Frequently Asked Questions
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured or your property has been damaged, many important questions will immediately come to mind and it is important to act immediately to begin the presentment of your case as soon as possible. While nobody wants to find themselves in a position to consider using the services of a personal injury attorney, the lawyers at Conchin, Cloud & Cole have more than 100 years in combined experience offering knowledgeable, compassionate counsel to every client we represent, and we’re prepared to handle cases involving any type of accident or injury. Answers to some of the questions we’re asked most frequently are provided below, but for more information, please contact us immediately.
What should I do if I’ve been in a car or 18-wheeler accident?
CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY if anyone has been injured and to request the assistance of the police! Even if you believe your injuries are not serious, you should seek medical attention. The shock from a car wreck can be overwhelming and you may not feel pain immediately after the wreck, but that does not mean you are not injured.
Once everyone is safe, begin recording as many details as you can at the car wreck scene. It is important to collect and preserve this information as soon as possible. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles and write down the names and contact information of any witnesses. You should also ask the police officer for a copy of the accident report.
Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. You should tell your insurance company that you were in an accident, the date, time, vehicles involved, the other driver’s contact and insurance information, and that you were injured. However, DO NOT accept any money for your injuries without first consulting an attorney. Insurance companies often attempt to settle your potential personal injury claim for a low amount in the whirlwind aftermath of a car wreck. Make sure every correspondence with the insurance company or adjuster is in writing and keep phone messages and emails.
Following the accident, document everything you do or experience that is related to the car wreck. This should include:
- The dates of any medical treatment
- The names of doctors and facilities that treated you for your injuries
- Time you lost at work
- Feelings of pain, anxiety, sleep loss, or other issues you experience
The skilled auto accident attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole can help you recover the maximum amount of compensation for the harm suffered by you and your family. Our experiences lawyers will preserve evidence and conduct an investigation to find all potentially liable parties contributing to the accident, including possible automobile defects. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole are trained advocates who know how to protect you from being unfairly blamed for an accident and how much money is considered fair compensation for things such as pain and suffering. If you have been in a car or 18-wheeler wreck, contact us today for a free consultation and we can get to work for you.
What should I do if my home or property has been damaged in a fire, tornado, or storm?
Insurance policies are long, complex, and contain hidden requirements for you to present your property damage claim to your insurance company. Each policy is different, and it is important for you to understand some of the requirements that may be in your policy so that you can get your property replaced or repaired as soon as possible.
The first thing you should always do is immediately call your insurance company and report the damage.
Next, look for a section in your insurance policy called “Duties in the Event of Loss” or something similar. In general, these policies will require you to:
- Notify your insurance company of the damage as soon as possible and describe how, when, and where the damage occurred.
- Protect your property from further damage.
Insurance companies do not want pay for subsequent damages that could have been prevented. For example, if a tornado takes some shingles off your roof, it may be necessary to put a tarp over the missing portions so water does not damage the interior of your home. Make sure to save any receipts for the amounts you spent to protect your property from further damage.
- Create an “inventory” of your property that was damaged or lost, when it was bought, and how much it cost.
After items such as furniture, clothes, fixtures, etc. has been destroyed or damaged in a fire, tornado, or storm, it is important to write down as many details as possible of those items. This inventory will be presented to your insurance company and will be evidence of your damages.
- Once you have notified the insurance company and completed your inventory, ask the insurance company for a “Sworn Proof of Loss” form.
The form will ask you to fill out some general information about the loss and how much you believe the property that was damaged or lost is worth. Once you have completed the form, send it back to the insurance company. Make sure you make yourself aware of any time limitations that are contained insurance policy for submitting your Sworn Proof of Loss.
Insurance companies love collecting your premiums, but they do not like paying you what you deserve. They will often delay payment for as long as possible. If your home or property has been destroyed or damaged in a fire, tornado, storm, or other cause, and the insurance company refuses to pay you what you deserve, the attorneys at Conchin, Cloud & Cole are here to help. Call us today for a free consultation and we will get to work for you.