Insurance fraud happens every day. There are people who try to make a quick buck by faking injuries after a car accident. This practice has, at times, made it difficult for people who have had injuries set in day or weeks after a car accident to get compensation.
However, car accidents are common. They can be scary, and they can be painful. Whether you are involved in a minor accident or a major one, the impact alone can cause physical trauma to you or a loved one. Unfortunately, the body may not respond to the impact right away. However, there are actions you can take in case if your injuries show up after an auto accident.
Make Sure There Is Documentation
After an accident, be sure to contact your insurance company immediately and give them notice that there was an incident. Also, be sure that you exchange information with the other driver. It is recommended that a police report be issued so that there is legal documentation available proving the accident occurred and recording the events that led up to it.
Seek Qualified Medical Attention
When an accident occurs, your body may experience a delayed reaction. It is running off of endorphins and the excitement of the scene around you. Therefore, it is natural for the body to have a delayed reaction to what has taken place.
It is recommended that you seek qualified medical attention shortly after any accident. Doctors will look for signs of whiplash and other soft-tissue damage. Symptoms for both include dizziness, muscle spasms, and back pain.
Concussions are also known for occurring after car accidents. When untreated, a concussion can lead to other serious injuries. If you begin to notice blurred vision, have headaches, or feel sleepy all of the sudden, seek medical attention immediately.
Safeguard Your Best Interests
After a crash, avoid signing anything, with the exception of the police report, until you have seen a doctor. Keep your insurance company in the loop. Some insurance companies will try and have you sign a form that forces an immediate settlement, and this could become problematic if you continue to have medical issues after the accident.
The most important thing that you can do after an accident is take care of yourself. Follow your doctor's orders, properly take any prescribed medications, and keep up with all of your medical treatments.
Be sure to review your insurance policy regularly to safeguard your best interests. Sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself is to prepare for the worst-case scenario. In the meantime, be safe on the road!
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27 June 2016
When I was injured in a slip and fall accident a few years ago, my family and friends had a hard time relating to the things I was going through. While some people thought that my decision to file a lawsuit was frivolous, others were under the impression that I would walk away as a millionaire. Their lack of personal experience with this type of legal problem left me feeling alone during one of the most difficult times in my life. That is why I decided to start this blog so that accident victims from all over would have somewhere to come to get the information and support that they need. I truly hope that this page can be that place for you.