Car Accident Injury Claims Checklist

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Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience.  Even after leaving the scene of the accident, the inevitable paperwork and time spent phoning in claims to your insurance company is a hassle most people would rather avoid. If you are hurt in the accident, things can be much worse.  Not only do you have to overcome the physical consequences of the accident, the pain and inconvenience caused by your injuries, but you may be faced with financial repercussions. Costs of treatment and medical bills can add up quickly, especially if your injuries put you out of work.  In such a case, making an injury claim with a personal injury attorney in order to recover your losses is the right option.  The law firm of Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh can help you overcome the difficulties with the claims process.

Summarized below are 5 tips to consider when considering whether to make a claim:

1. Determine whether you are eligible to make an injury claim

To make a claim, you must be able to prove the accident was someone else's fault. Once proven, an injury claim can be made for any type of injury.

There are many different types of injuries that can be sustained in a car accident, the most common being whiplash. Caused by a sudden impact, whiplash can be debilitating, and resulting in ongoing pain in the neck and back, and can even cause dizziness and loss of feeling in the shoulders and arms. Leg and ankle injuries are also common among road accident victims, especially where a head-on collision causes movement in the driver's pedals.

2. Get the right help with your injury claim

There are many personal injury lawyers out there; however, choosing the right attorney isn't a decision to be taken lightly - the right attorney can make your life a lot easier. Things to bear in mind include education, experience and whether they charge the client any out-of-pocket fees.  The attorneys at Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh were all educated at top law schools, including UCLA, New York University and Harvard.  We offer our clients a no win, no fee guarantee - which means, if we do not win your case, you do not pay anything.

3. The more information you have regarding your claim the better

Details about the accident can make a large difference, the difference between a successful claim and an unsuccessful one.  Keep all correspondence received from insurance companies and any receipts you have for the treatment of injuries and forward those to your attorney for his files.  Additionally, keep all details recorded at the time of the accident, which may include photos of the accident scene, damage to the vehicles involved or the contact details of witnesses.

4. Be sure to keep all medical appointments

The insurance claims adjuster will be looking at your injury claim with a magnifying glass, so it is important to have a clear and detailed medical record.  Missing doctor's appointments creates gaps in treatment and makes it more difficult for your doctor to document your progress.

5. Timing is critical

The sooner the claim is initiated the better, as the details of the accident will be much clearer to all parties involved.

The law firm of Lazar, Akiva & Yagoubzadeh can help you through the personal injury claims process.