Victim’s Rights Checklist

A must for any injured person

  1. Make sure you immediately attend to your injuries: It’s amazing how many people get hit from behind, or fall down, or even experience head trauma (you hit your head), yet never get an exam. Even if you think your injuries are minor or non-existent, you should see a doctor immediately after the accident occurs. Why? Injuries that appear minor to the untrained eye can sometimes be very serious!
  2. Schedule an exam with a doctor who is trained in accident cases within 24 hours of a fall, accident, or injury: It’s incredible, but true – if you fail to get a doctor’s statement of your injuries within 24 hours, it’s possible the insurance company could doubt or challenge the seriousness of your injury!
  3. Report the accident: Call the police; next notify your own insurance company promptly after the accident. This next step is critical: if the accident or injury occurred on someone else’s property, immediately notify the owner, landlord, or manager of the accident.
  4. Call a skilled doctor’s office who understands the unique injuries of auto accidents and injuries: We have many of the most successful clinics in Miami for treating accident victims. Make sure you choose a doctor based on his or her experience in dealing with and treating these unique medical conditions. If you have questions, please call our office at (305) 227-1225. Like most lawyers, there is no charge for an initial exam and consultation at one of our clinic ($200 value).
  5. Do not give statements, other than to the police about the accident: it is a big mistake to volunteer information to others about what happened. They could (and probably are) working for the other side. It’s not uncommon for someone to begin, asking you a series of confusing questions after the accident. They might be recording the conversation. If you sound confused, you could seriously hurt your case should a problem ever arise. (And in today’s litigious society, it probably will).
  6. Do not delay in seeking medical care you need: Even if your injuries are minor, you should seek a doctor immediately. In order for a cash settlement your favor, or to make sure you don’t become an innocent victim due to your assets, wealth, income, etc., a doctor must state what injuries were caused by the accident.
  7. Do not miss your medical appointments:Missing your doctor visits may create the impressions that:
    • Your injuries were not serious enough to justify seeing a doctor.
    • You’re not really making your best effort to get better – a fact the insurance companies and lawyers will prey on you.
    • They might attempt to claim you made your injuries even worse by failing to keep your appointments.
  8. Do not sign any documents without consulting with your lawyer: Many insurance companies want you to sign a release, or a check.. Why? They are attempting to cease your rights to more money that you might be fully justified in getting! Here’s the dirty little secret that all insurance companies understand – but few auto accident victims understand: You can only settle a case one time, and one time only. You can’t go back and ask for more, even if you’re still hurt, get worse (which often happens to injuries left untreated or learn new important information that strengthens your case. Never sign anything without your lawyers advice.
  9. One last thing – this is important: Having an accident and experiencing an injury is a traumatic experience. Many people think it will never happen to them. Others are lucky enough to avoid such an event during their lives. But most people get into accidents or have injuries one time or another. Our office is here to help people get successful treatment. However, we recognize that insurance companies, lawyers from the other side, have investigators, expert witnesses, lawyers, and a lot of money to defend themselves. Most individuals lack such resources – and the other side knows it!