You were injured in a car accident. You contacted your insurance company, and now . . . what? You know you need to make smart decisions, and you know you need to try to make sure your insurance company does not take advantage of you. But, how do you do this, exactly?
1. Make Sure You Have a Comprehensive Diagnosis
First and foremost, you need to make sure you have obtained a comprehensive diagnosis of your accident-related injuries. Ideally, you would have seen a doctor immediately following the accident. If you have not yet seen a doctor, you should do so as soon as possible, and you should be sure to make clear which of your symptoms are accident-related.
2. Make Sure You Understand the Long-Term Impacts of Your Injuries
As part of seeking a diagnosis, you should also seek to gain an understanding of the long-term impacts of your injuries. How many procedures will you need? How long will you need to undergo physical or occupational therapy? Are you likely to experience chronic pain or permanent limitations? These are all critical factors for calculating the amount of your financial recovery.
3. Avoid Talking to the Insurance Companies (and Other Common Mistakes)
Once you report the accident, you should avoid providing any statements to the insurance companies. You need to be very careful to protect yourself, and this includes making sure you do not unknowingly say something that the insurance companies can use against you. There are a number of other mistakes you need to avoid as well, and knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do after being injured in a collision.
4. Don’t Get “Claim Fatigue”
Securing just compensation after an accident takes time. Dealing with the insurance companies is a challenge; and, from attending doctors’ appointments to meeting with your attorney, it is easy to get fatigued or feel overwhelmed. If you start to experience these feelings, you need to remember why you filed your claim in the first place: You were injured in an accident that was someone else’s fault, and you need to make sure you have the financial resources to cover your losses now and in the future.
5. Get Help from Experienced Professionals
From assessing the quality of your medical care to collecting evidence and negotiating with the insurance companies, every aspect of recovering from a car accident involves challenges that are best handled by an experienced professional. To ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your losses, you should contact a reputable personal injury law firm promptly and let your legal team handle these challenges on your behalf.
Speak With a Denver Auto Accident Lawyer for Free
If you have been injured in a car accident in the Denver area, you can contact our law offices for a free, no-obligation consultation. To speak with an experienced attorney about your case in confidence, call (303) 333-8000 or contact the firm online today.