How Can I Best Protect My Legal Rights?
Accident victims have legal rights, and the best way to protect them is to understand what they are. Whether you were the victim of a motorcycle, auto, or slip, trip, and fall accident, you have a right to:
- Take photos. If you've been injured in an accident, you have the right to take pictures of the scene of the accident, your injuries, as well as any damage to your personal property (such as your car or home).
- Ask that the incident be documented. As an accident victim, you have the right to ask the police officer to file a report. You also have the right to a copy of the report.
- Remain silent. Make no mistake: Accident injury victims have the right to refrain from giving a recorded statement to the insurance companies—both yours, and the other person's—until you've had the opportunity to seek the opinion of an experienced injury attorney. In fact, we recommend that you never say anything to or sign anything from an insurance company until you've contacted a lawyer.
- Contact an attorney. As an accident victim, you have the right to seek advice from a lawyer and potentially collect compensation for your injuries—money for medical bills, time off work, and pain and suffering.
If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an accident, call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review. When you hire our law firm, our experienced legal team will personally handle all aspects of your case, and keep you updated every step of the way in plain language you can understand.
Your Rights as Our Client
But that's not all. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, accident injury victims have the right to:
- A free case review. When you contact our law firm, we will give you a free legal consultation that will help determine whether you have a case. We'll answer your legal questions—and you'll be under no obligation to use our services.
- Be treated with respect and dignity at all times. Our clients are people, not case numbers. You can rest assured that all of our attorneys and legal staff members will always be honest with you.
- A house call. We understand that when you've been seriously injured in an accident, traveling to one of our five office locations could be inconvenient. That's why, at Edgar Snyder & Associates, accident victims have the right to ask an attorney to come to them.
- Ask questions. Our attorneys and legal staff will take the time to answer any and all questions you have. You have the right to be updated about the status of your case—and to be told the truth, whether it's good or bad. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, you also have the right to have your lawyer explain the fees you will owe if we settle your case in your favor.
- Settle your case on your own terms. You have the right to settle your case when you're ready—not before. It's always your choice to make.
- Contact our Client Services Department with any problems. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we're proud of our track record of success. Since 1982, we've helped over 75,000 people get the compensation they deserve—money for medical bills, missed paychecks, and even pain and suffering. However, if you're unhappy with the service you're receiving at our law firm, you have a right to contact our Client Services Department at 412-394-1000.
Dealing With Insurance Companies: What to Say, What to Sign
Many injury victims mistakenly believe that they are required to give a verbal or written statement to their insurance companies following an accident. It's important for people who've been injured in accidents to understand: It's never in your best interest to go on the record with an insurance company—yours or anybody else's—before first speaking with an attorney.
If you say the wrong thing or sign the wrong paper, you could affect your legal rights and potentially damage your case.
Here's our advice—until you've spoken with an experienced injury attorney, don't say anything and don't sign anything. Sometimes, the insurance company will ask questions that you do not have the information or expertise to answer. It is also possible that the insurance companies could skew your words, and sometimes the way you perceived the accident isn't really what happened.
When dealing with insurance companies, also remember to:
- Read every document carefully before signing.
- If you have a question about what an insurance form means, don't be afraid to ask for clarification.
- When in doubt, call us for help. Our experienced legal professionals are available 24/7 to answer your questions and protect your legal rights.
The bottom line is, saying or signing the wrong thing can be devastating to your legal case. If you or someone you care about has been seriously injured in an accident, don't go it alone—call Edgar Snyder & Associates today for a free case review. We will answer all your questions, handle the insurance paperwork, and protect your legal rights. Don't delay, call us today. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain because when you call our law firm, there's never an obligation to use our services, and there's never a fee unless we get money for you.