5 Middlebury, VT Car Accident Lawyer Tips
Hey everyone, it’s Drew from Champlain Valley Law.
In today’s video, we’re going to talk about five tips if you’ve been in a car accident in Middlebury or Addison County, Vermont. If you’ve recently been in a car accident in Middlebury, there are a few things that you’ll need to know about in order to make sure that you get a fair outcome for your claim.
Accident Lawyer Tip #1: Avoid Talking To The Insurance Adjuster
Number one, try to avoid talking to the insurance adjuster for the other driver. Now, these adjusters would have you believe that it’s vitally important that you talk to them before they can adjust your claim and pay you fairly.
In reality, that’s not true. In fact, they rarely use your statements as anything other than a reason to deny or reduce the amount that they pay you for your claim.
Nowadays, almost all insurers who handle car accident claims use computerized programs, which input data from your medical records and other documents into a formula that spits out a number that tells you what your claim is worth.
These adjusters aren’t interested in hearing from you about how hard things have been or the effect of the injury has had on your life. Instead, they’re listening carefully for admissions of fault or comparative fault. In other words, ways to reduce or deny your claim.
Accident Lawyer Tip #2: Contact Emergency Services
Middlebury VT accident lawyer number two, contact emergency services. Many people jump out of a car right after an accident and proclaim, “I’m fine”. Only to feel racked with pain in the hours and days afterward.
What happens is, instead of getting an emergency response from medics or officers, people will go right home. And this can result in a significant delay or gap in treatment that an insurance company can use against you when you make your claim later on. In almost every case, it makes sense to call the police and an ambulance to respond to a car crash.
These professionals may observe things about your medical condition or the circumstances of the crash that can be very important to your claim down the road to recovery.
The Vermont State Police, for instance, is experienced when it comes to accident investigation and reconstruction. And the emergency staff at Porter Hospital have seen many people over the years who’ve been involved in car accidents. Together, they’ll make sure that you get the care that you need and accurately document what happened.
Accident Lawyer Tip #3: Focus On Your Recovery
Number three, focus on your recovery because the truth is in the days following an accident, you really shouldn’t be thinking too much about your personal injury claim.
Yes, of course, it’s important that you get photographs of the scene and make sure that the circumstances surrounding the crash are accurately documented. But in reality, the best thing that you can do for your personal injury claim is to focus on getting well.
Follow the advice of your care providers. If they recommend a consult, make the appointment. If they suggest home exercises, do them. And don’t miss appointments without a very good reason.
Not only will you get better more quickly, but along the way, you’ll be proving to the insurance company and maybe a jury that you’re invested in getting well. And that’s good for your credibility and good for your case.
Accident Lawyer Tip #4: Keep An Injury Diary
Tip number four, use a video or written injury diary and document your recovery.
Look, I understand an accident is something most people want to forget. But if you’re presenting a claim or a lawsuit for personal injury, there are going to be some memories that you’re going to want to have access to down the road.
In most cases, you won’t get a chance to tell your side of the story until many months or even years after the accident. And by then some of the darkest days will be long behind you. And it can be really hard to conjure up those memories in order to testify about them effectively.
A short diary entry about a special event missed, a video of your first steps after surgery, or maybe some pictures of your first hike up Chipman Hill after the accident can go a long way toward recreating some of those memories and make for a more effective presentation down the road.
Accident Lawyer Tip #5: Avoid Using Social Media
Number five, avoid using social media. This can be a hard trap to avoid. But trust me, if you make a claim for personal injury, everyone from the insurance adjuster to the jurors is going to be reading your profile.
While you can and should, make your privacy settings as tight as possible. You are not allowed to delete or remove any posts on social media which have anything to do with the accident or your recovery. This is a rule of law that the courts interpret very broadly. And if you violate it, it can have a strong negative impact on the outcome of your case. In all honesty, your best bet is to avoid the subject of your accident or recovery altogether on social media.
Accident Lawyer Tip #6: Talk To An Injury Lawyer
And finally, a bonus tip number six, talk to a Middlebury, VT accident lawyer. The consultation is free and while not every case requires hiring a lawyer, you can often get some guidance and suggestions for how to handle your own claim and make the most of it. So that’s our video for today. I hope you found it helpful. If you did please like and subscribe to our channel. And if there’s something you’d like to hear more about, let us know in the comments section below. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next time.