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Insurance companies have adverse interests to your own, and they are trained on how to not pay you any money for your pain & suffering. According to a 2004 study by the Insurance Research Council, claimants get 3.5 times the amount of compensation when they're represented by an attorney than they do without. You must hire an attorney to be properly represented and to get what your case is worth.

Do not speak to the insurance company on your own!

Anything you say to the insurance company can and probably will be used against you. The insurance adjuster has been trained in getting you to make a statement that will harm your case. The insurance company has attorneys on every case. You need an accident attorney watching out for you. Contact Baumgartner Law for more information regarding your personal injury claims, and we can answer questions specific to your case.

Accident Checklist

1. If hurt, seek immediate medical treatment. Go in an ambulance if one arrives at the scene and you think you may be hurt. Often, injuries from auto accidents aren't immediately apparent and get significantly worse over the next few days. If you refuse medical treatment at the scene of the accident, this may reduce the amount of compensation you receive. If you don't seek medical treatment and later start feeling pain, go to the emergency room immediately-the sooner the better.

2. If you're not critically injured, take a few photos of the scene of the accident. Try to capture skid marks from tires, fluids leaking on the road from other vehicles, license plates of other vehicles involved, and take a few pictures of surrounding businesses. These businesses may have cameras that have captured footage of the accident, and the insurance companies know to look for these things and will request the footage. Birk Baumgartner, having worked as an attorney for insurance companies, will also get the same footage to level the playing field for his clients.

3. Never admit fault to anyone-whether it's the police or someone else. If they press you for details, say "I'm not sure." Wait until you talk to your attorney.

4. Don't disclose any of your insurance policy details with the other driver, or even with the police. Show them proof of insurance and let them know your attorney has advised you not to share additional information regarding your policy.

4. Call attorney Birk Baumgartner prior to talking with any insurance companies, even if it's your own and you believe you're not at fault.

5. Hire an attorney immediately to begin working on your case-don't delay, because critical evidence disappears quickly after an accident.