When you are involved in a personal injury auto accident it can be a very frightening experience, but the most important thing to do is to keep calm.You must seek medical attention immediately and be careful not do anything that could jeopardize your insurance claim.Listed below are the steps you should take If you have been injured in an auto accident:
1) Call your Lawyer if possible before talking to anyone else,if you or unable to do this initially follow the steps below closely and take notes to give to your lawyer after the process is over.Do not sign any documents you don’t understand, talk to a specialist in personal injury law. Having experienced representation is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, especially in a serious accident.
2) Don’t Admit Fault Do not admit blame for the accident! Not to the other party or your passengers or the police any witnesses, or even your auto insurance agent. Even if you feel you may have been to blame for the accident, do not admit wrongdoing.Your perception of the accident could have been clouded by your emotional state so it’s best not to talk until you’re able to think clearly.First you should focus on getting the medical treatment you need and let your lawyer handle the other details.
3) Seek Medical Attention/Call an ambulance See a doctor immediately.Even though you may feel fine now or believe your injuries aren’t serious, symptoms such as pain, discomfort, dizziness, or numbness will appear in the days following the accident so it is best to get checked by a medical professional at once.Also if you wait too long to seek medical attention, it will be harder to prove that your injuries are the result of the accident. Have your doctor evaluate your personal injuries.Make sure your lawyer receives all doctor’s notes.
4) Take Pictures Take pictures at the scene (or have a friend do it if you need an ambulance) of your car, the other car involved and the scene.Make sure to include the car damages.Have a friend or relative take pictures of your injuries.Photos will be valuable evidence for your case. Cuts, bruises, and scrapes heal quickly, so getting photos immediately is a smart move. If you don’t have a digital camera, snap a few pictures with your cell phone.Submit these pictures to your lawyer.
5) Take Notes Take detailed notes regarding your medical treatment and give these to your lawyer.This information may be necessary for you to get full reimbursement from the insurance company.Jot down the names and addresses of any chiropractors, physical therapists, or other professionals you were referred to after the accident. Keep receipts for medications you were prescribed or any medical devices such as crutches that were needed.Your lawyer should help you with this file and will refer you to doctors as well.
6) Get the Police Report It is your right to receive a copy of the police report to verify that all facts regarding the accident are correct. Errors or omissions in the police report could delay your bodily injury claim.Make sure your lawyer gets this report as soon as possible 7) Make sure you use an experienced lawyer.Joseph Ostad has over 20 years experience in personal injury accident claims.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident call us today at 800-320-0080 or visit our offices in Baltimore or Rockville.