If you have just experienced an accident, you are probably blindsided and unsure of what to do next. Here at Salerno & Leavitt, we understand what you are going through and are here to help. On this page, you’ll find some basic guidelines to follow that will help you navigate these trying times to ensure you get the best possible outcome.
While this may seem like a no-brainer, some people believe they should not address their injuries as a way to prove they occurred. Quite the opposite is true. By having your medical needs taken care of, they will be documented for our legal team to use.
Your insurance company needs to be made aware of any accident that occurs so they can start taking the necessary action. If you call us first, we can contract them on your behalf so that you don’t have to worry. If that is the course of action you prefer, make sure you contact us right away. Accidents need to be reported quickly to ensure the best outcome.
If you are involved in a collision, you can expect a call from an insurance adjuster who represents the person that caused the crash. The insurance adjuster from the opposing company is not paid to look out for your best interests. Oftentimes you will be called in the first few days after a collision, and you won’t know the full extent of your injuries at that point. So to avoid making a statement that minimizes the true nature of your injuries, it is better not to discuss the extent of injury or provide any information about any previous injuries you may have suffered. The adjuster will also want to find out your version of how the collision occurred. Although this may not seem to be a problem, it may become a problem if you say something that can later be used to suggest that you did something that contributed to the crash. It is for these reasons that I never recommend giving a tape-recorded statement to the insurance adjuster until you have talked with your attorney.
You can count on us to give you the right advice and support you need.