Injured in a car accident?

What should I do if injured in a car accident?

For any injury, no matter how slight you think it might be, you need to have a qualified medical examination. The examination will help you get the medical assistance you need as soon as possible.

Who will pay for my treatment?

Ultimately, the person who caused the accident, or his or her insurance company, is responsible for paying for your treatment. Your insurance carrier will also be involved in paying your medical claims in some cases. That is why it is important to identify any medical problems caused by the accident as soon as possible.

Does the insurance company pick the doctor I have to see?

No – You can use your own doctor. No one can tell you what doctor you have to use.

What else should I do if I have been injured?

You need to keep a daily log of your medical condition. List each day any symptoms you have. Include descriptions of the pain you feel and any restrictions on your normal activities. You also need to keep a record of your trips to see the doctor or anyone else he or she sends you to see. Keep track of the mileage and the time it takes and any money you have to spend because of the trips.

What do I do if I have to take time off work?

Keep a record of the time you miss from work, even if you still get paid because you use sick or vacation time. Keep track of the amount of money you lose by not being able to work. All this time you cannot work should be paid for by the person who caused the accident.

What do I do with all the bills that come in after the accident?

Talk with your attorney about the medical bills. He or she may be able to negotiate to have them paid by the insurance company directly or, in some cases, postponed until after your case has been resolved.

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