One of the most important things to remember when you have been injured in a car accident is to remain calm. It is traumatic and confusing in the moments after the accident and it causes many emotions to surface all at once. Try not to let your anger or fear lead you to make poor decisions. Your first steps after an accident can affect the outcome of your personal injury claim. Keep safety in mind first and once you have been able to exit your vehicle to assess the situation here are some things to consider.
Seek Medical Attention
You may not feel as though you are injured badly enough to warrant an emergency room visit. This seems like an extra inconvenience during an already bad situation, but some symptoms appear days after an accident. You may become dizzy or have numbness or other unanticipated symptoms that left untreated could last a lifetime. Getting medical attention quickly can help your personal injury claim.
Details are important in a personal injury case. Photos of your car from all angles, both close up and far away as well as photos of your injury are extremely helpful to provide proof of your claim. Also, document with notes all of your experiences with doctors, your levels of pain and any inconveniences you encounter after your injury. Save all of your receipts for medication, equipment you may need and travel expense with regards to your treatments.
Always Call the Police
Even minor accidents can have unexpected outcome without the assistance from the police. It is vital to find witnesses with phone numbers and make sure a police report is filed. The police can assist you with this as well as document the situation correctly.
Hire the Right Attorney
Not all attorneys are suited for personal injury claims. You might make a wrong choice without first asking questions that will make the difference for your case. You should ask many questions such as the number of personal injury cases they have taken on, their years of experience, whether they represent mostly claimants or insurers and details of their expectations for your case. You should network with friends, family and colleagues to interview three to five different law firms to find one you can trust.
Start Medical Care Right Away
You may think you cannot begin medical care right away, particularly if don’t have insurance. Your attorney should be able to help you with seeking the correct medical care for your injury. If your attorney can’t help you and you are a Georgia resident contact The Injury Specialists at 404-348-4310. The Injury Specialists have over 250 medical providers that will treat you without insurance.
It is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and don’t miss any appointments. Failure to comply with medical advice or gaps in your treatment can hurt your case.
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