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Five Critical Steps if You’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident

The results of an auto accident can be devastating. In fact, the consequences can last longer than you expect. You can accrue a lot of medical expenses and your stress levels can also stretch to the limit. Despite your dilemma, there are five steps you can take to ensure that your recovery process is successful.

Seek Medical Attention

When you become proactive in seeking medical care, you may be able to delay further injury compared to if you don’t seek medical attention at all. This step is important because your health status and medical procedures can be documented. This will help in the verification process of your claim.

Contact Your Insurance Company

After you have received medical care, contact your insurance company to submit a personal injury claim. When you speak with an insurance representative, be sure to tell them the details of the incident and the medical treatment you have received as well as information about your follow up care. If your personal injury claim is denied, follow the next step to ensure that your legal rights are protected.

Seek Legal Assistance

This step is very important because your legal rights are at stake. If you don’t file a claim within the allotted time frame, you could risk losing your personal injury benefits forever. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in the states of Oregon and Texas is two years. This means if you miss this deadline, you may have to forego the medical treatment you need for physical therapy, medical procedures, attendant care, and compensation for lost wages.

In order to make sure that this does not happen, it is recommended that you request legal assistance from a personal injury attorney in Portland, OR, or your specific locale who can help guide you in the right direction.

Keep Information Confidential

While you may be tempted to inform everyone you know about your situation, you should keep your information confidential specifically between you and your personal injury attorney. Although it may take some time, if your case is accepted for the litigation process to be resolved, your legal and medical information should be handled with care.

Research Legal Attorney History

While every personal injury attorney commercial may sound like the ideal firm to contact, it is best to research the history and success of a personal injury attorney. You should contact a law firm that is known for treating clients with personalized attention and compassion.

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Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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