How To Really Screw Up Your Accident Case

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Auto accidents happen all the time in the DMV: between the beltway and downtown and all the distracted drivers everywhere else, it's more of a minor miracle that you don't get into an accident driving in DC. (Yes maybe I am being a little dramatic -- but it's kind of true). 

So, say you have been in a fender bender and you feel fine, but two weeks later you start to feel really crunchy in your neck and experience radiating pain down your back. You haven't had any medical treatment so far, and you really just left the scene of the accident feeling okay that the officer on the scene was going to file a report, and you got the offending driver's auto insurance information.

Do you need a lawyer?

The answer is "maybe" but in this situation, the "why" is most important. Let's consider your options.

You have already spoken to the insurance company of the person who hit you, and they have you on record (they took a recorded statement) saying that you don't have any injuries and you don't need any treatment. You are going to have a heck of a time getting them to foot the bill for your treatment now. Especially considering that there is no chain of evidence when it comes to treatment you have already had. Meaning, if you haven't had treatment already, you have very little to back up your request for treatment now.

You may say at this point "I need a lawyer," but it could be too late. You have tied your lawyers hands by not getting treatment, and even he or she may not be able to establish that you have been injured. So, though you may need a lawyer, it's likely that you will have trouble getting someone to take your case.

We always counsel our clients, and anyone who calls us for that matter, not to give a recorded statement to the insurance company.

WHY you may be asking. It's because they will use it against you.  It's because it is just a snapshot in time and your injuries could get worse.  Maybe you have been mis-diagnosed.  You don't get the chance to call them back and change things.  Insurance companies have systems and protocols and part of their job is to reject the claims that they can get away with rejecting. So don't give them anymore ammunition against you than they already have.

Do you have questions about your motor vehicle accident in DC, Maryland or Virginia, or other injury case? Call us today at 202-393-3320. You will speak to a real person who wants to hear your story.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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