If you have been recently injured in a car accident, you're probably busy recovering from your injuries. As soon as the situation is no longer critical, however, most people's minds turn to the practical. How are you going to pay your medical bills? What is going to happen to your job? How will you support your family without a paycheck coming in?
If you were injured in an accident through no fault of your own, it is imperative you contact an attorney the minute you are physically able to. It is extremely important you have legal representation to make sure no one takes advantage of you and you can get advice on how to best handle the situation you suddenly find yourself in. Here are three things you should be aware of.
Don't Trust The Insurance Companies
Whether it is your own automobile insurance company, the supplemental accident insurance you have privately or through your employer if you become temporarily hurt or disabled, or the insurance company of the driver who caused the accident, don't trust them. None of them have your best interest at heart. Their goal is to pay you as little as possible, even if you have been a great customer, faithfully paying your premiums year after year.
When claims adjusters come around or call, asking questions and looking for more information, tell them you will need to discuss things with your lawyer first. Whatever you do, don't sign anything, even if it is just a simple statement of the facts. Again, the insurance companies' goals, even your own, is to settle claims for as little as possible, as quickly as possible. Contact an injury attorney before you do anything else.
Do What Your Doctor Says
First, don't refuse medical treatment if you are involved in an accident, no matter how minor it may be. The world is full of accident victims who thought that bump on the head was no big deal but ended up with a concussion and permanent memory issues or personality changes. Secondly, follow the medical advice to a tee. If they prescribe you medication or physical therapy, do what you are supposed to do. Don't overdo it before you have been medically cleared. For example, if the doctor says you need to stay home and rest and not go back to work, do it. Not following medical advice could come back to bite you in any future litigation.
Gather Your Evidence
Once you are physically well enough, start gathering all your documentation, paperwork, eyewitness testimonies, police report, news articles, and anything else that may be of use to you. Make sure your attorney has all the facts they need to best represent you.
Contact a personal injury lawyer for more information.