Will You Be Protected in The Case of a Car Accident?
Car accidents are scary, chaotic events, and they are also all too frequent. What is also scary is the process you will need to embark upon after the car accident happens. You will need to understand what legal and medical needs you have- this will help protect you, your finances and your legal rights. By being adequately prepared, you can help the process go smoothly and also ensure that things will work out in your favor, especially where compensation is concerned. You may have some questions about the car accident and personal injury processes, and The King Firm is happy to help answer them. First, you need to understand just how important proper healthcare is during the personal injury process.
You Must Get a Medical Evaluation Immediately
The name of the game is timing when it comes to the personal injury process. It is very important to seek medical attention and evaluation immediately following the car accident. If you are not in an ambulance at the scene of the accident, you can and should still be evaluated following the accident. You will want to make sure this evaluation is done by a licensed medical professional. Even if it seems like not much is wrong, you will want an evaluation because some injuries can have delayed symptoms or really no symptoms at all. This is especially true in the case of brain injuries. However, if you seek immediate medical help/attention, potential injuries will be able to be identified, putting you in a much safer space.
Once you have been evaluated, you must follow through with the recommendations that the doctor gives you. If your injury does not receive the correct treatment, there is a chance that it could become worse which is bad for your health and also expensive. Also, it’s bad in a legal sense. The plaintiff (at-fault party) only has to pay out that which is due to their own negligence/fault. Meaning, if you are the cause of your injuries worsening, none of the healthcare needed to fix the deterioration will be covered, only that which was done initially by the at fault party. Sometimes, this loophole can even allow the plaintiff to not pay for some or any of the initial damage and subsequent medical bills. Trust us, you do not want that to happen.
Protect Your Legal Rights After a Car Accident
In addition to medical concerns and medical rights, a lot of victims are worried about their legal rights. That’s why it’s important to know what they are. You absolutely must file a police report to properly document what happened during the accident. This will help you establish a claim and eventually will give you a bigger shot for getting the compensation you need. The police report is often the biggest factor in a case, especially in car accident cases. You should be cooperative with the police and other individuals involved. Make sure you get all the information you need at the time of the accident so you can have it on file for when you need it in legal settings. You will probably want to make a statement to the police or other officials. Make this statement and then do not discuss it with anyone. Nowadays, some people make the grave mistake of posting it to Facebook or other social media outlets. These statements, especially if they are somewhere as permanent as Facebook, can be very detrimental to your case later on. The plaintiff, or in some cases, the insurance company, can use your statements against you. This is also where a personal injury lawyer can come in. They know the rules about everything and will tell you what you can discuss and with whom.
Other Mistakes Victims Make During the Personal Injury Process
There are certain small ways victims can hurt themselves during the personal injury process. There are many mistakes that can be made when filing a claim, establishing the other driver’s liability and handling administrative processes. A good personal injury lawyer can help you with all these tasks. Also, they can help you in deciding if you want to accept the settlement the insurance company offers or if you want to reject it. The opinion of the attorney is crucial here because they know the lay of the land and know if you are getting a good deal.
It is important to get a local personal injury lawyer because the geographical area, weather conditions and culture all contribute to the expertise an attorney may have. If you are in the New Orleans, Louisiana, area, there is nowhere better to go for personal injury attorneys than The King Firm. If you or a loved one has been injured (in a car accident or otherwise), it’s key to consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Trust the professionals at The King Firm to make sure no mistakes are made in your process for personal injury compensation.