What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured In An Accident?
1. Seek Medical Attention
See a doctor immediately. Although you may feel fine now or think your injuries aren’t very serious, symptoms can appear days after the accident. At the scene, most people are in shock, scared and their adrenaline is pumping. A lot of people feel the most pain a day or two following an accident. Even in accidents involving a minor impact, you can sustain a serious and permanent injury. If you lost consciousness or were dazed for even a short period of time, you may have suffered a concussion or closed head injury. Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician.
Getting medical attention quickly isn’t just the best thing for your health; it also strengthens your personal injury claim. The longer you wait after the accident to seek medical attention, the more difficult it will be harder to prove that your injuries were from the crash. A lot of people wait to go to the doctor, thinking their injury is minor, and will go away without treatment from a doctor. That may be the case, but if it doesn’t go away, you may not be able to recover for your injury if you wait too long before going to the doctor.
2. Take Detailed Notes and Photos
Take detailed notes on your injuries and medical treatment. If you have cuts, bruises or scarring, ask a friend or family member to take photos as your injuries heal. Take photos of any braces, wraps or casts that you wear. Keep all of your accident-related documents and information together. This information should include the name and contact information for all of your doctors, receipts for out of pocket medical expenses, prescriptions and co-pays.
3. Settlement of Your Claim
Before accepting any settlement, it is a good idea to complete your medical treatment and talk to an attorney. Don’t sign any release forms or checks with releases on them before talking to an attorney. Signing a release your car insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company, relieves them of the responsibility of paying additional claims including medical bills or pain and suffering.
4. Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney
Personal injury attorneys are experienced in dealing with these claims. They can help you understand your rights and get you the highest amount possible for your claim. Call the injury lawyers at Kelly Law Offices to discuss your claim and find out if you are leaving money on the table.