I was recently involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, since it was my first accident, I was scatter-brained and anxious. What I did not realize at the time was that the actions you take immediately after the accident can affect a personal injury case and the outcome of that case. I wanted to find a way to share my experiences and mistakes with other. Since the Internet is so popular, I figured this would be a great way to do so. While you likely aren't planning on being in an accident soon, if you are, hopefully you remember some of the tips I share on this website.
Being involved in a car accident is frustrating and overwhelming. Beyond having to deal with your personal injuries, you are also stuck having to deal with the damage to your vehicle. It takes a lot of time and patience to be able to get everything taken care of. But, how do you know that you are getting the absolute best deal possible on your settlement? With so much going on, it can be confusing trying to sort it all out. Instead of being caught in a vicious cycle, here are a few things you need to do to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
1. Go to all doctor appointments.
Regardless of whether you think you feel fine or not, you need to go to the doctor when you have an appointment. This is even more true when you have an appointment with the specialist. In going to all of the appointments on schedule, it shows that you are taking a genuine interest in your recovery. The insurance company will be able to see that you have something serious going on that needs to be taken care of. They won't be able to say that your injuries aren't severe because you will have proof of what is going on.
2. Take pictures of your injuries.
Another important thing that you need to do is to take pictures of your injuries. Documenting your injuries and the recovery phases can go a long way in negotiating your settlement amount. If you have pictures taken at various stages in the recovery process, there is no denying how badly you were hurt and how long it is taking you to recover.
3. Consult with an attorney.
You need to speak with a licensed attorney who can help guide you through the process. Don't allow the insurance company to step in and take advantage of you. An attorney will know all of the ins and outs of the process. It isn't about just getting your vehicle repaired. It is also about getting all of your medical bills paid. It is about getting compensated for your lost wages and out of pocket medical expenses. All of these things matter, so let the attorney go to bat for you making sure you get everything you are owed.
Car accidents are emotional times. You have a lot going on. Instead of stressing yourself out, let someone else handle all of the specifics of your claim so you can focus on recovering.
To learn more, contact a car accident attorney like True Guarnieri Ayer LLP.