It doesn’t matter whether it’s a fender-bender or a head-on collision. A car crash is scary. And like any other event that causes fear, a motor vehicle accident triggers certain physiological responses designed to heighten some senses, but mask pain. As a result, symptoms of many injuries aren’t immediately apparent.
So what should you do if you’ve been in a wreck and your injuries don’t surface immediately? The Southern California injury lawyers at Steinberg Injury Lawyers explain below.
1. Be Proactive
Go to the Emergency Room or visit your own doctor even if there’s no obvious need. Barring that, seek medical treatment as soon as you notice any signs that something is amiss. These typically include but are not limited to nausea, headaches, bleeding, swelling, bruising, redness, stiffness, aches and pains.
2. Keep Medical Records
This will serve as proof of your injuries, any costs incurred for treatment. Most importantly, it will document when you sought medical treatment in relation to the accident.
3. Document Everything
Keep a diary or journal where you can document any feelings and experiences related to the accident. With regards to your injuries, it is important to document the date when you first noticed the symptoms, the extent of the symptoms and so forth.
4. Be Wary When Dealing with Insurance Companies
In many cases the adjuster for either your own insurance company or the other party’s may try to capitalize on your desire to resolve the matter without going to court. Specifically, he or she may offer to make reparations that address your immediate needs. For example, the other company may offer to cover the cost of a new car (if yours was totaled) or to pay for repairs. If you agree to an initial settlement before evidence of any injuries surfaces and before you seek medical treatment, the insurance company will not reimburse you for expenses associated with diagnosis or treatment.
5. Consult a Knowledgeable Car Accident Attorney Immediately
If you have been involved in a car accident, contact Steinberg Injury Lawyers in Southern California today at 1-800-350-8888 to schedule a free evaluation.