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What To Do / Not Do After An Accident

What you do immediately after an incident can significantly impact the results of your case.

    1. Seek Medical Attention
      If you have been injured, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions for care.

    2. Contact Darryl B. Freedman Fresno's Personal Injury Attorney for a free consultation.
    3. Know Your Legal Rights

    4. Contact the Insurance Company
      Be sure to open a claim with the insurance company for the person that caused the accident but say nothing more until you have contacted an attorney.

    5. Document. Document. Document.
      Take photos of the damage. Take photos of the injuries. Immediately after the accident, or as soon as possible, write a detailed description of when the injury occurred, how it occurred, take note of road and weather conditions. Keep up-to-date and accurate records of the following:

      1. Medical appointments and prescribed treatment
      2. Medications
      3. Therapy session including progress
      4. Lost work time
      5. Lost time for other events and activities
      6. Pain and limitations
      7. Expenses incurred as a result of your injuries and or limitations
      8. Document conversations and information received from doctors and other medical professionals
      9. Document conversations and information received from insurance companies

 

What Not to Do After an Automobile/Car Accident

What you do immediately after an incident can significantly impact the results of your case.

  1. Don't Give a Recorded Statement
    To protect yourself from potentially providing damaging information to the insurance company, do not consent to recording any phone calls with insurance companies.

  2. Don't Sign a Medical Waiver
    This often gives the insurance company access to all your medical records even things that do not apply to your accident injuries. They can use your pre-accident health history to justify making a low settlement offer.

  3. Don't settle your case too soon
    Insurance companies will want to settle your claim as fast as possible. This may not always be the best thing because the extent of your injuries have not yet been determined.

  4. Don't expect more than one check
    Insurance companies typically write one check and are done with your claim.

With years of experience handling thousands of personal injury cases in the Fresno area, you can trust Darryl B. Freedman and his dedicated staff to partner with you during the process of settling an insurance claim and managing your medical treatment.

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As a native of Fresno, Darryl B. Freedman is committed to California's Central San Joaquin Valley. He works to improve lives in our community by practicing law in the community he loves. Raised in the San Joaquin Valley, Mr. Freedman attended Fresno High School and went on to earn his bachelors degree in Public Administration from California State University, Fresno.