What to Do if You Are Injured in a Car Accident

Going through the aftermath of a car accident is extremely stressful, and if you’ve been injured, it can be painful as well. Follow our handy checklist to deal with car accident injuries in the best way possible.

Get medical treatment.

First and foremost, you should seek medical treatment, even if you think that your injuries aren’t that bad. Sometimes injuries don’t seem like a big deal at first, but can escalate over time. Talk to medical professionals on the scene, be honest about your pain level, and take their recommendations as to whether or not you need to go to the hospital. When you get home, schedule follow-up treatment and check-ups with your primary care physician, and if your condition changes (i.e., you start feeling dizzy, get a headache, feel short of breath, etc.), go to the emergency room immediately.

Talk to witnesses.

If your injuries are minor, make sure you seek out any witnesses as soon as you’ve received treatment. Car accident injuries and repair work can be expensive, and witnesses can help determine liability. If you are not at fault, these people can strengthen your case so you are compensated for your injuries and damages. Get names and phone numbers whenever possible.

Take pictures.

Take pictures of yourself, your car, and the environment, preferably before the vehicles are moved from the scene. It can be annoying to other motorists if you are blocking traffic, but if you move your vehicles before the police show up and before pictures are taken, it could hurt your case later.

Call the police and file a report.

Even if the damage and/or injuries seem minor, it is important to file a police report while on the scene. The report will be important later on to prove details that you may not remember. Injuries and damage are sometimes worse than they first appear and a police report will capture all necessary documentation as to how the accident occurred, along with all involved parties’ names, contact information and insurance information.

Call your insurance company.

Whether you are at fault or not, call your insurance company as soon as possible so they can assess the damage. If other motorists are involved, you should also get their insurance information so you can speak with their insurance company or pass on this information to your insurance rep or a lawyer.

Keep detailed notes of your injuries.

As you heal, keep record of your injuries. Save receipts for every doctor visit, every prescription, and every over-the-counter medication you purchase. Follow your doctor’s orders, and make sure that your doctors note any complications that are due to the original accident. Be prepared for lawyers for the other party to refuse to pay your claims if you don’t have proper records.

In some cases, you may have lingering pain or complications for the rest of your life. If this is the case, you should speak with you doctor about your prognosis and come up with a treatment plan that can be documented.

Talk to a personal injury lawyer.

If you’re dealing with car accident injuries that are not your fault, speak to one of our personal injury attorneys right away. Dealing with the aftermath of an accident is stressful enough. You should be focusing on resting and healing, not getting a run- around from the person responsible for your injuries.

Here at Merritt Webb, we can walk you through the entire process, so you get the compensation you deserve for your car accident injuries and other damages. Contact us today to talk about your case.

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