Auto Accident Lawyer, Jonathan Gill provides compassionate and aggressive legal representation for auto accident victims from his office in Vancouver, WA for clients throughout Washington and Oregon. Since Mr. Gill takes auto accident cases on a contingency fee basis, he collects his fees only after he wins a monetary award for you.
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Vancouver, WA Auto Accident Lawyer, Jonathan Gill provides compassionate and aggressive legal representation for auto accident victims from his office in Vancouver, WA for clients throughout Washington and Oregon. Since Mr. Gill takes auto accident cases on a contingency fee basis, he collects is the only after he wins a monetary award for you.
Jonathan Gill is a auto accident attorney in Vancouver, WA at Salmon Creek Law Offices. Mr. Gill has been winning cases and securing substantial monetary awards for his clients for over 25 years. To help people who have been injured in an auto accident, Mr. Gill provides the following information and helpful tips.
What to do if you have been injured in an automobile accident:
- First, if you are injured get proper medical treatment as soon as possible following the accident. Even if you believe you did not sustain any injuries in the auto accident, you may want to monitor your condition for a few days following the crash. The adrenaline and initial shock of being in an automobile accident can conceal symptoms and conditions that resulted from the collision. Your health is your first priority.
- Second, notify your own insurance company of any auto accident to notify them immediately of a potential claim. By opening a PIP (Personal Injury Protection) claim with your own insurance company, you can ensure that your initial medical expenses will be covered.
- Third, obtain a copy of the police report, if one exists. A police report should include a brief account of the car accident, including names of witnesses, weather conditions, and citations. Police reports may also include drawings and/or photographs. A police report can be very useful in determining liability. Copies of police reports may be available through the Washington State Patrol or the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles for a fee.
- Fourth, keep a diary of how you are feeling for the days, weeks, and months following the automobile accident. Are you experiencing any restrictions, pain, or other abnormalities? You may also want to note any medical providers you are currently seeing or have seen, including the contact information of those providers. This diary could be very useful to your auto accident attorney.
How to deal with the adverse party’s insurance company after a auto accident
You may get several calls from the other party’s insurance company following an auto accident. They may ask for information, including wanting you to fill out a HIPAA (medical release) form so that they can obtain your medical records. You are under no obligation to complete their medical release form – or even talk to the adverse insurance company.
Please know, insurance companies are first and foremost businesses. Their primary purpose is to make a profit for their shareholders – not to pay out on claims. Their insurance claims adjusters are trained to pay out the least amount possible for your auto accident injuries. Often adjusters make quick cash offers shortly after the automobile accident, hoping to get you to agree to a quick settlement before you realize the full nature and extent of your injuries. Once a General Release and Hold Harmless Agreement is signed, you forever release any future claim for injuries sustained. You should talk to an attorney before signing anything an insurance company asks you to sign.
Jonathan Gill has over 25 years of handling auto accident cases and charges a contingency fee for his services. This means he only collects attorney’s fees after obtaining a successful outcome for his clients. Contact Salmon Creek Law Offices today and schedule your free consultation.