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Top Ten Steps After an Accident

1. GET CHECKED OUT MEDICALLY.

  • If you start to feel pain, nausea, or experience symptoms you don't normally have, get immediate medical attention
  • If you are visibly injured, of course you are going to get medical treatment.
    • Sometimes when injured in an accident, people think they should wait and see. They avoid getting medical care even if they are experiencing symptoms they did not have before the accident.
    • For example, you may have a terrible headache or be getting so stiff and sore you are having difficulty moving. You may feel like doing nothing but sleeping. You may comment to family and friends that you just don't "feel quite right". You may feel a little dizzy or light-headed as if you are going to pass out. Oftentimes, in these situations, you decide to go home and tough it out. You try to sleep it off or to wait a couple of days to see if you get feeling better.
  • Don't Wait – go see a doctor.

2. GATHER ALL WITNESS INFORMATION

  • Write down the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident including their name, phone number and address.

3. HAVE SOMEONE TAKE PICTURES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

  • Take pictures of your injuries, the accident site and any other tangible evidence.
  • Take pictures of the scene of the accident as soon as possible.
  • Take pictures of the cars involved in the crash or any other object or evidence involved in the accident.
  • Take pictures of any signs related to the accident.
  • Take pictures of your injuries resulting from the accident including bruises, scraps, cuts, etc.

4. DOCUMENT EXPENSES

Start keeping track of ALL expenses related to the accident.

  • The better you keep track of expenses related to the accident the more likely you will be able to recover those expenses.
  • For example, you should keep receipts for over-the-counter and prescription medications.
  • You should keep receipts if you have to buy medical products such as a brace.
  • You should also keep receipts for any payments you have to make to others that help during the time you are recovering.
  • For example, if you must hire or ask someone to care for your yard or clean your house. Keep track of their time and the amount you pay out so that you can be reimbursed down the road.

You must carefully track all the expenses related to the accident. These documents will help you prove your harms and losses. The better you track your expenses the more likely you will be able to recover those expenses.

5. GET ORGANIZED

KEEP ALL DOCUMENTS, PICTURES, BILLS RELATED TO THE CASE TOGETHER IN A FILE OR BOX.

  • Get an expandable file, a box or some container, to keep the information you gather over time together in the same place and organized.
  • Sometimes, it takes months to resolve a case or claim for injury. During this time, it is easy to lose track of important documents that are related to the injury.
  • Every time you get a bill, medical record, receipt or any other item associated with the accident immediately put it with the other documents you are saving.
  • This is a very necessary step in order to help you get a recovery that you deserve.

6. DO NOT TALK TO INSURANCE ADJUSTERS OR LET THEM RECORD YOUR STATEMENT.

  • Insurance companies will usually try to contact the parties involved in an accident as soon as possible after the accident.
    • This means that they will call people while they are in the hospital.
    • They will call people while they are at home taking medications such as muscle relaxers, pain pills and sleeping pills.
    • When the insurance company connects with the injured person on the phone, the adjuster will usually ask if they can record the conversation. The insurance adjuster will ask numerous questions about the accident even if the person just got out of surgery or is heavily medicated.

You do not have to talk to the insurance adjuster until you feel well.

Do not talk to the insurance adjuster if you are taking medications, recovering or if you think that you want to make a claim for injuries you received.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO TALK WITH AN ATTORNEY, DO NOT TALK TO THE INSURANCE ADJUSTER UNTIL YOUR ATTORNEY IS PRESENT TO HELP.

7. KEEP A LIST OF ALL THE DOCTORS, CLINICS, HOSPITALS AND OTHER HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS THAT YOU SEE.

You should keep a list of the contact information for all of the places that you receive treatment. This includes alternative care you receive such as acupuncture or massage, chiropractic or other similar care.

8. KEEP A CHRONOLOGY OF THE PROGRESS OF YOUR RECOVERY AND HOW YOUR INJURIES ARE IMPACTING YOUR LIFE.

Track the days that you miss work and the days that others miss work because they are caring for you.

  • Be sure to document events that you must miss such as an important meeting at work, family function or vacation.
  • If you are unable to care for your children or other family members, write down your frustrations and your feelings.

9. GET ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR CASE SO THAT YOU CAN FOCUS YOUR ATTENTION ON GETTING BACK TO GOOD HEALTH.

Dealing with an insurance company or with a big corporation CAN BE DIFFICULT.

  • You need help immediate help with your medical bills and other damages.
  • Unfortunately, the company knows what to do to minimize taking full responsibility for their negligence.
  • The company's number one goal is NOT to pay you fair compensation for your injuries.
  • Their goal is to pay out as little as possible and keep their company profits as high as they can.
  • This may be your first experience dealing with this type of situation.
  • Make sure that you don't get taken advantage of by the big guy and get an expert to help with your case.

10. CONTACT US.

The insurance companies ADMIT that attorneys get more for injured people.

  • Statistics show that people who have an attorney help them recover three and one half times more than the injured person who works directly with the company.
  • Don't be injured a second time by not getting a fair and reasonable recovery from the accident.
  • The sooner you get an attorney involved the sooner evidence can be preserved. The sooner you call, the sooner we can go to work for you.

Contact us by phone at 385-715-4900, skype or email for a free consultation so that we can assist you with your insurance company and the insurance company of the person who is at fault. .

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