Self-Care Tips Following a Car Accident
Following a car accident, vehicles are usually damaged, and victims are faced with lost time from work and loss of transportation, all while having to deal family obligations. Here are some self-care tips that will help you evaluate whether or not you may need a lawyer.
Determine the Severity of the CrashIf police and emergency personnel are dispatched to the scene, the accident is likely serious. Victims are often taken by ambulance to the nearest emergency room or urgent care clinic for immediate treatment. Most accidents are not this severe and usually fall under the category of "fender benders." In these types of cases, but no police or ambulance are summonsed if there are no apparent personal injuries and the property damage is relatively minor. Sometimes the chaos and confusion following a crash can cause a victim to completely forget about themselves - especially if there are children in the car. Because many accident victims report no immediate pain following this type or crash, they exchange information, but often do not want to bother with the expense or inconvenience of medical treatment right away. No matter who major or minor the crash, it is always prudent to consult with a personal injury attorney to evaluate your options.
Determine the Best Course of TreatmentVictims need to listen to their body and follow intuition. While a victim may not immediately feel pain or exhibit any other symptoms, they may nonetheless be seriously injured, even if the impact from the crash was at low-speed. From a practical and a legal standpoint, seeking medical care following an accident is always a good idea. Massachusetts is a "no-fault" state, which means all motorists are required to carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) as part of their automobile insurance coverage. A PIP-compliant policy must offer at least $2,000 in coverage for medical expenses and lost wages and victims are often very relieved to know that these expenses will be covered. Waiting too long to seek medical care after an accident may result in the insurance company denying the claim. The injured party must show that the injuries were causally related to the crash and permitting a large window of time to go by without medical care may be detrimental to a claim. Many people just assume that pain will subside with time and rest, but this is often not the case. Using this rationale may allow the insurance company to use this gap in treatment to later argue that the injury was caused by something other than the accident or that the accident wasn't that serious. Personal injury attorneys are trained to evaluate your case and assess the damages so that this can be prevented.
Resolve to Practice Self-Care and Follow ThroughInsurance claims aside, self-care is something that is often overlooked and disregarded in today's society. Thinking about how to handle the matter and overanalyzing the situation will only make matters worse if you try to continue to run at a frenetic pace and ignore your body. It is okay if you don't have the answers. Say no to the commitments that are going to unnecessarily add your responsibility during the days following a crash. This is a time to focus on yourself, get the care you need, and consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to evaluate your options.