Building a strong case for a personal injury lawsuit or insurance claim related to a motor vehicle accident begins with promptly getting medical attention and then contacting a car accident lawyer.
If you have been in a car accident that caused injuries that require medical treatment, the time to talk to a car accident lawyer about getting the money to pay for your treatment is now, not when the medical bills become overwhelming. The statute of limitations (legal deadline) for filing a car accident lawsuit in Oklahoma is two years after the date of the accident, but if you wait until one year and eleven months after the accident before you contact a lawyer, even the best personal injury lawyer will not be able to get you as much money a they could have gotten for you if you had contacted them sooner. Your actions in the first days following the accident make the biggest difference in the amount of money you can recover, whether through a claim with your insurance company or through a personal injury lawsuit. The Tulsa car accident lawyers at Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker can help you at every stage of the process.
Document Your Injuries, Even if You are Not Sure Whether You are Seriously Injured
Insurance companies will not pay for your medical bills and judges will not award you damages in a personal injury lawsuit unless you can demonstrate that the injuries for which you received treatment, or for which you still need treatment, are the direct result of the accident, and not due to some other cause, such as a chronic illness, a work injury, or a previous car accident. The best way to do this is to get a medical examination at a doctor’s office or hospital emergency room immediately after the accident. It is especially important to do this in case you have invisible injuries that start to show symptoms several hours or several days after the accident. Concussions, whiplash injury, and other painful injuries are not obvious at the scene of the accident. If you start to feel pain the following day, and you later file a lawsuit, the defendant may argue that it is possible that you sustained the injury later that night instead of in the accident.
Talk to a Lawyer Before You Talk to the Insurance Company
When you contact a car accident lawyer within a week of the accident, the lawyer may be able to help you get enough money to cover your accident-related financial losses without filing a lawsuit. Specifically, you should talk to a lawyer before giving a recorded statement to the insurance company. Insurance claims adjusters deliberately ask questions to make you say things that will justify them paying you a lower settlement amount. Your lawyer can advise you of what not to say, or even better, can talk to the insurance company on your behalf from the beginning.
Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker About Car Accident Claims
A personal injury lawyer can help you even if you have not yet received a settlement offer from the insurance company after a car accident. Contact Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker in Tulsa, Oklahoma or call (405)886-9660.