After a car accident most people are unsure of what to do first and have a long list of questions on how to proceed next. They wonder if they should file a claim with their insurance or with the at-fault insurance company. They wonder can they get a rental car, who will pay to repair the vehicle, who will pay their medical bills, who will pay their lost wages. All of these questions can be answered by the lawyers at Elsner Law Firm, PLLC. We have been helping people navigate their car accident claim in King and Snohomish Counties and throughout the state of Washington since 2007. Contact us to get these questions answered and to get help eliminating the stress of the situation.
In the first few days following an automobile accident:
- Get pictures of your vehicle and the accident scene since the appearance of this evidence will change quickly.
- Set up an appointment with your doctor or go to an urgent care clinic for an evaluation. If you are not seriously injured, the doctor will usually have you follow-up a few days later.
- Contact your insurance company to verify your coverage. If you have Personal Injury Protection insurance that will be the first source of funds to pay for your treatment. Personal Injury Protection insurance will also help to pay for your loss of wages and essential services (such as housekeeping and yard maintenance) if your doctor tells you not to perform physically demanding tasks.
- If you decide to file your claim with the at-fault party you will need to open up a claim with them. Be aware, though, that the at-fault party is not your friend. Anything you tell them about the case can be used against you.
At any point in this process you can hire an attorney to help assist you. Elsner Law Firm has significant experience getting into a case at any stage to help people ensure their rights are protected and that they get fair treatment from the insurance companies.
There are many laws that protect people who have been injured in a car accident and an experience car accident lawyer knows how to best protect their client. Contact us now to get help dealing with the car accident claim process so that you can focus on getting healthy and back to your normal life.