Car accidents are harrowing experiences. They leave victims disoriented and in pain, neither of which help anyone think clearly. Our job as lawyers is to protect injury victims’ interests while they recover from the initial shock of their accident. Our hope is that this blog becomes a straightforward way to organize your thoughts. If you’ve been in a serious car accident, our blog will assume that you’ve gotten or are currently getting emergency medical attention. No matter the accident, emergency care is the highest priority.
#1: Call the Insurance Company
The first step is to notify your insurance company that you were in an accident. Do this as quickly as possibly—some companies void your right to insurance benefits if you leave a collision unreported.
#2: Start a Folder
Once a claim is started, get a file folder and write down the name of your adjuster and your claim number. This folder will become the anchor of your case over the next few months. This folder will contain all of your medical documents, receipts, information regarding any witnesses to your accident, insurance information, and other notes that are relevant to your case. If you have any information involving your accident, put it in the folder.
#3: Go See a Doctor
Emergency care is one thing—seeing your primary care physician is another. Car accidents can lead to hearing damage, soft-tissue damage, bruising, and other lingering injuries that need to be documented. A common injury, for instance, is whiplash—which may not cause you problems until your adrenaline levels are normal.
Get all the treatment you need from all relevant professionals—but ask for records of your care every time.
#4: Consider Calling a Lawyer
You might consider us biased, but having a lawyer on your side after an accident is an enormous advantage. The earlier you call one, the better. Why? Because lawyers have been through these situations countless times—they know when an insurance company is low-balling you, or when you’re missing vital information. Their guidance will help make sure you’re asking the right questions and getting the answers you deserve.
More importantly, their guidance means if you have a valid injury claim, you’ll be able to maximize the verdict or settlement. Larger financial awards helps take care of your long-term needs and covers and future medical care you’ll need following the accident. If your accident means you’ll have back problems in 5 years, accident lawyers are the ones who will make sure you’re taken care of for as long as you need to recover.
When you’re ready to talk to a lawyer, the attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are ready to listen. Our firm has won billions in verdicts and settlements for our clients—call us at (888) 493-1629 or contact us online.