We all hope we’re never involved in a car accident, but if you find yourself in that unfortunate situation there are important first steps to ensure your safety and well-being, and that of your passengers.
The most important thing to do if you or your passengers are injured is to get help right away. Call 911 immediately and ask for an ambulance and the police.’When the ambulance arrives, use their services and go to the hospital.’ Oftentimes in the aftermath of a crash, people are in shock, or don’t think they are hurt if there is no signs of blood, broken bones or other obvious trauma. Don’t delay getting medical treatment believing you aren’t hurt ‘that badly’ or worry about how much it’s going to cost. Sometimes symptoms do not appear until hours or days later and immediate medical attention is critical.
Immediate medical treatment is essential for two reasons: most importantly, you may put yourself and your health at risk by denying or delaying medical treatment. Secondly, it is important to document the history of your injuries and how you were hurt if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim as a result of your accident. The longer you wait after the accident to seek medical treatment, the more difficult it will be to prove your complaints and injuries are related to the car accident.
When first seen by a healthcare provider at the emergency room or by another medical provider
after the accident, be specific about what hurts, where it hurts, and how it hurts. Saying ‘I hurt all over’ does not provide sufficient information to your healthcare provider to treat you properly or to adequately document your history of injury and the resulting problems and pain. Pinpoint exactly where on your body you hurt, and describe your pain in detail.
If you need follow-up care after your ER visit, see your treating doctor or a recommended specialist.’If you don’t have a treating doctor, or a specialist who can treat your injuries, an experienced personal injury attorney can provide you with recommendations for credible doctors whom are not only excellent healers, but also excellent advocates on behalf of their patient when it comes to properly documenting your personal injury claim.
Your full recovery from your injuries should be your main focus following an accident. Getting the most out of your medical treatment will help you achieve that goal.
As you’re going through the process of recovering from your injuries, document all ongoing medical treatment and expenses. It’s also a good idea to keep a journal documenting your pain, and how your personal and work life is affected by your injuries. These both can be important pieces to being fully compensated after a car accident.
If you decide to pursue a personal injury claim because of your car accident, it is critical to get an experienced attorney working on your behalf. Consultations are almost always free, and an experienced attorney can provide sound advice about your claim.’Insurance companies try to rush claims to conclusion and will try to take advantage of your inexperience with the process so an experienced attorney will be worth the cost. An experienced attorney will know how to handle claims for reimbursement by your health insurer or disability benefits insurer, will consider alternative sources of recovery and other parties whom may also be legally liable for your injuries, and knows how to obtain the monetary compensation you deserve.