Preparing for a Bike Accident Claim
Are you preparing for a bike accident claim? There are a few very important things you need to know before you get started. Please give this a read, then call our office right away for a free consultation.
Preparing for a Bike Accident Claim | How Do I Find the Right Attorney?
If you’re in a bicycle accident and you’re seriously injured in New York, you want to find the best possible attorney to represent your interests. You want to research this and find a personal injury lawyer who will only do personal injury cases. You don’t want the lawyer who’s going to do your divorce, and do your will, and do the closing on your house, and also do an accident case. That’s not the lawyer for you. You want the lawyer who only does accidents, who’s experienced in accidents, and knows all the nuances of doing accident cases. You want the lawyer who’s been experienced for a long period of time. I have been doing this business for 45 years, representing clients in accident cases.
You want someone with a wealth of experience so they can use that experience on your behalf. You also want the lawyer who’s going to speak with you, meet with you, and help you through the process of this entire case. You don’t want the lawyer who’s going to meet you for four minutes at his office and then usher you off to a paralegal and never see you again. You want to be able to pick up the phone and speak with your lawyer. When clients call me, I will pick up the phone and talk to them. If a client wants to meet with me and ask questions, I will set an appointment to meet with the client. If the client wants to know, “What is the status of my case?” we will immediately tell them.
We walk the client through this process. It’s a long and difficult process You’re injured, it’s confusing, and you’re not really sure what’s going on. We are there for you to make this process as easy on you as possible. We are always there for the client, and you want an attorney who is always there for you.
Preparing for a Bike Accident Claim | Should I Speak to the Insurance Company?
If you are seriously injured in a bicycle accident in New York and the insurance company is calling, have someone take a message. Don’t talk to them. There is nothing you can say to that insurance company that is going to be helpful. Everything they need to know, they can find out a day or two later, after you’ve hired an experienced attorney. The insurance companies are not there to help you. The insurance company’s goal is to make as much money as possible for their shareholders. Every statement you make to them will be analyzed to see how they can get out of paying you. Every form you fill out will also be analyzed to see how they can stop paying you money that otherwise is due to you.
We are with our clients when they speak to the insurance companies. When they give statements to the insurance companies, we are on the other end with our clients, guiding them through it and making sure they give the correct statement to the company and they don’t blunder in any way, shape or form. Before any forms are filled out and signed by our clients, we review every single one to make sure they give the correct information the insurance company needs so you will get all your benefits. Don’t do it on your own. It seems simple; you can be very sorry much later.
Some companies also offer you money. They’ll say, “Here’s $500; sign this release.” You don’t know what that means; you don’t know what you’re signing away. You have no idea what they’re doing, and no one gives money away for free. They’re not making you a gift. Hire an experienced attorney. Let that attorney protect you and get you all the money due to you from the insurance carriers.
If you need more information about preparing for a bike accident claim, please call our New York bicycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation.