Granite City Personal Injury Lawyers
In the Granite City area, there are plenty of historic houses, interesting public sites, cultural attractions, and entertainment venues. There are also plenty of drivers zooming all around and through this beautiful city, and they cause accidents to residents and visitors alike. Although most drivers get to their destinations without incident, not everyone is that lucky; in an instant, your life could change dramatically, and you could need weeks, months, or even years of intensive physical therapy, doctor’s appointments, medication, and even surgery before you get to return to some semblance of your previous normal lifestyle. Accidents can result from driver negligence, poor road conditions, inclement weather, or any combination of those things.
What Not to Do and Say during a Personal Injury Claim
One of the first bits of advice we usually give our future clients is to refrain from making any unnecessary statements that may be used against you in court. Naturally, you should always comply with law enforcement officers and follow their directions and carry through with any requests that they make of you, but beyond that, there are words and phrases that you might not think of as particularly damaging to your case. For example, if you say “I’m sorry” to the other driver or their passenger(s), they (and a jury of your peers) might interpret that as you taking responsibility for the accident, and they will hold you accountable, which could mean hundreds or even thousands of dollars you would be required to pay.
Another piece of advice we would give anyone who has been injured in a car crash is to talk to an attorney before accepting any settlement offer. While it might be incredibly tempting, when approached with an offer of thousands of dollars to make your personal injury claim go away for the at-fault party, you should be aware that the insurance is trying to protect themselves, not you. You probably want to get as much money as you can in order to sufficiently cover your medical bills and damages; the insurance company and its agent wants to minimize their losses, and they will try to do that by paying you as little as they can get away with. As tempting as it is to take the money and cut your losses, please consider discussing your case with an attorney at Walton Telken Foster before you make any legal decisions you may regret later.
Call a Granite City, Ill. Personal Injury Lawyer Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
If you have been involved or injured in any kind of accident (such as a car, truck, or motorcycle accident), call (844) 307-7349 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney with the Walton Telken Foster law firm. We will take your case on contingency, which means that we only get paid a portion of your winnings, so if we fail to win your case, you will not need to pay us anything. Personal injuries can be very complex and require the accurate and precise preparation and filing of legal documents; if you have been injured in an accident, you have more important things to worry about that how to complete, prepare, and file these detailed legal forms, so let us help you do what we do best while you get to work on what really matters: healing and spending time with loved ones. That way, you will be better prepared and ready to go back to work and get on with your normal life when the time comes.
When you come in for your free appointment, you will have the rare opportunity to consult with an attorney with years of experience handling these types of personal injury cases. When you tell the lawyer the details of your case, they will be able to give you more appropriate information regarding your case. They will answer your specific questions and tell you about your rights and the options open to you at this point in your case. We also have experience in dealing with medical malpractice, workers’ compensation, and class action lawsuit cases, so if any of those pertain to what you or any loved ones are going through, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free, confidential case review.