How Can I Maximize My Recovery After an Accident?September 23, 2019
Car accident victims often deal with medical bills, treatments, vehicular damage, lost wages, and other accident-related losses. This is often a financial burden for victims. Therefore, most victims often wonder how they can maximize their recovery after an accident.
Visiting a Medical Professional
After an accident occurs, it is important that a victim immediately visits a doctor to evaluate any potential injuries. This is an important step, even if the victim is not experiencing any extreme symptoms. Since injuries often have latent symptoms, a victim might have an injury that they are unaware of. Visiting a medical professional is an opportunity to diagnose any injuries and begin necessary treatment.
Another important reason to visit a doctor is to begin accident documentation. Being evaluated by a doctor helps to document the injuries a victim sustained. It is also important to record the treatment the victim needs to ease the injury. Keeping record of doctor’s visits helps determine the amount a victim will receive for hospital bills, treatments, and other important factors. Also, it helps a court determine how severely an accident impacted a victim’s life, which further influences the amount of damages a victim might recover. It is important to visit a doctor immediately after an accident; this is because insurance companies might argue that an injury is not as severe as a victim claims if they did not immediately visit a doctor.
Record All the Details of the Accident
After an accident occurs, a victim might be too shaken up to consider documenting the details of the accident. However, this is an important step for maximizing a victim’s recovery. A few ways to document an accident include:
- Taking photos of the accident
- Taking photos of the vehicular damage
- Keeping the police report of the accident
- Documenting injuries
- Documenting the recovery process
- Keeping record of any injury diagnoses, prescribed treatments, and medical bills related to the accident
Negotiate for a Fair Settlement
Once the victim submits a car accident claim, the claims adjuster will make a first offer to settle the claim. Victims are typically encouraged to deny the first settlement offer an insurance company makes. First offers tend to be lower than the real value of the case. To be sure, the victim should determine their accident-related losses, including medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Victims should consult the settlement offer with an attorney before deciding.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Advocate for Victims of All Types of Accidents
If you were the victim in a motor vehicle accident, please consider contacting a Baltimore car accident lawyer at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. Our lawyers work tirelessly to ensure the best interests of our clients and will obtain the compensation you rightfully deserve. Contact us online or call us at 800-547-4LAW (4529) for a free consultation today.
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