A car accident can really take its toll on you and your family, especially when serious injury is involved. The most important thing to do immediately after an accident is to make sure any injured person or persons receive medical attention as soon as possible – whether that means getting to the hospital or seeing a doctor in his or her office.
After a vehicle accident, the only thing you should really be focusing on is recovering from your injuries or helping your family member do so. The problem is that insurance companies will bombard you with paperwork and pressure you to sign while you are still reeling from the aftermath of the accident.
Your best ally during this difficult time is an experienced and caring car accident attorney who can step in and protect your interests when you are at your most vulnerable.
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Interviewer: Doug I mentioned to you that I was in a serious automobile accident many years ago and not only was I not available because of my injuries but it was very difficult for my family. They were so much in shock. How do you handle that? What should we do? What should they do?
Doug Mudford: The family members need to concentrate on the injured person. They need to take care of that portion of their lives. It’s up to the lawyer to enable them to do that by taking care of what seems like thousands of pieces of paper that people will throw at you – insurance companies, people wanting to talk to you, whether it’s the insurance company for the person who hurt you or doctors wanting to talk to you or whether it’s your own insurance company. Everyone wants you to fill out papers.
There is a certain amount the family has to do, but if they have a lawyer who is doing what he or she should do, then they can concentrate on the family member getting better – which they should do. That should be their total job. They should not be worrying about a lawsuit at that point in time.
Car Accident Attorneys and California Law
Don’t sign anything in the heat of the moment, especially while you’re under stress and worrying about your loved one. An attorney with a proven track record in California motor vehicle law will be able to handle all of the details and paperwork and make sure that your best interests are served in the long term. Rarely will you know the full extent of your injuries in the immediate aftermath of a car accident or what kind of long-term treatment and therapy that you may need due to your injuries. You want to make sure that any medical costs you may incur in the future are covered and that your financial security is not impacted by an accident that was not your fault.
A car accident attorney with expertise in California statutes and personal injury law will be able to help you navigate the complex details following an auto accident, handle the insurance companies and paperwork, help protect your financial interests, and leave you free to take care of the most important work ahead – recovery.