Protect Your Injury Compensation Claim and Health After an Accident

If you are injured in an accident due to the fault of another person, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. One of the first things you should do is obtain advice from an attorney experienced in personal injury compensation. Before you have had a chance to do that, the responsible insurance company may try to convince you that they will take care of everything.

Important Things to Remember Regarding Personal Injury Claims

If you sign a waiver, release or other document, you may be giving up important legal rights forever. Don't sign anything, or make statements about the accident until you have discussed it with your attorney.

The order in which medical bills are submitted to the various insurance companies that may be responsible could alter dramatically the recovery you are entitled to receive. Let your attorney advise you regarding:

  • Medical Expenses - Those incurred in treatment and those expected in the future.
  • Lost Wages - Lost time from work may be recoverable even if you are compensated with sick leave.
  • Pain and Suffering - While it is difficult to equate pain and suffering in monetary terms, this is often a substantial part of any recovery.
  • Scarring and Disfigurement - Difficult to equate to money, but can be substantiated
  • Out of Pocket Expenses - Any necessary purchase or expense resulting from your injuries.
  • Permanent Disability - If your injuries prevent future activity, you may be entitled to compensation.

Your Health is the Most Important Factor

The primary concern of everyone involved in your injury claim should be your maximum medical recovery. You should carefully relate your injuries to your health care professional so that proper treatment can be commenced. Any changes in your symptoms or complaints should be immediately relayed.

Follow all recommended medical treatment and advice. Failure to follow medical advice or seek recommended treatment will viewed by those evaluating your claim as proof that you did not suffer very much pain and that your injuries were minimal.

Your doctor, chiropractor or other health care professional needs to know your complaints so that proper treatment and documentation can follow. Keep them informed.

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