What To Do After An Accident

What to Do After an Accident

The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. Can Help After an Auto Accident

After a car accident or another type of accident, it can be difficult to regain your health, your feelings of confidence, or even your ability to feel safe. Many are understandably shaken dealing with the physical and mental repercussions of serious injuries in addition to uncertainty about their financial future. If you are involved in an accident that has resulted in personal injury to you, it is important that you consider filing a personal injury claim. By speaking with a Long Island personal injury attorney, you can gain insight on your best course of action and prevent any issues that could result in a lowered compensation amount.

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Many people do not realize the hardship that medical bills and other expenses from the accident can cause until the situation gets serious, with bills piling up and a limited ability to pay. Unfortunately, this too often leads to lowered credit and bankruptcy. There is a short amount of time in which you may file a claim, so it is best to have your claim reviewed as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to whether you have a case, the best thing to do is have a Long Island car accident attorney review the details of the accident.

Steps To Take After a Car Accident Injury

#1: Call emergency services or seek medical care right away.

  • The first and most important step is to receive the proper medical care. Even if you believe that you may not be seriously injured, it is best to have yourself evaluated by a doctor. In many cases, the pain from an injury does not show up until hours or even days later. This will not only ensure that the injuries are assessed and treated, but it will also provide immediate medical documentation which will later be helpful when you file a claim.

#2: Call law enforcement and report the accident.

  • If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to report it to the police. In some types of accidents, it is not necessary to report to the police. However, promptly reporting that the accident has occurred can provide you with documentation of the accident. It is extremely important to never give any details in any type of report as to why you think that accident occurred or whether or not you believe you may have been partially at fault.

#3: Get the names and contact information of witnesses.

  • In most types of accidents, it is important to get the names of anyone that may have witnessed the accident. This could be a co-worker, bystander or simply someone walking down the street at the time of the accident. They may be called upon to provide testimonial.

#4: Write down what happened and take photos.

  • If you have a camera, take photos of the accident. Some people choose to keep a disposable camera in their glove compartment; others simply use the cameras in their phones. The photos may be used as evidence at a later date and could back up your claim. Write down what occurred being as specific as possible also, noting the weather, the area, how you feel, and what you remember.

#5: Do not admit fault to the other driver or their insurance company.

  • After an accident, it is natural to want to take the blame even when it is not true. The period after a serious accident is emotional and in many cases, very confusing as to what actually occurred. It is natural to feel guilty, even when you are not at fault, as this is often part of human nature. Unfortunately, the responsible party or insurance companies may use your apology to keep from paying you your just compensation. Refrain from discussing the accident if at all possible.

#6: Speak with a Long Island personal injury attorney immediately.

  • Speak with a personal injury lawyer as early on in the process as possible. If you wish to speak with an attorney before reporting the accident your insurance company, you may do so. An attorney will greatly improve your chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

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Accidents can happen to anyone, even the most careful drivers who follow all the safety rules and the law. In some tragic cases, lives are lost, or an innocent person is left with lifelong, serious injuries. Wading through the system in order to get the compensation you deserve can be daunting.

Insurance companies are notorious for all of the following:

  • Offering inadequate settlements
  • Delaying payment
  • Challenging claims
  • Overall making the process difficult

Don't be a victim of the process. The team at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. is highly skilled in helping the injured recover the compensation that is deserved, and is here to help you at every step.

Connect with our firm for immediate assistance, and a free case evaluation.

We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.

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