First Steps After A Motor Vehicle Accident

On behalf of James L. Arruebarrena, L.L.C. posted in Injuries on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

The hours and days and weeks following a motor vehicle wreck can be painful, stressful and hectic. Here are some important steps to take to protect yourself if you have been hurt in the accident and need to file a personal injury claim.

Get Medical Care

While this seems obvious, the fact is that medical treatment costs money. Many people who have been injured in car, truck or motorcycle accidents avoid treatment because of financial concerns. They may skip follow-up visits with their doctor, delay testing or reschedule surgeries because they are worried about how to pay for the care.

Unfortunately, this may have a negative impact on the personal injury claim. The insurance company may try to use it as proof that the injuries are not serious in an attempt to avoid paying compensation. That is why it is critical that you get the medical care you need as soon as possible and work with an experienced lawyer to help you pursue compensation to cover the cost of the care.

When you talk to your doctor, communicate all of your symptoms clearly. Ask that your doctor document everything that is discussed during your appointment, as it may become important in your personal injury claim.

Document Everything That Happened

As soon as you are able to, write down everything that you remember about the auto accident. The more detailed you can be, the better. Record the names and numbers of anyone who was involved or who witnessed the accident. Take note of your injuries and make sure you discuss them all with your doctor.

While you may not have been able to take pictures at the scene of the accident, make sure you get pictures of your vehicle before it is repaired or scrapped. Every detail can strengthen your claim.

Be Careful What You Say And What You Sign

Particularly in conversations with the police and the insurance company, be very cautious what you say. Focus on the facts. Do not admit guilt and do not speculate about how the motor vehicle accident happened. Do not downplay the extent of your injuries. If your injuries have not been fully diagnosed by your doctor, do not try to explain what is wrong.

Look carefully at any document you are asked to sign. You do not want to waive your right to pursue compensation. You do not want to accept a settlement that may not be sufficient to cover all your medical bills. You have the right to have a lawyer review documentation to make certain your interests are protected.

Get An Attorney

Attorney James Arruebarrena starts every case with a free consultation. Personal injury claims are handled on a contingent fee basis. You pay nothing unless you get compensation for your injuries.