get treatment. Even if your pain is minor and you feel you can manage it at home, it is better to get immediate documentation of an injury instead of waiting to report something.