The accident occurred on June 5th.The person who hit me was issued a reckless driving ticket. Prior to the collision, the driver threw a fistful of French fries into my convertible. He then deliberately rear-ended me. My neck still hurts. As I do not have health insurance, I didn't want to go to the hospital. His insurance company accepted liability for the collision The Police are charging him with a felony as he threw a'" missile" into my car. His insurance company noted that my neck hurt after the accident and that I didn't seek immediate medical attention. If I seek medical attention at this stage, can I claim costs? The Felony case is to be heard in court on the 17th July. Thanks.
No, it's not too late to make a claim. You should immediately contact a personal injury lawyer and make no further statements to the insurance company adjuster. The adjuster is paid by the insurance company and has their interests in mind; your attorney will have your interest in mind and work with you to get you the settlement amount that is in you favor. The attorney should also have some doctors he may refer you to for your care as well.
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The longer you wait to get treatment, the less credible your claim becomes. Get treatment immediately and tell your healthcare provider you were hoping the pain would go away, but it hasn't. Also, hire a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as you can and do not deal anymore with the insurance company.
You should obtain needed medical care and treatment immediately and follow the doctor's advice. Do not give any statement to the adverse party or insurance company nor grant them access to any medical records. Photograph the injuries and the damage done to any property. Contact a personal injury attorney in your area as soon as possible so that you can protect your rights. You may also find it helpful to review the Legal Guides I have published on Avvo.com dealing with many of the issues you are now facing. The Guides can be accessed through my profile page on Avvo.com.
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