Car accidents tend to throw everything into a state of confusion. This is an important time for victims to take good care of themselves so they can heal from their injuries. There is more than that when it comes to using good self-care measures after an accident, though, and it concerns your legal case. If a careless driver has made a mess of your life, read on and learn more.
Medical Treatment: Not Optional
When it comes to your health, don't take any chances. Even minor car accidents can cause problems even if some of them don't surface right away. See a doctor right afterward and follow all medical advice closely. That's important not only for your health but your legal case too. Accident victims that don't get treated will face an uphill battle trying to be paid for some of their damages. For example, the insurer may only offer to pay for your medical expenses and car repair.
If you take legal action, though, you will also be paid for your lost wages and pain and suffering, two very valuable and important forms of damage. Also, if you fail to seek medical help in a timely manner, the at-fault driver's insurance company might claim you failed to properly mitigate damages, and that can put your entire case in jeopardy.
Understand the Part Pain and Suffering Plays
Your physical injuries are one thing, but that issue might pale in comparison to the havoc an accident can play on your emotional life. The trauma of both the accident and of dealing with injuries can induce a lot of mental stress and everyone knows that stress can then turn around and further complicate your physical health. To avoid this, make sure you cope with that side of things by doing the following:
- Use a pain journal to record the way you are coping with your physical and emotional issues.
- Speak to a mental health expert about dealing with your trauma. This is considered an accident-related expense.
Talk To a Personal Injury Lawyer
One of the easiest ways to improve your outlook on things is to speak to an auto accident lawyer. They can immediately relieve you of the burden of dealing with all the details and issues of your case. Without you having to do a thing, they can deal with the other driver's insurer and get you an accident settlement that covers every area of damage. Personal injury lawyers do more than take on your burden — they are efficient and experienced in coping with insurers who don't have your best interests at heart. Don't put off putting yourself first, speak to a lawyer at your earliest convenience.