The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident
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The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

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.

The Do's and Don'ts After a Car Accident

Two Things You Can Do To Improve The Success Of Your Personal Injury Claim

Yvonne Russell

An accident is just that, an unexpected event. Although there is nothing you could do to avoid the mishap that led to your injuries, there is a lot that you can do to affect the outcome of your situation. Many people put all the power on attorneys and insurance companies when it comes to personal injury case settlement, but the victim plays an equally important role. If you were injured due to the negligent actions of someone else, learn what you can do to improve your case.

Act Fast

Every state has clear guidelines as it pertains to when you can file a claim. This guideline is known as the statute of limitation. When an accident victim exceeds this time period, they are no longer able to exercise their legal right to seek compensation, regardless of fault and their injuries. One of the most important things for victims to do is to act fast.

As soon as you have received medical treatment, remember that it is time to start making plans to file a claim. Every day that you let pass turns into weeks and then months, and your clock could expire. For this step, it is especially important to work with an attorney, as an attorney will ensure you file your claim the correct way and within the right time frame.

Follow The Doctor's Orders

Insurance companies gauge how much they will pay a victim based on the level of their injuries, and also their level of commitment to their own care. Failing to follow the doctor's orders diminishes the seriousness of your injuries, as it's difficult to claim that you're unable to work and need help if you're unwilling to do your part to improve your health. This opens the door to allow the insurance company to toss out the validity of your injuries altogether.

An insurance company could easily argue that if you're not willing to follow the prescribed medical treatment that you must not really be hurt. If your provider is telling you not to work, not to lift heavy objects, or to attend therapy appointments, make sure you follow these directions, as an insurance company can easily find out when you're not. 

When you pair your efforts with that of an attorney from firms like Hoffman, Larin & Agnetti, you put yourself on the path to success. Make certain you're doing your part and don't overlook the importance of having a professional on your team.