Following a car accident or any accident for that matter, people often ask, “do I need a lawyer?” The answer is you may not need a lawyer, but you should certainly speak with a personal injury lawyer about you particular case.
First and foremost, the consultation should be free. To that end, most Miami personal injury lawyers do not charge for the consultation. If you can get free advice, take it.
In the event you do not hire a lawyer, Here is a list of things you should do following an accident.
Make sure to at least speak with a lawyer before speaking with any insurance adjusters, or signing any releases. Some insurances companies will try to settle a case with you quickly. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but you should realize that if you sign a release, you are precluded from ever bringing a claim later on. Thus, if you think you might be injured make sure you see a doctor before signing any releases, and make sure you have your x-ray and/or MRI results explained to you by your doctor.
What doctor should you see? If you have health insurance, start with your primary care physician. If your PCP feels it is necessary he/she will refer you to the appropriate specialist.
If you do not have health insurance, ask friends or family about any experiences they may have had with particular doctors. Make sure you thoroughly investigate the doctors credentials and licensing information. If something does not seem right at the doctor’s office, do not be afraid to switch facilities. Unfortunately, some doctor’s in Miami are more interested in collecting your insurance benefits then they are in helping you get better.
Make sure you take pictures of your injuries, property damage, and the accident scene.
Finally, make sure you write down all witness information.