The automobile accident lawyers at David M. Lutz, P.A. have experience dealing with insurance companies, defense attorneys, taking cases to trial, and recovering fair compensation for our clients. Our auto accident lawyers represent individuals who have been seriously injured as a result of another’s negligence. Often the injuries sustained by these accident victims are fractures, herniated discs, head trauma such as brain damage, loss of use of extremities through paralysis and other serious permanent injuries.
Insurance companies do their very best to limit the amount of money that you will try to recover for your accident. They start by trying to interview you and get you to make statements. Once they have a statement, they try to work it against you. They say that they want you to get treatment (if needed) but then they set out to poke holes in your treatment regimen. We know these things and can serve as a barrier between you and the insurance companies. You can put your case in our hands and just concentrate on getting treatment and getting back to your life. Let us work the case and get you fair value. Make sure that you protect your case from the beginning. Do not give the insurance lawyers any room to tear down the strength of your case.
If you have been in an accident and been injured, please call our office to discuss your case with one of our Maryland auto accident lawyers.
Know your rights!
Protect Your Personal Injury Case
The Maryland attorneys and staff at David M. Lutz, P.A. are committed to providing you with high-quality legal services. We have helped thousands of injured people in Baltimore and throughout the state of Maryland secure the compensation they deserve for medical bills, lost wages, and bodily injuries. In order for us to represent you most efficiently and effectively, we need your assistance. Below is a list of suggestions you should follow to help ensure the success of your personal injury claim. Please read this information IMMEDIATELY.
What you should do:
- Protect Yourself and Your Claim
Do not sign anything without consulting with us first. Do not discuss your case with anyone other than our law office or your doctor. If anyone asks you questions or requests written information about your accident, tell them to call us.
- Collect and Save Evidence
Prepare a brief written statement about the incident as soon as possible. Provide specific and detailed information about the date, time, and location of the incident. Include a diagram that can help to illustrate how the accident or injury occurred. Identify witnesses and provide us with addresses and telephone numbers so that we can contact them easily. Take color photographs of your injuries including any bruising, swelling, or discoloration, and of the damage to your car or property as quickly as possible. Give the photos and negatives to us immediately. If you do not have access to a camera, let us know and we will make arrangements to take the photographs ourselves.
- Maintain a Personal Appointment Book
Write down the dates and times of all your appointments with the doctor, auto body repair shop, or other parties related to the incident or to your injuries. Keeping scheduled appointments is important. If you have any activities that you must cancel because of your injuries, please make a note of them.
- Keep Us Informed of Your Medical/Chiropractic Treatment
Provide us with the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all doctors, hospitals, and clinics that you go to for evaluation and/or treatment. When you are finished with your treatment, call us at once. Keep in mind that the insurance company or governmental agency representing the “at fault” party will only consider paying for evaluations, treatments, prescriptions, and supplies that are considered to be fair, reasonable, necessary, and appropriate.
- Keep All Bills and Receipts
If you incur any additional costs or expenses related to the incident, it is essential that you forward all receipts and bills to us for review.
- Document Lost Wages
If you are unable to go to work, make sure that you ask your doctor to give you a “disability certificate”. Please provide us with a copy of this certificate upon receipt. When you return to work, ask your employer to mail us a typed statement on company stationery/letterhead, documenting your job title/position, your dates of absence, the number of days you normally work per week, the number of hours you normally work per day, and your rate of pay including commission, if any.
See the Auto Accidents FAQ for answers to frequently asked questions.