What To Do After a Car Accident Injury
The time immediately after a car accident can be painful, scary, and confusing.
It can be difficult to know where to go or who to talk to, but you do not need to go through this experience alone.
There are a few definite steps you can take after a car accident that will help you preserve your claims for compensation.
At Sabbeth Law, we have helped many clients after car accident injuries and are here to help you through the process following an accident.
Mike Sabbeth and his team are experienced personal injury attorneys – and they want to help you.
Seek Medical Treatment
The first thing you should do after an accident is to seek immediate medical treatment for your injuries. Serious injuries require attention right away to mitigate and heal before things get worse. Even minor injuries can become serious if not looked at right away. In many cases you might be suffering from internal injuries that may not be evident right away but do require immediate medical care.
In addition, medical treatment right after the accident creates documentation about your injuries. These medical records and reports are incredibly helpful when it comes to negotiating a settlement for compensation. If you wait to seek medical treatment, insurance companies will try to argue that you were not as seriously injured as you claim.
Collect Evidence From the Scene
If possible, you or someone you know should collect evidence from the scene of the car accident. You or someone else should call the police to come and create an accident report about what happened. While the police will do their own evidence collection, you should collect evidence to give to your attorney. This includes photos and videos of the scene. Include any personal injuries or property damage. Collect witness statements or their contact information so your lawyer’s investigators can talk to them later. If there is anything unique about the scene or the facts of the case, make sure to document it or collect it for later.
Hire a Personal Injury Attorney
As soon as you are able, hire a personal injury attorney to handle your case. An attorney can handle all of the intricacies of the claims while you focus on what is most important, your recovery. Your lawyer will immediately collect all of the evidence you have, along with medical records and police reports, to begin building the best possible case for you.
The lawyer also handles all negotiation and communication with the insurance companies so you don’t have to. A lawyer understands the true value of your claims and can advise you whether the settlement offered is full and fair for your injuries. If the settlement is not appropriate for your damages, a personal injury attorney can take your case to court.
In the days and months after a car accident injury, try to keep as many records as possible about your damages and recovery. This includes receipts for medical expenses and property damage as well as keeping track of wages and benefits lost at work. Try to keep a daily journal about your rehabilitation and recovery from your injuries. That can be incredibly helpful when negotiating compensation for your claims. Keep track of all medical reports and records. Include any from therapy during your recovery because you can use them as evidence towards the seriousness of your injuries.
Do Not Speak to an Insurance Company Alone
Finally, do not under any circumstances make a statement or speak with an insurance company representative without your lawyer present. Even your own insurance company may be working against you. They might try and mitigate or deny your claims for compensation after a car accident to avoid paying for your injuries.
The insurance companies are looking for any evidence or statement you make against your own best interests. They want to use these as evidence that your injuries after a car accident are not as serious as you claim. Once you hire an attorney, insurers must go through the lawyer for all communications, negotiations, and settlement offers on your case. If a statement is necessary, a lawyer can be present to make sure that everything goes right and that your claims remain protected.
Contact Our Office Today
If you were injured in a car accident in Vermont or New Hampshire, you need to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney right away. Call the office or contact us today at Sabbeth Law to schedule a free review of your claims with one of our skilled attorneys.