What should I do if I am involved in an accident?
Seek Medical Care Immediately. If you are injured, seek medical
care right away; do not wait. Some injuries may not appear until several
hours after the initial trauma. If this is the case, seek medical care
at once and follow the doctor's advice.
Inform Your Insurance Company. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible.
Failure to do so may affect your rights.
Do Not Give Any Statements or Sign Anything -- Do not give a written or recorded
statement to the other insurance company or to the other driver. Do not
sign any type of Release from any insurance company without first having
the document reviewed by an attorney.
Photographs -- It is very important to document any damage to your vehicle, damage
to any other vehicles, and any injuries you may have sustained. Take photographs
of all cuts and bruises as well as any other visible injuries. Claims for
injuries arising out of automobile accidents often take months or years
to resolve. Taking photographs helps preserve information that may be forgotten
as time passes.
Call Your Lawyer -- The insurance company will not protect your rights. Set an
appointment with a qualified civil trial attorney to learn about your rights. The attorneys
at Marshall Thomas, P.L. are available to meet with you at your home, in the
hospital, or in our office any day of the week.
Can I handle my accident claim on my own?
If you handle a claim on your own, you will be dealing with experienced insurance
adjusters and attorneys who are trained to minimize the amount of money paid
out. It is essential that your rights are protected when dealing with an insurance
company. An experienced trial attorney can help protect your rights and ensure
you are properly represented throughout the course of your claim.
If I hire a lawyer, how will I pay attorney fees?
At Marshall Thomas Thomas, PLLC, all injury cases are handled on a
contingency fee bases. This means that we are paid only if we recover money for
you. The contingency fee and any costs we pay on your behalf are paid back to
the firm from the proceeds of any settlement or award you receive, not up front.
If we do not obtain a settlement, you owe us nothing. There is no risk in contacting
an attorney if you think you have a valid injury claim. Contact Marshall Thomas, P.L. today for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.