2 Important Tips if you're injured in a Serious Car Accident

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Posted on Oct 08, 2014

After a serious accident, you may be all over the place due to the shock of what just occurred. Keeping that in mind, you may miss something-- that's why we're here. Here are some things to kep in mind after a serious accident.

1. Go to the doctor.

If you are hurt in an accident, there is no time limit to see a doctor or get medical care. But to recover from injuries caused by a negligent driver, the medical care and treatment must be related to the accident. The best advice is that if you're hurt, get checked out by a doctor-- even if it is just to make sure the injuries are not more severe than originally thought.  Use your health insurance or medical payments coverage if you have it.  Even if you need to pay for it yourself, it's worth it.  You can get reimbursed out of any settlement with the other driver's insurance.

Severe, life-changing injuries, caused by a serious accident, can require lifetime medical care and treatment. Although there is no time limit on future medical care and treatment, the present value cost of the future medical care and medical expenses must be taken into account at the time of settlement or verdict. We work with experts to make sure this is properly evaluated.

2. Follow up on treatment.

Let's say that after the accident you're taken to the hospital by paramedics, and the ER doctor who saw you recommends that you follow up with your primary physician to make sure that you're okay. Or your primary physician tells you to see a neurologist. Make sure you do

Even if you aren't feeling any symptoms at first, you should still follow up on any recommendations that doctors give you. Some symptoms might not appear until after your injury, or they might appear and go away but then return days later.

You can never be too sure, and as he saying goes-it's better safe than sorry.

And the longer you wait to get medical treatment for an injury caused by an accident, the harder it becomes to prove the injuries and treatment were caused by the accident.

Insurance companies love delays, because they know it will make it more difficult to connect the injury to the accident. You can be sure that they will take advantage of it and try and deny you fair and just compensation for the harms their driver caused. 

When you're informed about how insurance companies operate, you don't make mistakes and stay on top of your case. While these tips are helpful, if you have been involved in a serious accident, you should not go it alone. Contact us for a free consultation and let us see how we can help you. Also, make sure you get yourself a copy of our guide 7 Deadly Sins That Will WRECK Your Accident Case, its FREE.

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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