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Know The Steps You Should Take After An Auto Accident

What happens in the days or even moments after a car accident or slip-and-fall injury can affect the outcome of a personal injury claim. Evidence can get lost or destroyed and witnesses disappear. Even you could make innocent mistakes that insurance companies could use against you.

It is crucial you protect your personal injury claim. The easiest way to do that is to contact a lawyer about your rights. At Shawn H. Heffernan & Associates, P.C., in Orland Park, we offer free initial consultations with our attorney. He will answer your questions and help you determine if you have a claim. If you become our client, he will work hard and smart to protect your claim and obtain the full and fair compensation you may be entitled to receive.

You Can Help Protect Your Claim Too

Your rights are not a secret. Should you find yourself involved in an accident, there are a few things we suggest you do to help protect your claim.

  1. Make and get a police report: Call police to the scene to document the accident. Make sure the officer writes down the necessary information. You can ask to see the report and obtain a copy from the department. We can help you as well.
  2. Document evidence: Exchange insurance and contact information with the other driver. Don’t forget to talk to witnesses and get their contact information. Pull out your cellphone and take pictures of the damage and the scene.
  3. Go to the doctor: Never forgo medical treatment. It does more than put your immediate and future health at risk; it can hurt your claim. Keep copies of any receipts or bills related to your treatment, including prescriptions or assistive devices such as crutches.
  4. Put your insurer on notice: Call your insurance company and let them know that you have been injured in an accident. Don’t talk to adjusters from the other driver’s or property owner’s insurance company. If you are worried about this, let us do the talking for you.

Find Out If You Have A Claim And Let Us Take Care Of The Rest

After an accident, you may be in shock. It can be difficult to think rationally about a potential personal injury claim. You or your loved one may have been seriously injured, and unable to talk to witnesses or take pictures.

If the accident happened already, all is certainly not lost. The only thing you need to do is contact us immediately so that our attorneys can get started working on your case.

Call us at 708-263-4574 or send us your information to schedule a consultation with a lawyer. We will accommodate your needs, including meeting at home or hospital, including after hours.