When you’re injured in a car accident, you may be distracted by your injuries. You may be in shock or overwhelmed by the sudden and unexpected financial strain the crash caused for yourself and for your family. You may even be grieving the wrongful death of a loved one.
While juggling the stress and tension after a traffic accident, it can be easy to miss important details along your road toward treatment and recovery. However, mistakes made during the aftermath of an accident can impact the outcome of your personal injury case.
When it can be proven that the other driver was at fault, car accident victims may recover damages for pain and suffering, medical treatment and supplies, property damage, lost wages, wrongful death (if a relative or next of kin was killed in the crash), permanent disability, and attorney fees. However, failure to seek immediate treatment, failure to be transparent regarding the injured party’s medical history, and other common mistakes may weaken the victim’s claim, making it difficult to fight insurance companies that don’t want to pay more than they have to for your recovery. Wayne Wright LLP is here to help. Below are some steps you can take to build a strong case to recover the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
Strengthening Your Personal Injury Claim
Following a car crash, injured victims will have to deal with insurance companies and insurance adjusters whose goals are to spend the least amount of money on their recovery. As a car accident victim, you can prevent them from using your own actions against you by following a clear, logical path toward recovery. For your health and for your claim, we recommend that car accident victims take the following precautions:
- Get prompt medical care: When those who have been injured in a vehicle crash fail to seek immediate medical attention, their injuries may be perceived as less serious. Even when you don’t believe that you need to see a doctor, keep in mind that complications can develop following the automobile collision. Moreover, symptoms of common injuries—such as concussions—may seem insignificant, but can signify potentially serious conditions nonetheless. Complaints about seemingly minor symptoms, such as headaches, tinnitus, nausea, or blurred vision, may help a doctor identify these serious conditions before they worsen. This may also prevent you from settling on a claim before discovering these complications—saving you from paying costly medical bills out of pocket.
- Be open about your health history: Tell your doctor about any prior injuries or health conditions. Concealing your health history may impact your claim and may also impact the effectiveness and safety of your treatment.
- Follow your doctor's instructions: Seeking medical attention is the first step, but following your doctor’s recommendations is also important in recovering from your injuries and protecting your claim. It is important to pursue recommended treatment, to keep your appointments consistently, and to take any prescribed medications.
- Don’t downplay your mental health: One common mistake people make is to ignore the mental and emotional symptoms that result from the trauma of the accident or the injuries that resulted from it. Receiving early treatment for mental health conditions may help you achieve a better financial and emotional recovery from your experience.
- Communicate with your doctor: Evaluate the progress of your recovery periodically and obtain copies of any records your doctor can provide. Express how your injuries are affecting your ability to work and perform everyday activities that you enjoyed prior to the crash.
By following the steps above, you can demonstrate that you are committed to recovering from your injuries. You may also see the benefits of medical treatments more quickly and avoid complications that result from delayed treatment. To learn more about the legal issues pertaining to car accidents, check out our legal blog.