Three Important Things to Do in the Weeks Following an Auto Accident
Car accidents happen in a split second, but the effects can linger on for weeks, months, and even years. Getting through the first few hours is important, but once you’ve gotten through the immediate aftermath of a car accident, there are still some important steps you should take to make sure that your rights are being respected, and that you’re being treated fairly. Here are three things you can do in the weeks following an accident that can help ensure you’re fairly compensated:
- Keep records – Make a note of when you talk to insurance agencies, what is said, who you talked to, and other important details. Write down if your back is hurting or you’re having other health issues, when they occur, and how long and intense they are. Keep receipts and notes from mechanics for car repairs. Any and all information and documentation about your case and its aftermath can make a difference in the outcome of your case.
- Follow up on medical visits – Even if you’re feeling fine at the moment, it’s important to follow through with doctors’ visits. Issues can arise months and even years later, and a doctor can uncover them before it’s too late. For example, your accident may have caused a bulging spinal disc, but these can be symptomless for weeks, months, or even years until something occurs to force it onto a nerve root, and then it can become debilitating. If you don’t have documentation to prove that your injury is due to a car accident, having it taken care of can be troublesome – and expensive.
- If you haven’t already, contact an experienced Tampa auto accident lawyer – There is a statute of limitations on how long you can take to file a claim after an accident, so getting in touch with a lawyer quickly is important. Even if you aren’t sure if you need a lawyer, many firms offer complimentary consultations so you can go over the details of your case without having to make a financial commitment.
If you’ve been in an accident and want to discuss the particulars of your case with an lawyer, contact Tampa-based Barbas Law.