Take a deep breath. You have just been involved in a Motor Vehicle collision. Take a second and notice what parts of your body have been effected by the impact. Studies have shown that an impact from motor vehicle collision similar to being hit by an NFL linebacker!!
Make a police report.
This is a big one. ALWAYS make a police report at the scene if possible, and if not at the scene, go to the police station.
If you are hurt seek Medical Attention Immediately!
If you are hurt go to the ER. If you feel any pains that were not present before the accident, err on the safe side and take the ambulance to the ER to get checked out.
If you hurt a few days after the accident I also suggest going to the ER.
Always inform the DR. that you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and indicate what part(s) of your body are effected.
Keep a record of ALL medical providers/bills related to the accident.
The insurance co., will want to see not only the medical bills you have incurred as a result of your motor vehicle collision, but will also want to see the records as well.
Retain a Persoanl Injruy Attorney.
I've had many clients who have tried to settle on their own with the insurance co. Often they call me when these negotiations come to no flourition and i am now in the uncomfortable position of having to clean up the mess and garner a favorable settlement for my client.
A Personal Injury attorney has a much better chance of getting you the settlement you deserve!
Consistency in Medical Treatment
If you are doing therapy or required to attend Dr.'s appointments, make sure that you attend and follow the Dr.'s directions. Gaps in treatment dates and not following the Dr.'s directions could irreparably harm your Personal Injury Claim.
Personal Injury claims are by no means quick. You must make a full medical recovery and there is also the back and forth with the Insurance Co. If the claim goes to litigation there will be depositions and other legal hurdles.
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