A personal injury auto accident is an overwhelming experience. You may feel as if the case will never end. In most cases, personal injury cases are resolved within two years, as this is the deadline for filing suit in most states. Keep these tips in mind for your case.
Make a Police Report
State laws require that all injury accidents be filed in a police report. A 9-1-1 call will automatically send police to the scene of your accident, and a report will be taken at the scene. If you are severely injured, you might not receive the report information immediately. You can get this later by contacting the police or the clerk of courts. The police report will include your driver license information, insurance information, name, date of birth and the type and condition of your car. It will include the details of the event and information of other drivers and vehicle occupants.
Get Emergency Treatment
When you call 9-1-1 to report the accident, be sure to request an ambulance and police assistance. Professionals, like those at Knochel Law Offices PC, know that taking care of yourself in such a situation is the most important concern. The emergency medical technicians will provide any essential treatment at the scene to stabilize you and take you to the nearest appropriate emergency room. At this point, you need to get your injuries attended to, and worry about your car and the bills later.
Seek Legal Counsel
Getting your medical bills paid for after an auto accident can be a challenge. Doctors may not want to treat you if there is a chance of a dispute of payment responsibility. Some providers may only bill you, and you may not have the cash in hand to pay. Some will not bill your medical insurance, PIP coverage, or MedPay. In these situations, it is best to seek legal counsel. You may also need a lawyer if you are cited in the accident or if your injuries were severe.
Many personal injuries require follow-up care after your initial emergency treatment. You may be prescribed physical therapy or additional treatments or procedures. Keep all of these appointments and retain all of your diagnosis and treatment documents. You will need to submit these for reimbursement from the insurance companies or have them handy for negotiating a lawsuit.
Be patient as you slog through your case. Your health is the number one priority, and you should aim for a complete physical and mental recovery. Your lawyer will keep you updated on all of the legal details about the insurance, settlements and negotiations for your injury case.
Author’s Information: Bio: Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.