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Auto Accident

What Should You Never Do After a Car Accident?
The following are Seven Things You Should Never do Following an Accident.

  • GIVE a recorded statement to the other party’s insurance company. The insurance adjuster is not your friend and they do not have your best interest at heart.
  • SIGN any insurance company papers, medical releases or documents without first speaking to an attorney. If you sign the wrong papers, you may sign away your right to make a claim for your injuries.
  • Exaggerate or minimize your symptoms, complaints or injuries to your doctor.
  • STOP your medical treatment too soon or against advice.
  • HIDE information from your attorney. All discussions are protected under the attorney-client privilege and the attorney needs to know and problems at the outset of the case so they can be handled.
  • TALK to your doctor about what your lawyer said. As an example, if your lawyer recommends that you see a certain doctor or you may have a certain medical condition, do not share that information with your doctor because it will waive the attorney-client privilege.
  • POST anything about you accident or injuries on any social media site. Even the most generic post “ like that guy who hit me was a jerk” can hurt your claim.

What Should I Do Immediately After an Accident?
The old expression, “if you snooze, you lose” is timeless. Proactively, after an accident is rewarded in the long run. Those people who decide to adopt a “wait and see” attitude rarely have the best outcome in a claim for personal injuries.
The following are the best Action Steps that should be taken after an accident:

  • If you are physically able, call 911 from the scene. The investigating police officer will document the accident, review the scene, and hopefully speak with witnesses.
  • Get the contact information from any witnesses.
  • If you are physically able – take photographs of the accident. Most phones have a camera, if your phone doesn’t have a camera, you should keep a disposable camera in the glove box.
  • If the paramedics arrive on the scene, let them evaluate you.
  • If you feel that you are injured at the scene, allow the paramedics to take you to the hospital or doctor within 24 hours.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company.
  • Follow your doctor’s advice and treatment schedule. Do not withhold information regarding prior accidents or injuries. Insurance companies have the ability to find out if you have been in another accident.
  • Generally patients feel rushed when that go to the doctor. It is best to make a list of your symptoms, complaints and questions for the doctor’s record, it will be difficult to prove that you were injured in the accident. There is nothing worse for a case than a note from a family doctor one week after the accident that has no mention of the accident or injuries.
  • If you are not able to work because of the injury, be sure to discuss with your doctor.
  • If you are not able to work, make sure the doctor supports your decision.
  • Direct all insurance company calls to your attorney.
  • Keep a calendar or diary of the dates of your medical treatment so you can provide this information to your attorney.
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