After an accident, a virtual time bomb is ticking. There are important steps that must be taken immediately! Witnesses must be contacted. Evidence must be collected. Doctors must be seen. The longer a person waits, the less likely this evidence is going to be around when it is needed. If this evidence is lost, the case may be worth much less because the injured party can no longer prove the things that justify a higher settlement.
This is especially true because there is a statute of limitations that limits the amount of time you have to make a claim. You don’t want to finally decide to talk to someone about your injury, and then find out some HORRIBLE NEWS – you cannot collect any money at all because you did not act in time. If you wait, you may well limit the options you have available. You may need to be seen by a specialist. Or you may need to remember events that are easy to forget, even over a relatively short period of time.
If you do nothing at all, it is likely you’ll end up having fewer legal options. You may be tempted to simply take what’s offered. You can bet that doing nothing is exactly what the insurance companies want you to do. And that is the exact opposite of what you should do. That’s because even if the cause of your accident was clear-cut, such as when you’ve been injured by a drunk driver, these big businesses are more often concerned with keeping money in their own pockets instead of helping you.
Furthermore, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident. Many people try and tough it out, even though they may be in great pain and in need of medical care. Some people are even embarrassed to ride in an ambulance. This will be used against you by the insurance company by claiming “well, if they were really hurt after the accident, why didn’t they immediately see a doctor?” By seeking medical attention, not only can you ensure you or a loved one receives prompt treatment of physical injuries. You now have proof of when their injury occurred and the severity of your injuries – two important pieces of evidence insurance companies try to disprove as fast as possible.
Let me encourage you now. Please don’t wait. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.