The unfortunate scene of an auto accident is chaotic, stressful, and for most people – unprecedented. Our Missouri car accident injury lawyers know this because of the horror stories told by our clients. Most motorists recognize the importance of having and exchanging insurance information at the scene and calling the police if necessary. Sometimes photographs are taken immediately of a damaged car. These simple steps ensure that proper documentation is taken at the scene for fault and damage to a vehicle, should a problem arise in the future. Often times when being involved in an auto accident, people are so focused at the scene to get their vehicles taken care of and may tend to brush off any pain or injury they notice. This can be a critical mistake for a future injury claim as a result of your motor vehicle crash.
Follow the simple ideas below to avoid this costly mistake:
*Verbally express to police or emergency responders any pain you are experiencing. First responders are trained to focus on your physical well being after an accident, when you might not be thinking clearly yourself. Verbalizing any site of pain on your body helps these professionals to recognize any physical danger you may be in and are able to take the appropriate steps for your safety. Telling a police officer the onset of any pain you are experiencing typically ends up documented in a police report. Written documentation of immediate onset of injury suspicion validates your claim for injury.
*Seek all recommended medical attention. If an ambulance is called for you at the scene, take it. If your primary care doctor recommends you seek additional medical treatment such as physical therapy, get it. Again, medical professionals know what is best for your body's recovery post-automobile crash. Whether your injury has affected your bones, muscles, or joints is best determined by doctors in the appropriate setting.
*Don't waste any time. Lapses in time between medical care or pursuit of compensation can potentially damage your claim. Insurance companies will argue that a gap in medical treatment means that you weren't hurt enough to need or seek treatment. They will argue that a gap in seeking legal representation for compensation means that you were injured doing something else in the meantime and does not correlate with the accident. No matter how untrue these accusations are, documentation of stagnant periods of time decreases the value of your claim.
*Do not prematurely settle your injury claim. Insurance companies will rush you in to settling your claim, providing a low settlement amount in an enticing way. Do not be fooled by the value of your claim. Medical bills and expenses quickly add up and will be your own responsibility after settling on any amount. Seeking legal assistance is a sure way to guarantee you do not settle your claim too early. Seek all medical attention and size up all outstanding and future expenses as a result of an auto crash. This total amount is the lowest possible number you should settle for.
I encourage you to contact the best personal injury lawyer in St. Louis to discuss details of your potential claim and learn how we may be able to assist you. Consultations with a good lawyer should be free and you are under no obligation after talking to one. If you wish to speak with aninjury lawyer at our law firm, we will meet with you in your home, office, or at our office...whichever location is most convenient for you.