WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
What you do or say in the aftermath of an accident could impact your ability to seek compensation later on. Here are some general guidelines:
At the accident site, avoid phrases like, "I'm fine" or "No one was hurt". You may not know that until you receive medical attention.
Go to the hospital to receive a medical assessment to determine and document the extend of your injuries. Remember that some injuries may not be seen or felt right away.
Seek help from an attorney sooner rather than later.
Avoid saying any more than necessary to insurance companies until you've spoken to a lawyer.
Don't accept any settlement offers or sign any settlement documents until you have reviewed them with your attorney.
Once you have a medical assessment and have discussed your case with one of our attorneys, you will have a much better understanding of all your rights and legal options.
SHOULD I SETTLE OR GO TO TRIAL?
Many personal injury and wrongful death cases are settled out of court before trial. Settling has its advantages, but it may not be worth it if the settlement offer is unfair.
Our policy is simple: We are always willing to negotiate and consider a settlement. But if that settlement is not in your best interests, we are fully prepared to take your case to trial in order to fight for the compensation you deserve.
CASES TAKEN ON CONTINGENCY: WE ONLY GET PAID IF YOU DO
At the law offices of Robert C. Metzdorf, all of our personal injury cases are taken on a contingency basis. We only collect attorney fees if we win your case or obtain compensation through a settlement.