Why Do You Need to Contact an Attorney Promptly After an Accident?

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

If you have never been involved in an accident, you may not realize how helpful the early advice of an experienced attorney can be. Contacting an attorney promptly after an accident is important for a number of reasons. Attorney Trent Kerns discusses a few of these reasons in the short video below.

Why Do You Need to Contact an Attorney Promptly After an Accident 

Early Investigation

If you have been involved in an automobile accident, early investigation can be critically important. It may be necessary to preserve evidence at the accident and photograph skid marks, tire marks, and other physical evidence.

Wittnesses

People move, change phone numbers and get new e-mail addresses every day. The more time that passes between your accident and the interview of witnesses, the more difficult it may become to get into contact with these wittnesses.

Case Study

A woman was injured when the stairs on her two story wooden deck pulled away and caused her to fall. Fortunately the woman's son-in-law recommended she contact an attorney immediately. We were able to get an expert out to examine the steps right away before they were removed and were able to identify the cause which helped our client's case. The expert determined that the stairs pulling away from the deck were a result of insufficient nails and other subpar work. If we had not been able to examine the stairs promptly, they would have been torn down and we wouldn't have been able to determine that they were improperly built.

Conclusion

If you are injured in an accident, we recommend that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. It just may be the most important call that you ever make.

About The Speaker: Trent Kerns is a Partner and President of the Allen Law Firm. For over 30 years Trent has been advocating for clients who have been injured due to no fault of their own. He currently works out of the Richmond, VA Office and the Chesterfield, VA Office. In his free time Trent enjoys traveling and spending time at the river.

Knowing that there had to be some defect in the construction, design, or maintenance of the steps for this incident to occur, our product liability attorney arranged to get experts out to examine the stairway right away.  Since the experts were able to view the stairs within a matter of days following the accident, and before the stairs had been altered, removed, or repaired, the experts were able to determine that the failure was due to inadequate securing of the stairway to the decking by use of insufficient nails and other subpar work.  - See more at: http://www.allenandallen.com/blog/faq-why-do-i-need-to-contact-an-attorney-promptly-after-an-accident.html#sthash.atLGgfBX.dpuf
Knowing that there had to be some defect in the construction, design, or maintenance of the steps for this incident to occur, our product liability attorney arranged to get experts out to examine the stairway right away.  Since the experts were able to view the stairs within a matter of days following the accident, and before the stairs had been altered, removed, or repaired, the experts were able to determine that the failure was due to inadequate securing of the stairway to the decking by use of insufficient nails and other subpar work.  If the stairs had been removed, we would not have been able to determine that the steps were improperly built and were in fact in violation of the building code.  Only a prompt investigation with expert examination and photographs of the stairway before the stairs had been removed and before there had been changes made allowed the expert to determine the exact cause of the failure.   Although this is just one example it serves to remind everyone that contacting an attorney promptly is extremely important. - See more at: http://www.allenandallen.com/blog/faq-why-do-i-need-to-contact-an-attorney-promptly-after-an-accident.html#sthash.atLGgfBX.dpu
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