If you are involved in a car accident or another situation where you may try to collect damages in a personal injury suit, life can get pretty stressful in a hurry. Medical bills may start to pile up, you may need to take time off of work and you’ll also be dealing with some painful injuries. It’s impossible to eliminate all stress from this type of situation, but if you are smart about some of the steps you take after an accident, there are ways to reduce stress. In today’s blog, we share some tips for taking the stress out of your personal injury case.
Reducing Stress During Your Injury Lawsuit
If you can do these five things, we’re confident that you’ll be better able to manage stress throughout the personal injury claims process.
1. Accept And Seek Medical Treatment – We understand that you would rather just quickly and quietly put the whole situation behind you, but you absolutely need to receive medical care after a car accident or similar personal injury scenario. A professional diagnosis will set the stage for pursuing compensation, while ignoring medical attention can give the insurance company reason to deny your claim. Even if you think you’re fine, get looked at by a physician.
2. Document What You Can At the Scene – The scene of an accident can be a hectic place, but it’s important that you collect your breath and work to document evidence. Obviously getting medical attention takes precedence over this step, but if you or a passenger are able, collect some evidence before the vehicles are removed from the scene. Use your smartphone to document your injuries, damage to both vehicles, contact information for the other party and anything else that could be helpful in verifying your claim. Also be sure to get the contact information from any witnesses who can verify your version of events.
3. Call The Police – Calling the police may seem like something that adds stress to the situation, but it can help by ensuring there is an official record of the incident. It may seem like an open and shut case, but if you don’t document the accident with police and then the other driver changes their story, it’s going to be your word versus there’s, which can be stressful even if you’re in the right. Call the police and have an official accident report filed.
4. Contact A Lawyer – Of these five tips, arguably nothing is more effective at reducing and removing stress from the situation than by contacting a lawyer. They will be able to do all the heavy lifting and complex paperwork while you focus on the one thing that matters most – your health. The peace of mind that comes with knowing an expert is on your side and helping you get the biggest award for your case really helps to eliminate stress from the equation.
5. Stay Off Social Media – Finally, while a number of people turn to social media to turn their brains off and relax, it can also add stress to your injury case if you’re not careful. Avoid posting anything about the accident on social media. Anything you post on social media can be used against you in your case, and even if you think you’re not saying anything that could hurt you, that may not be how the insurance company sees it. It’s best to just avoid sharing on social media while your injury case plays out.
For more tips on how you can help take stress out of your personal injury case, or to see how we can help make the process as easy as possible, reach out to Dean and the team at Margolis Law Office today.
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