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10 Things You Need to Know After Your Accident

After an accident you may feel fine, but know that most injuries don’t reveal themselves for several days and many times even weeks afterwards. 

The majority of auto injuries occur in accidents under 5mph! It is common to feel fine initially because the body is still in shock then a couple weeks later you may not even be able to get out of bed due to back pain! Be sure you see a chiropractor who specializes in auto accident injuries and your medical doctor right after an accident even if you feel fine.

After an accident, it is wise to seek counsel from a personal injury attorney. They are skilled in helping you recover damages. Never try and settle a personal injury (aka auto accident) case on your own. Don’t work with the other parties’ insurance agent to settle your bodily injury case on your own, always hire an attorney. There are normally zero out of pocket expenses and you only pay a percentage of what is collected. A qualified attorney will inform you of your rights according to the state your accident took place in and will make sure you are justly compensated for your injuries, car, possessions, and passengers.

Make sure your children are protected after an accident. Is your child’s car seat ok to reuse after an accident? Find out what to do with a car seat after an accident, how to assure your children are properly evaluated for hidden injuries.

Often people make very costly mistakes when it comes to their automobile after an accident. Thousands of dollars of structure damage can occur even in a 5mph yet the car may appear to be without damage. It can be frustrating to find a reputable auto body shop, be compensated for a rental car, and to know what to do with your car after an accident.

Follow these recommended guidelines when involved in an accident

  1. You are the victim of this accident and as the victim, you may be entitled to certain benefits.
  2. You have the right to receive treatment from the medical provider of your choice for the injuries you sustained as a result of the accident.
  3. You have the right to repair your vehicle at the repair shop of your choice.
  4. You may be entitled to monetary compensation for your pain and suffering and for any wages lost from missed work and/or short-term disability.
  5. You may be entitled to a car rental if your car is inoperable or while it is being repaired.
  6. You may be entitled to compensation for mileage traveled to and from medical appointments.
  7. Your insurance carrier cannot increase your premiums for using your Personal Injury Protection or Med Pay.
  8. Even if you do not have your own auto insurance, you may still be able to receive treatment for your injuries.
  9. Time is of the essence! It is important to immediately report your accident and seek medical treatment. Symptoms of injuries sustained in the accident may take weeks to surface, but if left untreated, the injuries will only get worse.
  10. File your accident report when required by law, unless a police report was taken by an officer.

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