Car accident injuries can change a person’s future and the rest of their lives. Serious injuries occur every day on our roads and highways so knowing what to do afterwards is important. Taking the wrong steps can lead a person to not be compensated at all and just have to deal with their injuries as well as medical expenses on their own. You should have a written plan in case of an accident just in case you are too injured to remember what your plan of action. The following are things to keep in mind when you have been injured in a car accident of some kind.
Do Not Admit Fault
There is a chance that you could be in bad shape after an accident so you will be unable to speak to the police. In these cases medical attention is not optional so you will be taken away in an ambulance and kept under observation at the hospital. In the cases where you are able to speak to the officer on scene, do not admit fault in any way. Admitting you had a rough day, were tired, or were distracted can cause you to be at fault even though the other party would have been judged at fault. Let the officer assess the situation as they see plenty of car or rideshare accidents per year and will talk to witnesses.
Seek Medical Assistance
Even if you are slightly injured or you think you are it is important to seek medical attention. You could just have adrenaline flowing but it doesn’t mean you need to take the ambulance as this can be quite the cost. Being driven straight to the ER is another great option for those people who have nonlife threatening injuries. Calling family members to let them know where you are is important. If you have been concussed you do not want to be questioned by anybody like law enforcement officers if you are in an altered state of conscious.
Don’t Wait To Hire An Attorney
Being in pain or missing bills due to lost wages should not be paid for by you personally in an accident that was not your fault. You need to speak to a compensation lawyer to make sure you cover yourself legally as well as financially. Make sure that you get a lawyer that has been tested in settlements and also at trial. A good background of both of these things will help you get the best settlement you deserve. Legal representation knows things like time constraints and limitations when it comes to paperwork so hiring a lawyer could not be more important.
Document All Treatment and Therapy
All medical treatment and therapy should be documented along with its price. This will help a judge figure out a final number or your attorney figure out what a good settlement offer is. These medical documents will help prove that you were injured instead of having simply faking it. In cases of pain the amount of pain can be hard to put a number on as everyone’s pain and suffering is different.
As you can see there is plenty to remember after being injured in an accident. Stay calm as panicking can only make things worse.