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First Steps After An Auto Crash

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The steps you take following an automobile crash are important to the outcome of your personal injury claim. Take care of yourself and use caution to avoid doing anything that may negatively impact your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries.

Get Medical Treatment

This may seem like the obvious first step, but it is also where many people make mistakes that prove costly when they file a car accident claim. While most accident victims go to the hospital or get the initial medical treatment they need, they may fail to go to follow-up appointments with their doctors. They may skip physical therapy sessions or delay surgeries. The insurance company may then use this as evidence that you were not as seriously injured as you claim and you should not get compensation. It is critical that you clearly explain every single symptom to your doctor and follow through with all recommended care.

Make Note Of Witnesses And Other Details

If possible, get names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the car wreck. Write down your memories of the accident, including any information about what the negligent driver was doing before the accident. If possible, take photos of the accident scene, the damage to your vehicle and your injuries before they heal. All of these details could become critical evidence in your personal injury claim.

Be Careful What You Say To The Insurance Company

When speaking with the insurance adjuster, be aware that he or she is looking for reasons to reduce or deny your claim. While it may seem natural to downplay the severity of your injuries or to put on a positive face and exaggerate your recovery, remember that such statements could be used against you. Your best bet is to avoid discussing the situation with the adjuster at all and letting an attorney represent your interests.

Stay Off Social Media

Everything you say and post on social media can and will be used against you by the insurance company and the defense lawyer. You have nothing to gain by posting on social media, so don’t.

Talk To A Personal Injury Lawyer

It costs you nothing to discuss your case with a lawyer at Brock Law Offices in Lincoln, Nebraska. Furthermore, we handle all cases on a contingency basis, which means you pay nothing unless your case is a success. Contact us at 402-327-1777 or by email at any time, whether you were recently hurt in a car wreck or have been offered a settlement and want to know if you should accept it. We will evaluate your claim honestly.