When you have been involved in a car accident or other situation such as a slip and fall incident, you may think you are not seriously injured. Whether you fell and hit your head or had your neck snap back and forth after being rear-ended by another vehicle, chances are you are more seriously injured than you realize. Unfortunately, many accident victims allow there to be a significant gap between the time of their accident and when they seek medical treatment. When this happens, insurance companies have the opening they seek to deny your injury claim. If you don’t want this gap to keep you from gaining substantial compensation, take the following steps at once.
Be Treated at the Scene
When paramedics arrive at your accident scene, always allow them to examine you for any potential injuries. Since certain types of head, neck, and back injuries are notorious for not displaying symptoms until hours or even days later, don’t automatically assume you are okay. Instead, accept treatment at the scene and let yourself be taken to an ER for additional evaluation.
Watch What You Say to Insurance Companies
Several days after your accident, you likely will be contacted by an insurance company. When this happens, you may believe the company’s representative is ready and willing to help you be compensated for your injuries. However, chances are their goal is just the opposite. Instead, they will probably try to get you to say something such as “I’m fine” or “I’m sorry about the accident,” both of which will be used against you to deny your claim. In addition, they may also attempt to convince you to sign medical release forms, allowing them to gain access to all of your medical records.
Since you are now wondering how you will be able to pay your medical bills and support yourself and your family while you are unable to work, don’t let an insurance company derail your chances of gaining maximum compensation. Instead, consult immediately with trusted personal injury attorneys at Gary Phillips Accident Law to ensure your legal rights are always protected.