Injured in a car accident – what to do to make sure you are protected

  • No matter how serious your injuries are, you are entitled for compensation
  • Seek medical attention – some injuries’ symptoms may appear days after the accident
  • Gather information about your injuries and medical treatment
  • Seriously consider hiring a personal injury lawyer
With the sheer number of vehicles on the road these days, getting into accidents has become a serious matter that people, no matter how careful, should anticipate and prepare for. One of the more precarious outcomes during an accident, whether you’re behind the wheel or in the passenger’s seat, is the probability of being injured.
Aside from the physical pain itself, people would be saddled with medical expenses and will have to deal with loss of income. If you don’t want to be left without any options in the event of a car accident, there are a few things you need to do in order to make sure that you’re protected.

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While on the Scene

The first thing you need to do while on the scene of the incident is to call for help (police, ambulance) if it’s required by the situation and you are able to do that. Don’t ever try to drive away from an accident, your help may be required for the other party, and it can be considered as running away from liability, which could affect your chances of getting compensated and result in a criminal charge.

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Seek Medical Attention

Another important thing you need to do after an incident is to seek medical attention. Even if you feel absolutely fine, you may be suffering from soft tissue injury, which can’t be felt immediately as its symptoms appear hours or even days after the accident. If you feel any pain, discomfort, numbness, or dizziness, you could be suffering from neck strain, whiplash, or some other injury. It may be very serious because the symptoms may seem like common muscle pain or random headaches but have long-term debilitating effects.

Seeking medical attention immediately is also important in case you will need to prove to your insurance company or the court that you are in need of compensation, as the documentation involved in seeking medical attention will strengthen your personal injury claim.

Gather Documentation and Detailed Notes

Your expenses after a motor vehicle accident may be substantial. Not only will you have to deal with property damage and medical expenses, but injuries you sustain may also prevent you from functioning normally and doing your job, so you need all the financial help you can get. In order to claim monetary compensation from your insurance company or in the court, you will need to prove that you are indeed injured first. You can do this by taking detailed notes on injuries and the medical treatment you’ve received, as well as all the receipts. You should also list down the names, addresses, and contact numbers of any medical professionals that you were referred to.

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Get the Services of a Toronto Personal Injury Lawyer

Last but not the least, you should seriously consider the possibility of hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer. Even if you think you are rightfully entitled to monetary compensation, the other person involved in the car accident, and insurance companies will try to keep their related expenses down to minimum or even avoid any financial liabilities. A good personal injury lawyer will help you with proving your side as well as defend you in court applying knowledge of the law and expertise.

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