The short answer? As soon as possible. Lawyers can assist in the preservation of critical evidence, can call experts to assist if necessary, and can help you sort out the complicated interaction among various insurances - health insurance, your auto insurance, the responsible parties' insurance policy, disability policies, etc. At the Law Offices of Peter E. Hutchins, we have handled thousands of accident cases successfully for our clients. Call for a prompt, thorough and free consultation. We work on a contingency basis, so there will be no cost to you until the case is successfully concluded.
Many people who are injured in auto accidents do not preserve certain evidence at the scene of the accident - and this failure can prove detrimental to achieving a fair compensatory settlement from the insurance company for the party at fault. If the injuries are catastrophic, it is clearly difficult if not impossible to do anything other than await medical care. However, in those cases, if you have passengers who are not as injured, they can assist. First rule, always call the police and document the accident and all involved. Second, take photos of the vehicles, scene and injuries. Third, seek insurance information from the at fault party. Fourth, make note of any admissions by the at fault party. Fifth, if interviewed by the police officer, tell him about all your injuries, even if they only feel like aches and pains at the time. The more "scene" evidence you can preserve, the better able you and a good attorney can do in the future in obtaining for you the compensation you deserve. And, it is critical to contact an attorney soon after the accident - as soon as possible. Attorneys can assist in the timely preservation of critical evidence if you are not in a position to do so. At the Law Offices of Peter E. Hutchins, we have handled thousands of auto accident cases, and are always available for a prompt and free intitial consultation.
Many times individuals involved in auto accidents or fall down accidents sustain serious head injuries. While most of these injuries do resolve with time, many are much more serious than originally believed, and can lead to long term difficulties in daily functioning, including work. It is critical that you receive proper expert medical care and that the appropriate therapies are started as quickly as possible. If the accident was the fault of someone else, it is also imperative that you seek legal counsel immediately. Insurance companies often do not "credit" closed head injuries fairly since they are often what are termed "invisible injuries." This is not fair to you. At the Law Offices of Peter E. Hutchins, we have handled hundreds of these claims, and know how to guide you through the process of healing while documenting your claim for the best possible settlement result.