Car accident injury can lead to chronic pain, lifetime debilitation and other discomfort. If you were involved in an accident in which you were injured, it is important to take steps to preserve your right to compensation.
Dealing With Your Injury
The impact from a car accident happens fast and can create lasting harm. Car accident injuries can be quite diverse. Some common injuries caused by car accidents include:
- Neck and back injuries, which can range from minor to severe (e.g. disc injuries and whiplash);
- Shoulder injuries;
- Arm and hand injuries from impact, including fractures and sprains; and
- Leg and foot injuries.
If you suffered from these or other injuries in a recent car accident, you need to preserve evidence to make sure you get compensation to which you may be entitled. Here are some steps to take after your accident:
- File a police report as soon as possible after the accident to preserve facts and help establish fault in your case;
- Contact your auto insurance carrier and report the accident and notify them of your injury (after you have received treatment);
- Get treatment from a physician or hospital for your injuries. Make sure to keep all injury related paperwork handy and make copies of it to assist with expediting your case.
- Get a long term prognosis. Make sure you understand the likelihood of persisting symptoms. If you settle your claim without understanding the extent of injuries, you may be on the hook for expensive future medical expenses that should have been covered by your insurer.
- Even if your medical insurance pays the bills, you may still be entitled to compensation from the at fault driver's insurance, or your insurance if the driver did not have it or you carried adequate coverage.
- Even low impact accidents can result in serious injuries. If any of your body hurts or does not feel normal, make sure you get checked out by a doctor before you settle your claim.
Getting Legal Advice
An accident attorney familiar with your state laws can help you get compensation you deserve if you were injured in an auto accident. No matter what kind of injury you sustained and how bad the damage, an attorney will help you prepare your case, negotiate with the opposing counsel or an insurance agency and take your case to trial if you are not offered a fair settlement.