There is always confusion about what to do about the injuries from a auto accident. Often, after a Pennsylvania auto accident you will be transported to the ER via ambulance, but oftentimes, there are NO apparent injuries at the scene, and you simply go home. You only realize that an injury was sustained when you awake the next day and can’t move.
Once you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible, or you could damage any future claim with an insurance company. How you deal with your injuries in the days following a car crash can change the outcome of any Philadelphia auto accident claim.
Following are recommendations from a Philadelphia auto accident lawyer for a few steps to take regarding medical treatment after an auto accident. Actually, these steps should be followed for ANY injury claim due to someone else’s negligence.
1. Seek medical care as soon as possible. This is true even if you feel okay immediately after the event, or if you think the injuries are of the type that you can treat on your own. Most personal injuries do not reveal themselves until hours or days after the injury accident. Treating on your own can severely effect the outcome of your case, so please make sure you at least go to your family doctor to get checked-out. If that individual deems it necessary, take their recommendation and go to whatever specialist they recommend.
2. Take pictures of any visible injuries sustained. Bumps, bruises, swelling, stitches, casts… anything that can document a personal injury should be photographed. Progress photographs should also be taken every few days.
3. It is a good idea to keep a journal detailing your pain and treatment, and how it is effecting your day-to-day activities. This will become helpful to refresh your memory if an auto accident lawsuit becomes necessary, and the defense attorneys want to take your deposition.
4. EVERY pain, discomfort or limitation, no matter how small, can add value to your Pennsylvania auto accident settlement. So make sure that you complain about everything to whoever is treating you so it can be documented and in your medical chart for potential medical bill recovery from an auto accident.
5. Be very leary of signing anything that any insurance company sends you, including your own. Anything you say or sign can be potentially used against you at any point of the accident claims process. I have had clients sign releases for thousands of dollars less than the case is worth. Insurance companies have no problem trying to get you to sign away your rights in exchange for what you may think is a lot of money, but it can be nowhere near the true value of your case.
If you do not have an experienced Philadelphia injury lawyer on your side every step of the way, it can be a very confusing, stressful, frustrating experience. But working with a Philadelphia Personal Injury attorney can help.