Talk to a Nashville Car Accident Attorney You Can Trust
Anytime you or a loved one are involved in an auto accident, everything happens so quickly sometimes you do not realize you are hurt. You may tell police or paramedics at the accident scene that you are “OK,” but find that several hours later you are in pain and may be seriously injured. It is ALWAYS a good idea to see a doctor right away to determine if you are injured and what those injuries might be.
By hiring a car accident attorney who you know you can trust. Mitch Grissim is a personal injury lawyer who has handled automobile accident cases for 36 years. He is Board Certified as a civil trial specialist, with the experience and qualifications you need.
At Mitch Grissim & Associates, we have the experience, skill, and resources to handle injuries at any level of severity. This includes:
Get Medical Attention
If you were in a car wreck, see a doctor as soon as possible! If you wait even a couple days before seeing the doctor, the insurance company may claim that your injuries happened during that two-day period of time – and had nothing to do with the accident.
It may sound unethical or even unnecessary, but if it means they can get out of paying you a settlement they will use any tactic they can, including stating you were not injured in this accident or you sustained injuries somewhere other than this accident.
Insurance Adjuster Tactics
If you’ve been in a car wreck, you should learn about the tactics of insurance adjusters, which don’t stop at claiming you weren’t injured in the accident. They might also pretend to be your friend and tell you that some low-ball offer really is fair. They might try to bully or strong-arm you into signing off on the offer, telling you that if you don’t sign, you’re not going to get a penny when it goes to court.
Sometimes, they’ll even try to turn everything around and blame you for the accident. They’ll say it was your fault and might even imply that you could be sued for the damages (though that’s usually an empty threat). You need to understand that it’s all just smoke and mirrors to scare you into settling fast and low.
Challenging Insurance Companies
The best way to challenge these insurance adjusters is with preparation. They don’t know your case; they’ve just given a file a quick perusal. That means the more evidence you have, the better poised you are to negotiate. Besides seeing a doctor, right after an accident, you should get the name and contact information of the other driver and all witnesses. You should call the police and file a police report. You should take as many photographs of the scene as possible, from as many different angles as possible.
In addition, you should report the accident to your own insurance company within 24 hours. Don’t try to sugar-coat what happened or spin it, but stick to the facts. You’ll probably have to repeat your story many times, and another classic insurance tactic is to try and slip you up by challenging your facts. That’s why you should always keep it very simple and straightforward, and why having a police report can help you keep your story the same.
Having a Car Accident Attorney Helps
When you need to stand up to the threats and bullying of insurance companies intent on not paying for your injuries, having a Nashville car accident attorney in your corner can make all the difference. The right attorney knows how to fight back, how to end those non-payment tactics, and how to get you the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
We’re Here for You!
Our clients can find Mitch Grissim working in his office almost any day of the work week. Accessible, attentive, and backed by a highly capable and experienced team, he personally oversees all of the cases we handle. If you call with a question, you can expect an answer usually by the end of the day.
To schedule a free consultation, call today at 615-645-3372. You can also contact us online, and we’ll get back to you with an e-mail as soon as possible.