Being involved in an auto accident could mean that you are going to be spending time recovering from serious injuries. This means you are going to lose money from not being able to work, having to deal with car repairs and so on. If you are trying to figure out what you should or shouldn't be doing, there are a few simple tips you can follow to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
Document everything clearly and concisely.
Write down everything the medical professionals tell you in terms of diagnosis, anticipated recovery time, medications or therapy appointments. The more information you can write down, the better it is going to be for you. Keep copies of bills for medications, co-pays for the doctor or specialist, lost wages from not being able to work and anything else that you are now paying out of pocket because of the accident. This will help you when it comes time to recover money from the insurance company.
Have your doctor look at your injuries as quickly as possible.
Even if you don't think the accident was that severe or you feel that your injuries are nothing, you need to get in and get a thorough examination by your healthcare provider. Don't discount anything. They can go over your injuries and see what is really going on and how long they feel it will be before you are fully recovered and back on your feet again. This helps you know what it is that you are dealing with and allows you to go after the insurance company for compensation based on the extent of your injuries. What you might think was nothing more than a bruise or a sprain could be a hairline fracture. This is why you need to let someone who knows what they are doing take a look and form an accurate diagnosis.
Gather as much evidence as you can.
If there were any witnesses, you need to get their names and contact information in case the insurance company tries to dispute anything that happened. Pictures of your vehicle, the accident location and other surrounding conditions can all help substantiate your case and maximize your claim. This helps when trying to sue the other driver to recover compensation for all of the injuries you sustained due to the accident.
Spend some time going over everything with a car accident attorney to help make sure you get what you deserve and don't lose out on money from your claim.