Being seriously injured in an auto accident can be a catastrophic time in one’s life. You may be in a hospital or emergency center, trying to recover from personal injuries. If you are able, you or a loved one will likely be contacting family, an employer, a family doctor, and others to alert them of the traumatic accident.
In addition, consider working with a car accident law firm as soon as you are able after an accident. In the days following your car accident, you also have the right to seek legal counsel. The process begins with a no-fee consultation and accurate details of what happened.
Make an Appointment with a Doctor
If you have been released from a hospital after a few days following your accident, one of the first things you should do is make an appointment with a doctor. You may feel better after a few days in the hospital, but you may also have suffered internal injuries.
Often, injuries suffered in car accidents may not appear right away, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). Some injuries may take days later to show up, and that is when you will start to feel the full extent of your injuries. Your doctor can help you uncover any injuries that you might not know of.
A doctor can investigate your pains, find evidence of further injuries, and help you get treated medically for these injuries. More importantly, a visit to the doctor is helpful for any eventual personal injury claim, as it creates a record of your doctor visits and related treatments.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Maybe a family member already contacted your insurance company while you were in the hospital. If not, that should be high on your list of things to do following a car accident.
Report the accident, fill out the claim form, and be prepared to make some sort of payment on your deductible, depending on the type of auto insurance you have. In a no-fault state, the circumstances may be different. Your own coverage will pay for your own injuries and injuries to anyone in your car at the time of the accident.
Another thing you can do in the days following a car accident is to seek legal counsel. You have the right to hire an attorney who will handle the communications and negotiations with insurance companies. This way, you can focus on your health and recovery while an attorney handles the legal aspects of the case.
In the days following an accident, keep detailed records of what costs you’re incurring from the accident. This could include doctor fees, medical center visits, medication costs, and other costs. You will need all of these records to verify your costs in a subsequent personal injury claim.
In the right circumstances, a personal injury lawyer can discuss where you were headed in your car, what time it was, was there any mechanical difficulty with your car at the time of the crash, and other questions. During the same period, once having taken your case, the attorney will also investigate the other drivers involved in the accident. The attorney will learn about their past driving records, what condition of driving the driver was in and other evidence that can support a personal injury claim.
Consider a Personal Injury Lawyer
In the aftermath of your accident, you should start to consider a personal injury claim against the at-fault driver. In most states, you generally have a limited time to bring a lawsuit.
Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can help you to assess your situation, contact the insurance companies involved, and may use their existing relationships to seek a negotiable resolution with the parties involved.
We can help you understand your accident details and the options to seek a fair financial settlement for your injuries.
In the days following a car accident, a lawyer can help manage all the legal aspects of your case. Contact Pintas & Mullins Law Firm soon after an accident at (800) 223-5115 to discuss your case.