Do You Know What To Do After A Car Accident?
If you or someone in your family has been hurt in a car accident, you may wonder what to do next. Should you work with the other driver’s insurance company? Should you call a lawyer? The aftermath of an accident can be overwhelming, from getting proper medical treatment to dealing with bills as they pile up faster than you can pay them.
At Mezibov Butler in Cincinnati, our attorneys understand the challenges you face and are here to help you understand what to do and what not to do to obtain the compensation you need.
3 Must-Dos After A Car Wreck
While there is a lot for you to do, these 3 items might be the most important:
Get Medical Care And Follow Up: A surprising number of people do not get medical attention immediately after a car crash. Concussions, whiplash and even broken bones may go undiagnosed. An even larger number of people neglect their follow up. They do not go to appointments as ordered by their doctor or skip physical therapy sessions. Not only can this delay healing, it can hurt a claim for compensation because the insurance company may use it to show that you are not injured.
Document Everything: If possible, get pictures of the car crash scene and gather info from other parties and witnesses, or have someone else do so for you. You may not have been in a condition to take pictures or gather information at the scene of the crash. That’s ok. Document everything you can. Take pictures of your injuries before they heal. Take pictures of your vehicle before it is repaired. Write down your recollection of what happened as accurately as you can remember.
Talk To A Lawyer: We are here to protect you from being underpaid by the insurance company. We offer free consultations and only ask for payment if you get compensation. The reality is that insurance company employees are incentivized to underpay car accident victims. We push back to get you money for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
These 3 Mistakes Can Lose You Money
Take care to avoid doing any of the following after a motor vehicle collision:
Letting the insurance adjuster manipulate you: Into saying that you were at fault or that your injuries are not that serious. It might seem like you are having a nice, friendly conversation, but the insurance adjuster is looking for information that may be used against you.
Underestimating how much your motor vehicle accident case is worth: You have probably already seen how expensive medical care is. Keep in mind that your compensation should include payment to cover all the medical bills you have gotten so far, as well as any future related bills. Then there is the issue of lost wages, past and future. One big issue people overlook is pain and suffering. This is money you should get simply to compensate you for how much you have hurt because of this experience.
Signing off on a settlement check that you are not sure is big enough: If you accept the payment, you may not be able to go back for more if the money runs out. Do not sign unless you are absolutely sure the payment will cover all your costs.
Top Reasons To Hire A Personal Injury Attorney
You may have injuries that will affect you for life. Getting just compensation can help pay medical bills and make up for lost wages, if you are unable to work. This is just one scenario where it makes sense to hire a lawyer, others include:
- The insurance company is offering a low settlement
- You need long-term medical care
- You have incurred a permanent disability
- The liability of the accident is uncertain
- There are multiple parties involved
After an accident, your focus should be on healing and recovering. Our focus is on your case and devising a legal strategy that achieves a favorable outcome and meets your goals.
You Have The Right To Recover Damages
For more than 35 years, we have successfully represented clients in a wide range of injury claims. We help individuals who suffer injuries at nursing homes and construction sites and in car, truck and motorcycle accidents recover compensation and regain control over their lives.