When you have been injured, filing a personal injury claim can seem confusing and stressful. In fact, many people often do not know their rights, how the claims process works, and what to do when talking to insurance adjusters. At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, we are passionate about making sure our clients are informed and educated about their claim. Below are some helpful tips that can help maximize your compensation.
If you have been injured in an accident, follow these tips to help improve your personal injury case:
- See a doctor. Always seek medical attention as soon as possible following an accident, even if you feel fine. If you fail to get treated for your injuries, insurers may think you are not injured and may deny your claim.
- File a police report. When you file a police report, you can document the names and contact information of the parties that are involved. Having a police report is also helpful when you need to provide supporting evidence for your claim.
- Document the accident. If you are able to, take pictures of the scene and your injuries immediately after the accident. Preserve all the evidence you can.
- Keep records of expenses related to your injury. Keep copies of all your hospital bills, doctor’s bills, diagnosis statements, property damage bills, wage statements, and other documentation related to your injuries for your claim.
- Be careful of insurance company tactics. Insurance companies often make the claims process more complicated than it needs to be. Common tactics that insurance companies use against clients include offering lowball settlements, delaying settlements, pressuring you to give recorded statements (even though it not required), and more. Talk to an attorney to help make sure that you know your rights and what you are required and not required to do.
- Know the deadlines. Claims are time-sensitive and should be filed within the statute of limitations, otherwise, you will lose your right to recover anything for your injuries. In Pennsylvania, you have two years from the date of injury to file a lawsuit.
- Consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. While you do not need an attorney to file a claim, it is often helpful to have a professional who understands the law and how insurance companies work. It is a well-known fact that insurance companies are more likely to settle claims when represented by an attorney – and less likely to take advantage of victims.
An Experienced York Personal Injury Attorney Ready to Help
At Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, our personal injury lawyers in York can provide effective and personalized representation for victims who were injured in a serious accident. When you need an advocate to walk you through the paperwork, deal with insurance adjusters, and fight for your rights, we are here for you.
We welcome clients from all across Shrewsbury, Lancaster, and surrounding regions in Pennsylvania.