The moments after a car accident are filled with fear, anger and anxiety as you wonder who to call, where to go for medical attention, time missed from work, auto repairs, medical bills and insurance companies. The most important thing to do is seek immediate medical attention if you or a loved one has been injured. Many people think they are OK or that pain will get better with time, but prompt medical attention and diagnosis of an injury is vital.
Once you have received medical attention, or determined that none is needed, there are a number of things you should do following an automobile accident:
- Call the police
- Obtain any and all information from other persons involved in the accident, including insurance information and plate numbers
- Take photographs at the scene (showing damage to the vehicles, the location itself and the position of the vehicles as contact)
- Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses
- Fill out an accident report
- Contact your insurance company
If you have been injured, you should also consider calling an experienced personal injury attorney. This is especially important since both New York and Massachusetts have strict no-fault insurance laws which require you to contact your insurance company within 30 days of an accident to file a no-fault claim, which in many instances (but not all), will reimburse you for necessary medical expenses and treatment. The area where many disputes arise is whether certain treatment is necessary, which is why it is helpful to have an experienced person injury attorney on your side.
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Past and future lost wages
- Reimbursement/payment of medical bills
- Pharmacy costs
- Physical therapy and chiropractic care
- Transportation expenses
- Loss of enjoyment of life including: inability to perform daily and recreational activities.
It is also important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney because they know how to speak and negotiate with the insurance companies. This is especially true of attorney Michael Longo since he used to work for law firms which represented the insurance companies. That experience has proven invaluable to him throughout his career representing people injured in these types of accidents since he knows what they look for, how much they are likely to pay and what their arguments will be. This knowledge always him to effectively fight for his clients rights by developing a litigation strategy tailored to each individual case, which ensures that each client will obtain the best results permissible by law whether through a settlement or trial.
The Longo Law Group represents all persons involved in “driving” or “automobile” accidents including:
- passengers in cars, buses or trains;
- bicyclists; and,
No matter the circumstances of your accident, if you are considering hiring a personal injury attorney call the Longo Law Group to schedule you FREE consultation and case evaluation. There is no obligation to retain our services, and remember, like most personal injury attorneys, we work on a contingency fee which means you pay nothing to retain our services and that we do not get paid unless we obtain a money judgment in your favor.