The way things are handled after a wreck matters. You can improve your compensation, or you can jeopardize your case by your actions. To help keep you out of trouble after a car accident that was not your fault, read on for some tips.
Don't Get in Medical Trouble
The number one issue for many accident victims is failing to seek medical treatment. They might think they don't need medical care or that it doesn't matter. When that happens, they have virtually no chance of being paid for a wide variety of things like lost wages and pain and suffering. Go to the ER, or see your doctor; don't wait too long to do so.
Don't Lose Evidence
To prove that you were hurt and missed work, you will need evidence. Don't worry – it's not as difficult as you might think to gather and hang on to accident evidence. After the accident, pay special attention to putting aside things like medical paperwork, the accident report, insurance paperwork, letters about the accident, photographs of your injuries, and more. Speak to your personal injury lawyer for more ideas on evidence preservation.
Don't Post About Your Troubles
There is too much at stake to ruin your case by posting on social media about your accident. Contrary to what some believe, nothing you post is entirely private – especially during car accident cases. Avoid speaking about the accident to anyone but close friends, family, your therapist, and your personal injury lawyer while the case is ongoing. Take a little social media break for the time being.
Get Paid for Your Troubles Using Pain and Suffering Damages
Pain and suffering is one of those accident injury forms of damage that can be more difficult for victims to understand. That is unfortunate because you can be paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for your pain and suffering after an accident. You will need to do some work to ensure that you properly record the ways the accident has affected you, though. Talk to your personal injury lawyer about how using a pain journal can be a game-changer for your pain and suffering compensation.
Don't Delay Your Case Too Long
All personal injury cases have an expiration date. Victims must take action by speaking to a personal injury lawyer or they will be unable to file a case no matter how good their case against the other driver might be. Once you speak to an auto accident lawyer, you are free to focus on healing from your injuries.