5 Things You Need to Know if You Are Injured in a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident is a very trying time and with every accident being unique depending on the specific situation, there are 5 main things to know about your claim.
Seek needed medical attention
This seems obvious, but there are many accident victims out there that will wait to seek needed medical treatment for days and even weeks after their car accident. Waiting to seek medical attention can significantly impact the value of your claim. Most insurance companies become suspicious if you seek medical attention more than three or four days after the crash.
Follow all doctors’ orders and treatment plans
It is imperative that you follow all doctors’ orders and complete your entire treatment plan for your recovery. Not following through and completing your treatment programs can but the value of your claim in jeopardy. By not complying with your doctor’s orders will show the insurance companies that your injuries were not significant enough to warrant that treatment and could reduce your settlement.
However, regarding physical therapy and chiropractic treatment, if it is not helping after two or three visits, tell the doctor about your concerns. If it is not helping and you are still in pain, you may want to consider a different method of treatment.
Keep track of your changing limitations during everyday activities
In the days, weeks and months after your accident, you could experience limitations during your everyday life and daily activities which can impact your quality of life. Document these in photos, videos or writing. Having this noted in your medical records could help the value of your claim. In some cases, you may want to take a list in when you meet with your medical provider.
Documenting everything relating to your car accident and your claim is vital to receiving appropriate compensation. From vehicle damage to documenting the accident scene if you are able can help back up your story. Documenting your treatment plan, recovery and limitations you have because of your injuries can paint a very compelling picture to claims representatives and even jurors if your claim goes to trial.
Meet with a personal injury attorney
Meeting with a personal injury attorney shortly after your accident or when you are able, can make the difference in getting a fair settlement. Don’t wait to hire an attorney until after you get fed up with dealing with the insurance companies yourself. Your personal injury attorney should be involved in the beginning, not halfway though. This will help ensure you get a settlement that will take care of all your expenses due to your car accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident, don’t sign or say anything. Contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case. Attorney Charles V. Contrada will explain your legal options, guide you through the process.
To speak to attorney Charles V. Contrada about a car accident in Ohio or Michigan, call 419.841.4400. Charles has helped thousands of individuals with car accident claims and will explain the legal options that are available to you. Call Contrada & Associates for comprehensive legal