After an accident, follow these steps to protect your rights to compensation:
Check to see if there are any injuries to those involved in the accident. Call 911 immediately if medical attention is needed. Make sure that the police have made a report of the accident. Police reports are useful for determining fault and negligence.
Talk to anyone who may have witnessed the accident. Take down names, contact information, and any other information or details they can provide. Take as many pictures if possible if you are in a condition to do so.
It is important to visit your doctor after an injury, even if you are unsure if you have been injured. Make sure to explain exactly how the accident occurred, and mention any injury or pain you have suffered as a result. Follow all of the advice given by your medial provider and take all the medication prescribed to you. If you do not, the insurance company is likely to use this against you to avoid paying the full value of your claim.
Immediately report the accident to your own insurance company. Failing to do so could result in the insurance company not covering you for the accident. However, if dealing with an insurance adjustor, do not sign or admit to anything. We recommend that you never talk to the insurance adjuster without first talking to a qualified injury lawyer.
Before giving a statement to an insurance adjuster or signing anything, consult with a lawyer experienced in helping injury victims. Seeking the advice of an experienced lawyer after is the best way to ensure that your rights will be protected.
Insurance adjusters are trained in sophisticated ways to get you to take less for your claim than it may be worth. In fact, some insurance companies give their adjusters financial bonuses if they settle your claim for less. These adjusters have years of experience, and some of the biggest insurance companies have invested millions of dollars in studies showing how to get injury victims to take less. Some of these tactics include (1) making it seem like the insurance adjuster is on your side; (2) discouraging you from talking to a lawyer; (3) refusing to put things in writing; (4) having you give recorded statements in order to get you to say something that can be used against you; and (5) having you sign documents which can unknowingly hurt your financial recovery.
We know these tactics inside and out because we deal with them every day. We know the true value of your claim, we know how to deal with the insurance company’s strategies to pay less, and we know how to fully protect your rights so you receive the full compensation owed to you.
There is no reason for anyone to deal with these issues alone. Our legal team is ready to answer all of your questions and fully evaluate your case, free of charge, whether or not you want to hire us as your lawyers.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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