The Steps You Take After a Car Accident
Seek medical help — continually
Like any lawsuit, personal injury cases are won and lost on evidence. Insurance companies, which ultimately pay the victims, seek to discredit injured individuals at every step. It is therefore essential to consult with a doctor after a car accident, rather than ‘walk-off’ any injuries.
A doctor’s report provides an objective document that can be used in court to support your case. Likewise, it is important to follow your doctor’s orders throughout your recovery. Otherwise, insurers will try to prove that your deviation from your medical regimen suggests that you aren’t badly hurt.
Take pictures and lots of them
If you are hurt, one of the last things on your mind will be to prove it. Nevertheless, to the extent possible it is crucial to document all aspects of your injury. Again, this is a matter of assembling evidence should your case go to trial.
At the scene of the accident, use your phone or camera to take pictures of your injury, your vehicle, any other vehicles involved, the driver’s licenses of anyone else included, and any markings that appear in or alongside the road.
Don’t go it alone
In many cases, an insurance company will offer a victim a lump sum of money in exchange for not pursuing a claim. But insurance companies act in their interests — not in yours. They seek to pay as little as possible and offer only fractions of what they may be compelled to pay. Likewise, you should avoid making any statements to insurers that could prove harmful to your case later on.
As such, it is essential to find an attorney who is experienced in injury matters and understand how much your claim is worth.
Getting The Full Compensation You Deserve
To learn more about how to build a successful claim, schedule an appointment with our firm. You can call us at 502-290-2397 or arrange your consultation online. Initial assessments are always free.