After a Car Accident: 5 Tips to Take Care of Yourself
A motor vehicle accident is a traumatic event, regardless of whether it was a seemingly minor fender bender or a major collision. As something that suddenly and unexpectedly interrupts your usual routine, it can take days or even weeks for the full impact to be felt. Taking care of yourself in the aftermath of a car accident is important to both your physical and emotional health. The following tips can help to guide you in the actions you need to take while recovering from a car accident.
Get Medical Care Immediately
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports that of the more than 100,000 traffic accidents that occur each year throughout the state, roughly 35,000 result in serious injuries to drivers and their passengers. You should always seek medical care immediately after an accident, as potentially serious injuries can have symptoms which may take days or even weeks to appear. Common types of injuries that can have long term impacts on your health include muscle and tendon strains. Sprains, head, back, and neck injuries are also common injuries.
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Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
When visiting your doctor after a car accident, it is important to follow all their instructions to protect your health and your rights to compensation. Failing to get the appropriate testing and treatment can extend your recovery time. Failing to heed work or activity restrictions can result in additional injuries and jeopardize your rights in a potential insurance company claim or lawsuit.
Keep All Follow Up Appointments
Even minor injuries can have lengthy recuperation times, while re-injuring the site and causing even more damage is always a risk. Attend all follow up appointments so that your doctor can chart your progress and address any additional symptoms. In most cases, it takes months to achieve the maximum level of recovery and determine any lingering disabilities your injuries are likely to result in.
Keep Records of Everything
You should note down your recollections of how the accident occurred and the conditions leading up to it. And be sure to record your injuries and the ways they have impacted your health and activities. Keep all medical records and receipts for medications as well as pay stubs showing lost wages. Take photographs of your injuries, the accident scene and the damage to your vehicle. All of this may be used as evidence in settling your claim.
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Contact An Experienced Car Accident Attorney
In the aftermath of an accident, get the professional legal representation you need. Contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys act as strong legal advocates to protect your rights when dealing with insurance companies. We can gather evidence needed in support of your claim, while negotiating on your behalf to help you get the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to.