The aftermath of an accident can be among the most difficult times in your life. The amount of decisions that may be necessary, coupled with the injury and suffering of the event can become a major hurdle. When you go through such an incident, making sure that you know where to turn is a major step toward recovery. Below are some guidelines for starting the process of getting your life back on track after a typical mishap. At the conclusion, we have also included more specific info for other more specific types of accidents, such as motorcycles, passenger vehicles and cruise ship vacation types of claims.
Step One: Seek Medical Treatment
First and foremost you must make sure that you are treated by medical care providers, even if you think you are ok. Visiting the hospital is an essential first step. Here the doctor can make records of your injuries, including x-rays, blood pressure, MRI’s, and other vital statistics. Even if you don’t feel like you need to visit a doctor, it could be a sign of a lingering injury that is masked by shock, or adrenaline responses to a calamity, that will fully manifest later.
Step Two: Seek Legal Counsel
Having legal representation is key early on and through this whole process. Not being covered legally could lead to an insurance company or the other party seeking to manipulate either you or the data in order to reduce or eliminate the amount of money they are liable for. Not only that, a personal injury attorney that has your best interests at heart can organize and prepare vital information needed for the case ahead.
Step Three: Loose Lips Sink Ships
As partially mentioned above, there are many tactics used to try and reduce the amount of money that you may be entitled to. Don’t share any statements– in writing or otherwise– other than your attorney and their staff. If your attorney recommends making a statement to another agency or organization, feel free. However, a slip of the tongue could sink your chances of compensation. If you accidentally did so before speaking to the attorney, please tell him or her immediately.
Step Four: Keeping Track of Every Detail
Making sure that you have every part of your life organized after an accident is not easy, but needed. With the help of your attorney, do your best to keep all appointments with your doctor and anyone else that needs to speak to you. Making sure that you keep your appointments in a timely manner will assist your case. Signing and responding to any forms and letters your attorney sends will also expedite the process– but make sure that you only sign those approved by your legal counsel.
Step Five: Keep All of the Records
Make sure that you keep all correspondence, no matter how mundane. You should also make sure to keep all records of bills and receipts related to your accident, direct and indirect. This could include doctor’s bills, pharmacy statements, repair bills, and others. Share these with your attorney as soon as possible.
Step Six: Keep Your Attorney in the Loop
You made the decision of hiring an attorney. Making sure that they are involved in every step of your recovery is necessary. Having them know how you’re feeling, if you’ve moved, if you’ve lost or changed your job, if you are unable to work or go back, doctor’s visits, and other data is all essential for the formation of an effective case.
Step Seven: Time is ALWAYS of the Essence
There’s no time to waste. The records of your injuries and deadlines in court or with the insurance company are approaching fast. Make sure that you quickly respond to all letters from your attorneys and send in any documents you need to the doctors, court, insurance, or anyone else recommended by your attorney. Don’t waste time– or it will leave you behind!
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