Car accidents can be very traumatizing experiences – especially if you have never been involved in one before. If you are claiming personal injuries, it is essential that you have a knowledgeable car accident attorney on your side representing you every step of the way. An experienced car accident lawyer will be able to answer your questions and can help to streamline the settlement, negotiation, and litigation stages of your personal injury case.
If you have sustained injuries in a car accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation for all of your injuries and damages under the law. A car accident attorney will be able to meet with you and review all of the facts and circumstances of your case and may be able to help you obtain the monetary compensation that you need and deserve.
After sustaining injuries in a car accident, you should always visit a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility immediately, treat conservatively for your injuries, and make sure to treat consistently for your injuries.
Seek Immediate Follow-up Care
Car accident victims should always seek immediate, same-day medical treatment at a hospital emergency room or urgent care facility. In many cases, injuries, pain, and symptoms will not manifest themselves until well after the car accident occurs, and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Moreover, significant delays in medical treatment oftentimes have a negative impact on the value of a personal injury case. Rightly or wrongly, insurance adjusters equate failure to seek same-day medical treatment with lack of injury. Accident victims who seek follow up treatment immediately after the accident – usually by going to the hospital in an ambulance (or by having someone else drive them) – show that they are taking their medical treatment and recovery seriously.
An emergency room physician may also recommend that an accident victim follow-up with a primary care physician, begin physical therapy, or seek the services of a medical specialist. Following through with this advice is crucial to the success of a personal injury case.
Conservative and Consistent Medical Treatment
Car accident victims sometimes try to “oversell” their injuries. In fact, nothing can be more damaging to a personal injury claim than exaggerating injuries or over-treating for them. Thus, it is best for car accident plaintiffs to keep the following in mind:
- Treat conservatively for all injuries.
- Follow through with all recommendations from health care providers.
- Be clear, concise, complete, and accurate about symptoms in response to a healthcare provider’s questions about same. Do not overemphasize or exaggerate symptoms.
It is also important for injured car accident victims to attend all scheduled medical appointments, to arrive on time for those appointments, and to stay for the entire appointment.
Once an accident victim has completed medical treatment, the insurance company will usually request copies of all pertinent medical records and bills. If the insurance adjuster notices numerous missed appointments or long gaps in treatment, those deficiencies will reflect negatively on the settlement value of the case.
Contact an Alpharetta Car Accident Lawyer Today to Discuss Your Case
Personal injuries sustained as a result of another driver’s negligence in a car accident can be very serious and can potentially have lifelong impacts.
An experienced car accident attorney will have the legal expertise to negotiate with insurance adjusters on your behalf and potentially help you to obtain a favorable settlement offer or jury verdict in your case. At Mitnick & Associates, we work with accident victims throughout the Alpharetta area, including in Roswell, Cumming, Johns Creek, and Milton. To schedule a free consultation and case evaluation with a car accident lawyer, please call us or contact us online.