1) Call 911
Check to make sure you and your passengers are ok, then call 911.It is important that you get both the Police and Emergency Services to the accident scene. Emergency Services can immediately attend your injuries, while the Police can document vital information regarding the accident.
2) GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM
Too often, we see clients who skip going to the hospital because they don’t think they are injured or simply, they don’t want to take the time to go to the hospital. It is important that you go the Emergency Room to make sure there are no serious internal injuries you cannot see. Furthermore, if you are hurt, the Emergency Room providers will fully document and begin treating your injuries.
3) FOLLOW UP AND SEE A DOCTOR WHO SPECIALIZES IN TREATING MOTOR VEHICLE INJURIES
This may include a chiropractor, pain management, and orthopedic or rehabilitative medicine doctor. These doctors have experience and training in diagnosing and treating the types of injuries you may have. They also treat these injuries on a daily basis, and therefore, they can find injuries that other physicians might miss.
Make sure to tell your doctor about all prior and preexisting injuries you had before the accident. Gather your prior medical records from those prior accidents if possible and give them to your physician.
4) PHOTOGRAPH ALL INJURIES TO YOUR BODY AND ALL DAMAGE TO YOUR VEHICLE
Don’t rush to repair your vehicle before fully photographing all damage. Also, take pictures of all injuries you suffered in the accident, such as bruising, cuts, and airbag burns.
5) DO NOT GIVE A STATEMENT OR SPEAK WITH AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER BEFORE CONSULTING AN ATTORNEY. DO NOT SIGN ANYTHING FROM AN INSURANCE ADJUSTER BEFORE SPEAKING WITH AN ATTORNEY
An Insurance Adjuster is a individual paid by the insurance company to negotiate your claim. THE ADJUSTER’S JOB IS TO SAVE THE INSURANCE COMPANY AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE. The adjuster does so by paying you as little as possible for your claim and your injuries. Therefore, you should not speak with an insurance adjuster without an experience accident attorney on your side.
Often, an adjuster will try to get you to give a statement regarding the accident. You should not give any statement to an insurance adjuster until you have consulted an attorney. The statement is an attempt to trap you into story regarding the accident that favors the insurance company.
The adjuster will often times try to offer you an early settlement and make you sign a release of your claim. Again, it is imperative that you consult an attorney before you accept or sign anything. Often, you may have injuries and pain that has not even begun to affect you. If you settle too early before fully treating for your injuries, you may be barred from ever seeking compensation for the injuries and pain you later experience, no matter how severe. Do not sign anything or give any statement without consulting your attorney first.
6) CALL MICHAEL T. GIBSON P.A. TODAY FOR YOUR FREE ACCIDENT CONSULTATION
Remember, Insurance Companies will act fast to attempt to limit your claim for your injuries and to pay you as little as possible.
Shouldn’t you act fast to insure the best chance of recover for you and your family?