If you have been injured in a car accident and are suffering from whiplash, you may be wondering what to do next. Whiplash is a serious injury and can take time to heal. In this blog post, we will discuss the steps you need to take if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident that may have caused whiplash or any significant injury.
What you say to police officers, the other driver and bystanders can make an impact on the outcome of a legal settlement. Saying you’ll be fine or assigning blame to yourself may be a quick reaction but can lessen the severity of your case.
It is important to notify the police immediately after a car accident so that they can assess the situation and assign fault. This is the best way to help solidify that you were not the at fault driver.
It is also important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Refusing medical treatment at the scene will often negate any insurance claim because injury cannot be pinpointed to the accident. In addition, any critical injury will need immediate care. Not only will getting medical attention help you heal faster, but it will solidify all parts of your claim to be valid injuries.
Moving vehicle parts or pushing and pulling on a wrecked vehicle could cause additional damage to your injury. Unless you are saving a life, leave it to the professionals! Sometimes our adrenaline kicks in and people are able to do things that they normally are not able to do. After an accident, it is important to take care of yourself and not aggravate any injuries.
If you are able, take pictures of all vehicles involved in the accident from all angles. Gather insurance information from all parties involved. Also listen for any admission of fault by drivers and write down what they say specifically. This evidence will help your case down the line.
The value of a whiplash injury settlement is based on the total amount of your medical bills that are deemed reasonable. It is important to choose medical professionals who are Medical Doctors. The first line of treatment will likely be from emergency departments or family physicians. After that, you may be referred to orthopedists and possibly a neurologist for nerve damage. While some people think highly of chiropractic care, they are not medical doctors and their treatments may not be reimbursed.
In addition, it is important to keep track of all your expenses related to the accident. This includes doctor visits, medication, lost wages and any other expenses that you may have incurred. All this information should be documented in a journal as soon as it occurs to ensure that records are kept accurately so that you can receive full compensation.
This one is pretty straightforward – don’t post about the accident online until after you have spoken with an attorney. There are many pitfalls that come with posting about an accident, and it’s best to avoid them altogether. You may inadvertently say something that implies that your injuries are less serious than they are. The “other guys'” lawyer is looking at YOUR social media for evidence to disqualify your claim.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident and are considering legal action, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney. Attorney Ken M. Frankel has over 35 years of experience representing victims of car accidents and will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve.
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