Posted on: 11 November 2021Share
It's easy to feel overwhelmed after an accident. When another driver is careless, you could end up with some very serious injuries. Those injuries can mean a loss of work income, high medical bills, and untold pain and suffering. After an accident, you may suspect you need to do something to get paid but may be confused as to what to do. It's best to keep things simple and just do three things to ensure you can get paid for all the ways the accident has impacted your life.
Get Medical Treatment Immediately
No matter what type of injury you have, get professional medical help right away. It can be your own doctor or you can go to the emergency room or an urgent care facility. What matters is that you go as soon as possible and that you tell the doctor about the accident. You need to start a paper trail of evidence demonstrating that you have injuries and you saw a doctor. Follow your doctor's advice and stay in treatment until you are released by your doctor.
Keep Quiet About the Accident
You can, of course, let loved ones and close friends know about the accident, but don't go beyond that point. That means you should not post about the accident on social media sites like Facebook, Instagram, or others. Anything you say to a therapist is confidential, and many accident victims need that extra bit of help to work through the trauma of the wreck. You can also speak to your own insurance company representative about the accident; however, be sure you know that you are speaking to them and not a representative for the at-fault driver. The insurance adjuster for the other driver is very likely to call you, but should not speak to them. You can put them off until you have legal representation.
Speak To a Personal Injury Lawyer
It's vital to have a lawyer on your side when dealing with the other person's insurer. You may be offered a settlement, for example, but have no idea whether or not you could get paid a lot more than that. More than that, though, a lawyer can prevent you from waiting too long to file a claim, get your medical expenses paid, gather evidence to support your case, and get you the money you deserve after an accident. Don't wait – time could be running out. Speak to an accident lawyer today about your case.