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If you’ve been hurt in a car accident, you probably have a lot of questions. The aftermath of a car crash can be very confusing and frustrating. You’ve been injured, your car is wrecked and it feels like your life has been turned upside-down. All you want is for things to go back to normal. At Gill, Welsh, and Chamberlain, P.A., our lawyers know what you are going through.

You have questions. We have answers. Our attorneys fight back against the insurance companies to help you recover the financial compensation you deserve. We’ve been helping the injured in Georgetown and Sussex County since 1983. We know how to build strong cases that get results.

Some of the questions people often have about car accidents include:

We know that you probably have many other questions, too. That’s why we offer a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident lawyers. Contact us to schedule a time that is convenient for you. There’s no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need to help you decide what to do next.

Do I need to see a doctor if I feel OK?

Following a car accident, you may feel shaken up, but otherwise seem fine. You may not think you need medical attention. It is in your best interests to see a doctor anyway. This is true for a couple reasons. One if your health. You may have suffered head injuries or internal injuries and just aren’t having any symptoms yet.

Another reason is that a doctor can document the injuries that you do have. This documentation will help your case when you seek financial compensation. If you were recently involved in a Georgetown car accident and haven’t received medical attention, we encourage you to see a doctor as soon as possible.

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Do I have to report the car accident to my insurance company?

Yes. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you need to let your insurance company know that it happened. Failing to do so could make it more difficult to recover financial compensation. We encourage you to contact them as soon as possible following your accident. Just give them the facts – for example, who was involved, what happened, and when and where.

Don’t discuss who was at fault for causing the accident or admit to doing anything wrong. If the insurance company wants to ask you more in-depth questions or requests that you make a recorded statement, politely decline. Explain that you need to talk to your attorney first. Then call our office.

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The insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I take it?

It’s not uncommon for insurance companies to contact accident victims soon after the crash with a settlement offer. They may tell you it’s the best that they can do and promise you quick payment. By this time, your bills may be adding up and you may be unable to work. Taking their offer can be very tempting.

The insurance company is only making this offer because it helps them save money. It won’t come close to providing compensation for all of the damages you have suffered. That’s why we strongly encourage you to consult an experienced car accident attorney before accepting any offer from the insurance company.

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Do I need a lawyer for my car accident?

There is no requirement for you to have a lawyer when seeking compensation after a car accident, but the insurance companies do have lawyers. They know how the process works and have the advantage when you are filing a claim for compensation. There are many tactics that they use to try to limit the compensation you receive.

That’s why it’s in your best interests to have experienced legal representation on your side. Having a lawyer makes it much more likely that you will receive the financial compensation you deserve after being hurt in an accident. We offer a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers because we think it’s important for you to know your options.

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How much money can I get?

The amount of financial compensation you can recover after a car accident depends on many different factors. These include the types of injuries you suffered, the seriousness of those injuries, the time you missed from work, other damages you suffered, insurance policy limits and many other factors.

Our lawyers will determine the total damages you suffered as a result of your car accident and can give you a good idea about the compensation you can reasonably expect. We are dedicated to helping you get the best possible outcome. Our firm has recovered millions for clients through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts.

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What damages can I receive compensation for?

In general, you can seek financial compensation for economic damages. These are damages you have suffered that can be given a specific dollar amount. Examples include your medical expenses for treating injuries, property damage to your car, lost wages if you missed time from work and loss of future earnings if you can’t return to work.

There are also non-economic damages. These are serious losses that don’t have a specific dollar amount. Examples include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and emotional distress. In some cases, we may also be able to seek punitive damages. One of our attorneys can review the details of your case and give you a better idea about the damages that apply to your case.

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When will my case be resolved?

It depends on the case. Simpler cases may be resolved in a matter of months, but a case that is more complex may take years. A complex case may be one in which there are multiple parties or a negligent party is determined to fight in court. Even in those cases, a settlement may be reached at any time.

Our lawyers are determined to help you get the best possible outcome in your case and can guide you through the legal process every step of the way. You can expect honest answers and a realistic assessment of your case. We can give you a better idea about what to expect during a free consultation at our office.

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Why should I hire your law firm?

Our firm has been helping the injured in Georgetown, Sussex County, and throughout Delaware since our founding in 1983. People come to us after an accident because they know we provide experienced legal representation and are determined to help clients get the best possible outcome in their cases.

We’ve recovered millions for clients who have been injured in car accident through negotiated settlements and jury verdicts. We’re ready to help you recover the financial compensation that you deserve. We can review the details of your accident, go over your legal options and answer your questions during a free consultation.

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