Although a car accident is never planned, the odds are that most of us will be in one (or more) in our lifetime. In fact, according to insurance statistics, the average driver will file a car accident claim once every 18 years. Car accidents can be minor fender-benders or bigger, catastrophic events. No matter how big or small your accident is, it is an unwelcome event and can result in major issues for you and your family.
When an Injury Occurs in a Car Accident
If you are injured in a car accident, you are entitled to compensation for reasonable medical expenses, necessary loss of income, pain, suffering, inconvenience, and in some cases, permanent injuries.
Not every accident results in an injury, but injuries do occur in many accidents. From minor scratches to a medevac flight to the hospital, the level of injuries can vary. Remember that, even if you do not need to make a trip to the emergency room, you may still have an injury. Soreness, aches, dizziness, ringing in the ears, numbness, and tingling are all indications that you’ve been injured. In some cases, the injury isn’t even apparent at the accident scene; it may be hours or even days before you feel the effects.
In a car accident where others are involved, you may be more focused on their injuries and not even realize you’ve been hurt, due to the immediate stress or shock. Or you may go to sleep and wake up the next day in unbearable pain.
What to Do Following a Car Accident
Following a car accident, it is important to get yourself checked out by a healthcare provider. You can do that with the EMTs who arrive on the scene, by going to the hospital, or through a follow-up exam with your primary physician or chiropractor. They will be able to assess if you have an injury that requires immediate care or ongoing treatment.
If you are injured in a car accident, your next call should be to a qualified personal injury attorney. When you call me, I’ll walk you through those initial vital steps, including referring you to a qualified medical professional, if necessary. It’s smart to ensure that you haven’t sustained any significant injuries and, if you have, to have them addressed immediately. You do not want to play the waiting game to see if symptoms disappear in a few days.
Fees for Working with an Attorney Following a Car Accident
Working with a personal injury attorney does not cost any money upfront. As with my colleagues, I receive my payment as a percentage of your settlement. If I am unable to obtain a settlement on your case, I do not get paid.
As always, consultations are free, so be sure to call me right away following a car accident. This is the best time to start working on your case, when information is fresh in your mind and before you have made any arrangements with your insurance company.
Did you know....?
Approximately 155 persons are injured every day in car accidents in Arizona.
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