An accident can occur at any moment’s notice and change your life forever. Accidents may result in physical injuries, property damage, emotional distress, possibly death, and much more. Unintentional injuries caused by accidents were the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in 2017, according to the CDC.
If you were the victim of an accident that was caused by someone else, you should not have to cover the costs of medical expenses and property damage (or any area in which you are affected). A personal injury attorney at The Lapidus Law Firm can take on a stubborn insurance carrier and if the carrier refuses to offer a fair settlement within a reasonable time, file suit on your behalf.
Some of the most common types of accident cases we represent at The Lapidus Law Firm include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian Accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Public school bus accidents
- Dog Bites
- Bed Bug Bites
- Falls which cause serious injuries on commercial property
There are numerous other potential accident scenarios, and each individual’s situation is different. Your best bet is to assume you won’t get a fair settlement when you attempt negotiating on your own.
Too many people make this mistake and leave thousands of dollars in settlement money in the coffers of the insurance company when it could otherwise be helping the injured person. The best way to proceed is to contact a personal injury lawyer to find out your options regarding whether or not you should pursue legal action.
Injuries and Damages Associated With Accidents
Any of the above accidents can result in a multitude of injuries, including:
- Head and brain injuries (concussions, skull fractures, traumatic brain injuries)
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries (torn or stretched muscles, ligaments and tendons)
- Neck , shoulder and back injuries ( herniated discs, spinal & cervical cord damage, rotator cuff tears stretched muscles)
- Knee and leg injuries, including fractures, muscle tears and strains, such as a torn meniscus, a fractured patella (knee cap) and nerve damage.
- Hand and wrist damages
The settlement amount of an accident case will vary depending on individual situations. It is important to keep track of all damages and expenses associated with your accident. Damages that you can claim may include:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Cost of medical expenses (surgery, medication, hospital visits, ambulance fees, MRI and other exam fees, etc.)
- Lost work wages (current and future)
- Emotional distress and trauma
- Loss of quality of life
- Funeral expenses (if the accident resulted in death)
What To Do If You’ve Been In An Accident
What you do following an accident can have a significant effect on your settlement claim. After an accident you should:
- Remain calm – Accidents are scary and can leave the injured riddled with anxiety and panic. It is important to give yourself a moment to gather your thoughts.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if your injuries may not seem significant, things like whiplash and concussions may not present immediate symptoms. However, they need to be treated in a timely manner once those symptoms (subtle or otherwise) begin to show. This is not only important for your well-being, but it also directly affects your insurance claim. Insurance adjusters may see the time you delay treatment as a reason to reduce your settlement amount.
- Take pictures of the scene and exchange information with the other individual(s) involved in the accident.
- Hire a qualified and successful accident attorney to help you in your case.
Accident Lawyer in DC
If you are in the DC metro area and are considering hiring an accident attorney, call us@ 202-785-5111and we will provide you with a free, no obligation telephone consultation to see whether you have a meritorious case At The Lapidus Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping you receive a fair settlement. Contact us at (202) 785-5111 to get started.
Written by Personal Injury Lawyer Lawrence S. Lapidus