Not only are car accidents physically and emotionally devastating, but they can also be financially catastrophic. The more severe a car accident is, the more cost there will be, from medical bills to vehicle damage, lost wages, and more. Here’s what you need to know about obtaining compensation after being involved in a car accident.
Keep Diligent Records
One of the most important things you can do after a car accident is keep a record of literally everything. Write down what happened the day of the accident before you forget, and write down anything you say to insurance companies or anything they say to you. Take pictures of your vehicle and your injuries and make sure to get a copy of your medical records each and every time you see a doctor. Keep records of all the costs you incur that are associated with the collision. These records can make or break your case, and it’s better to have more records than you need than to realize that you don’t have something you can’t go back in time to get.
If You’re Not Ready to Go Back to Work, Don’t Go
Often, employers will pressure employees to come back to work as soon as possible, even before they are physically ready. This can be troubling for car accident victims who are inundated with extensive bills and aren’t earning any money, but going back to work too soon can backfire when it comes to obtaining compensation for your injuries. Speak with your doctor in detail about when it is safe for you to go back to work, and if you can go back, what limitations you might have. If you’re not well enough to work, don’t go.
Contact an Attorney
Remember that neither your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company is on your side. They are each trying to pay the least amount of money possible for your settlement, regardless of whether it’s fair or not. A car accident attorney will advocate for you and your loved ones and will help guide you through the confusing process of dealing with insurance companies and bringing forward a claim for compensation.
At Pepper & Odom, P.C., we have extensive experience working with car accident victims and their families. We have the skills and resources needed to zealously represent you after you’ve been injured in a collision, and we will work hard for you to obtain the full and fair compensation you deserve. Call today for a consultation at (601) 202-1111 or (205) 250-1107.