Personal Injury Advice
After an injury incident, it is important to take all the rights steps to secure your right to compensation. The experienced Seattle personal injury attorneys at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have provided the advice below for prospective personal injury claimants. However, be aware that this advice only pertains to the preliminary stages of the claims process. You should get in touch with our compassionate legal staff for further counsel. We will do everything within our capabilities to ensure that you are taken care of. For answers to any questions about your case, call our toll-free number (888) 228-3860.
If you have been injured in an accident, get medical attention as soon as you can, even if it doesn't seem like you're hurt. Certain injuries may not make themselves apparent till hours or even days later. Your potential compensation may be reduced if you let injuries develop further due to mitigating damages. Furthermore, a physician will be able to determine the extent of your injuries, which is important information in any claim case.
Even if you feel as if you were at fault for the accident, you should not place blame on yourself (or any other party for that matter) when speaking to anyone, including the police. Be concise, clear, and, most importantly, neutral when giving your account of the events.
Retain all relevant hospital bills, medical records, insurance records, and other important documents. Also, keep track of your lost wages during recovery. The more detailed information you have, the better chances you'll have of attaining a full and fair settlement award.
Remember, no matter what insurance companies claim, they are self-interested entities that exist for their own profit. Be especially wary of the opposing insurance company. The adjuster will do anything possible to reduce your claim. Have your attorney speak with him/her in your stead. And don't ever sign anything without first discussing it with your attorney.
Time is a very important factor in all personal injury claim cases. Do not be passive, but act in an efficient manner. This includes contacting a Seattle injury attorney as soon as possible and filing your claim before the statute of limitations. Generally, promptness contributes to the strength of a claim whereas lateness diminishes it.
Not all personal injury lawyers are created equal. Some hardly develop close relations with their clients and just process claims with mediocre results. At Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., we are proud to say that our Seattle personal injury lawyers are the complete opposite.
Once Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. takes on your case, you don't have to worry about the details. We handle all the negotiations and paperwork. We work with your healthcare providers to obtain your records for a thorough understanding of your injury. Then we coordinate all your claims, deal with the negotiation of a successful settlement, and help you handle your medical and rehabilitation needs. As a value-added benefit, we assist you with property damage claims – without a fee. So, you can count on us to handle your case aggressively, while helping you heal.
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