The sad truth about our world is that bad things happen every day, and they happen to anyone. One of the most common things that can derail your life is a personal injury. Personal injuries are not something to base your whole life around, but it’s crucial to know how to prevent them and what to look for. In this case, it’s understanding the ramifications that an injury can have on your life after an accident.
Anything from car accidents to work incidents, to dog bites and general slips and falls, can result in serious injuries, so it’s important to know that an accident can happen anywhere. Again, you shouldn’t live your life in fear of getting hurt by the world around you, but many people are unprepared for what can happen if you get seriously injured or hurt following an accident.
Knowing how to handle everything that life will throw at you following your accident will ensure that you can move past it and cope with the possibility of long-term damages and all of the craziness that can follow. Here are some helpful things to remember after you get hurt in an accident.
Hire a Lawyer if There is a Guilty Party
This is a good rule for anyone that suffers an accident that may be ruled as an at-fault claim. At-fault, in the case of another party that is responsible if you get hurt, accidents might result in serious bodily harm which requires extensive care, rehab, or medical costs. Paying for this out of pocket will cost you thousands, and you need to make sure that an employer or a motorist is brought to justice so you aren’t saddled with hospital bills and injury.
Vet Your Injury Lawyer Extensively
In addition to hiring a lawyer, you need to vet them extensively. Any injury lawyer off the street won’t cut it, so you have to read reviews or testimonials of clients, look into their history of cases and win rate, and see what kind of cases and clients they have represented. A good injury lawyer often comes from a good firm and has a good team with them. Do your research extensively if this is something you are going to pursue.
Receive Medical Attention Immediately Post-Accident
It should go without saying but it’s important to remember that the most vital step is getting medical attention right after your accident. Even a minor slip and fall could have unseen impacts on your body, not to mention it’s important for the entire process if you are going to make a case of it.
If it’s serious enough, you should contact emergency services right away or have someone do it for you, or you should try to get yourself to a hospital if you can manage it under your own power. Any injury sustained should be treated to give you a proper diagnosis.
Contact Your Insurance Company Quickly
You should always contact your insurance company as quickly as possible. You may have coverage for personal injury that will help foot much of if not all, the bill at the hospital but it’s also a step that is advised by the companies themselves so they can adjust your policy or help you out.
This isn’t as important as getting medical attention, as your health takes precedence, but it’s something to consider very shortly after an accident. Talking to your insurance company is the first step in filing a claim.
Report Any Relevant Information to Help With the Case
This falls under the insurance and lawyer sections but should be mentioned separately because it is very valuable in getting help after an accident. You must jot down as much relevant information that can help your case or claim. If it’s a car accident, that means writing down or relaying information on the time of day, what the other motorist or pedestrian was doing, anything that can help you justify that you were the victim.
Getting this information down, and providing it to first responders, your lawyer, and your insurance company helps give you better odds at accident resolution.
Not All Injuries From An Accident Are Physical
Broken bones, strained muscles, bruises, burns, and cuts will heal over time, but they are far from the only injuries sustained in an accident. You need to be aware that a serious injury can result in unseen trauma which may result in PTSD, anxiety, depression, and other forms of mental illness or psychotraumatic symptoms.
When receiving your medical attention, you should ask for a psych evaluation so doctors can determine if you are suffering from any unseen trauma related to the accident. Don’t suffer in silence, get the help you need.
Avoid Discussing the Case or Revealing Information
You may want to talk about your ordeal with friends, family, or post about it on social media but any lawyer and insurance company advisor will warn against this. The reason is that you may end up jeopardizing your chances of financial compensation by incriminating yourself.
Even if you were not at-fault, lawyers and insurance companies will scour through this information to try to build a case against you or dig up something from your personal life. Discussing with friends and family is even advised against under the principle that gossiping about it only creates more versions of a story, so keep quiet and only discuss with relevant parties.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask Questions
All of this information is useful for you after an accident, but you may have questions that weren’t answered here, in this case, you should always be asking questions. Ask your employer what happens next, ask your lawyer about concerns, and don’t be afraid to contact your insurance company to discuss changes that will occur. Asking questions allows you to figure out what you need to do and makes the process much easier to handle.
Accidents happen every day, to anyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be prepared in case it happens to you. Using this advice, you can be ready for the challenges that lie ahead if you are injured.
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