What should I do after my accident?
There are several steps you should take after an accident.
- Contact the police. If a police officer comes to the scene of the accident, get their name and badge number, as well as the police report number. If the police don’t come to the scene, you may have to go to the police station to file a report. You will want a copy of the police report, as this information can be useful in your case.
- Gather all of the details. Take photos of:
- License plates
- Driver’s license
- Obtain the name and contact info of all involved, and any witnesses
- Take a video with your phone of the scene and record any details
- Seek medical attention. Even if you have only minor complaints, it’s important to see your doctor. Some injuries take time to surface, so getting a doctor’s medical opinion is important.
- Call CHASENBOSCOLO. Just dial (301) 220-0050 or fill out a free contact request form and tell our Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C., Personal Injury lawyers about your accident.
Why do I need a personal injury attorney?
Filing an injury claim can be complicated and time-consuming—especially when the insurance company refuses to pay you the money you’re entitled to. But, you don’t have to face the insurance company alone. A Maryland, Virginia & Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyer will help you navigate the legal process by talking to the insurance adjuster, helping you fill out paperwork, and fighting for your rights to compensation.
How much does a lawyer cost?
You can afford a Lawyer that Cares. CHASENBOSCOLO has the No Fee Guarantee®, which means that you won’t pay an attorney fee unless we recover money for you.
How much money is my case worth?
Each case is different, and our personal injury attorneys can’t determine the worth of your claim until we’ve fully investigated the details of your accident. We need to know how your injuries occurred, who was involved and responsible for the accident, what injuries you suffered, what treatment you received, what medical expenses you incurred, whether you lost time from work and how the accident impacted your life.
Will I have to go to court?
Not every case goes to court. Your case could be settled outside of court if the insurance company offers you a fair settlement and you decide to take the offer. If the insurance company refuses to make you a fair settlement offer, it could be in your best interest to go to court. We have more than 25 years of experience protecting victims’ rights—and so we’re comfortable standing up for our clients in the courtroom.
How long will my case take?
The length of time it takes to finish your case is affected by a number of factors, including the time it takes to get your medical records and the time it takes for you to recover from your injuries. It also depends on how long it takes to negotiate your claim with the insurance company.
Should I accept the insurance company’s offer?
You should always consult your lawyer before speaking to an insurance adjuster. Remember, the adjuster is looking out for the best interests of the insurance company—not you. You don’t have to give the adjuster a recorded statement, and you don’t have to take the first settlement offer the insurance company gives you. Our Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., injury lawyers will always take the time to get to know you. We’ll listen to your case, plan a solution and explain how we’re going to fight for you every step of the way. That’s because we always put our clients’ needs first.
Can I still recover if I was at fault or partially at fault?
Depending on the facts of your case, you may not be able to recover your damages. Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., are contributory negligence states. This means that if you were even 1 percent at fault for an accident, you will not be able to collect damages. Determining fault can be more complex than it seems. Therefore, you should never assume you don’t have a case before speaking to an experienced lawyer. At CHASENBOSCOLO, our 24/7 legal staff is here to review your case for free and help determine if you can file a claim.
I’ve already hired a law firm to handle my case. Can I change lawyers?
Yes, you have the right to change lawyers. In most cases, both attorneys will work out a fee agreement outlining how each will be paid at the conclusion of your case. If you’re thinking about hiring CHASENBOSCOLO, contact us today to find out what steps you have to take.
What types of cases does CHASENBOSCOLO handle?
From injured railroad workers to professional athletes, it’s our mission to help injured victims throughout Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.—no matter who they are. Visit our Cases We Handle page to learn about the variety of accident and injury cases we handle.
Who can file a personal injury claim?
Anyone who suffers injuries due to the negligence of another can file a claim. In cases where the injury victim dies, surviving dependents and close relatives may have the right to file a wrongful death claim. Parents or legal guardians may file personal injury claims on behalf of minors. In most cases, courts will hold settlements or jury awards until the child reaches age 18. If your child was injured in an accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO to discuss your family’s rights today.
How long do I have to file a personal injury lawsuit?
A legal deadline—or statute of limitations—specifies how long you have to file a personal injury lawsuit. The statute of limitations that applies to your case depends on a variety of factors, such as:
- The location where you were injured
- Your age at the time of the accident or injury
- The type of claim you intend to file
Don’t wait until it’s too late to get experienced legal help. Contact CHASENBOSCOLO today for an explanation of how these time limits apply to your case.