Take These Steps after a Car Accident
A serious car wreck can be a traumatic and stressful experience. Not only do you need to deal with the physical and emotional injuries you have suffered, but you are likely facing mounting medical expenses, repair bills, and lost income from being unable to work. Fortunately, if someone else caused your accident, you will likely be able to recover compensation for all of your accident-related losses.
Car accident victims do not get a check automatically, however. There are certain steps you need to take to protect your rights so that you are able to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled under Florida law. The most important of these are described below.
Seek Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention after a car accident, even if you do not think your injuries are particularly serious. If emergency medical personnel suggest you go to the emergency department, take their advice, and you should always see your doctor as soon as possible for a complete evaluation regardless of whether you went to the hospital. It’s critical that your injuries are treated and documented for both your health and your claim.
You should document as much information about your accident and recover as you can. If you are able to, take pictures of the aftermath of the accident while you are still at the scene and ask eyewitnesses for contact information. While you are recovering, keep all medical bills and ask your healthcare providers for copies of your medical records. In addition, keep notes about the way your injuries are affecting you. Some examples of things of which you should make note include:
- Any pain you experience
- Problems sleeping
- Family or social events you have to miss
- Feelings of depression or anxiety
Stay Away from Social Media
Social media has become an everyday part of life for many of us, and something as noteworthy as a serious car accident may certainly seem share-worthy. It’s important to remember that the insurance company is actively trying to settle your case for as little as possible and certainly isn’t above monitoring your Facebook or Instagram for posts that they may be able to use as evidence against you. For this reason, it’s probably best to stay off social media entirely while your case is pending.
Contact a Lawyer Immediately
Finally, you should call an attorney as soon as you can after an accident. A lawyer can evaluate your case, determine you have a claim, and, if you do, will communicate with the insurance company on your behalf. This can save you significant time and energy, allowing you to focus on your recovery while knowing that your case will be handled by an experienced professional familiar with helping victims recover compensation.
Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Boca Raton Car Accident Lawyer
If you have been hurt in an accident, it’s vital that you take steps to protect your legal rights. At Demand the Limits, we work tirelessly to get every client we represent the maximum compensation available. To schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call our office today at (561) 600-3555 or contact us online.