Top 10 Things to do When You’ve Been in a Car Wreck
Approximately 400,000 car wrecks occur in Georgia each year, according to state government statistics. Any collision can be a disorienting, life-changing event -both physically and emotionally. Depending upon the severity of the crash, you could be facing a serious or even catastrophic injury, out-of-pocket medical expenses, missed work, months of rehab, and a totaled vehicle. So what steps should an accident victim take immediately after a crash? Review our top 10 list below.
I’ve Been Hit. What Do I Do Next?
The process for obtaining full compensation for your injuries often starts with what you do within minutes of the crash. Depending on your physical limitations at the scene, here are 10 suggested actions to protect yourself and protect your right to compensation:
Additional Post-Accident Recommendations
Most traffic accidents in Georgia involve motorists operating passenger vehicles. Again, if you are a victim of a car crash, the first priority is to get back on your feet after a period recuperation and medical attention. As your life begins to return to normal following the aftermath, here are additional, helpful tips to add to the list.
Seek medical treatment if symptoms do not clear up: If whiplash or another form of soft-tissue injury sets in a few hours or several days later after the shock or adrenaline wears off, see a doctor immediately once those symptoms present themselves. Remember that it is vital to develop a timeline establishing that a treatment protocol is directly attributable to the collision. Even on a delayed reaction and/or diagnosis basis, car accident victims are at risk for spinal cord injuries, concussions, and other disorders.
Organize documentation for efficient retrieval: As they arrive, place all accident-related paperwork such as the police report, medical bills and medical reports, and other ongoing documentation in a centralized file folder. It is especially helpful if you maintain these electronically so that when you are seeking an attorney you can forward them the documentation quickly and easily.
Don’t give a recorded statement to the insurance adjuster without first speaking with an attorney: Sometimes the insurance adjuster will ask that you give a recorded statement. That statement can be used against you later on if you decide to file a lawsuit. The adjuster is looking for a reason to not pay your claim. Consult an attorney before giving any recorded statement.
Don’t rush into a settlement: You cannot be compensated for future injuries or treatment. Make sure you have completed medical treatment before you settle so that you can be fully compensated for that treatment. You have two years in Georgia to file a lawsuit. Resist pressure from any insurance adjuster who wants you to agree to a quick settlement. Be sure to thoroughly discussed your options with a personal injury lawyer. It could take months or even more than a year before all your compensable injuries become apparent .
Reach Out to an Experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a car wreck in Georgia or Florida, contact Schneider Law, P.C. today to find out what compensation you may be entitled to. To make an appointment with seasoned personal injury lawyer, Bethany Schneider, for a free and confidential consultation, call 404-800-3060. You can also contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bethany’s experience and knowledge in handling cases in the courtroom, as well as negotiating out-of-court settlements, ensures that clients receive the highest quality representation.