Here's What You Should Know Car Accident Injuries:
WHERE ARE YOU INJURED?
Depending on the severity of the crash, you may have very clear and obvious injuries. But many common accident injuries are more subtle and harder to diagnose. Do you have pain in your back? Head/neck? Legs? Be thorough.
WHAT TYPE OF INJURY IS IT?
Car accident injuries can cause all manner of injuries and symptoms. You may have broken bones, sprained/torn muscles and ligaments, nerve damage, herniations, or even scar tissue after the fact.
HOW MUCH PAIN ARE YOU IN?
From a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, you’ll want to take note of your pain levels, whether it’s a 1, 5, or a 10. Keep in mind that your sex, age, and pain tolerance can all play a factor here.
WHAT IS YOUR TREATMENT?
Be aware of the kind of treatment you’ve received and how long that treatment lasted. Specific treatment of car accident injuries has to be justified by Texas Law in order to be eligible for compensation.
HOW MUCH ARE YOUR MEDICAL BILLS?
In most cases, the cost of your medical bills plays a major factor in the value of your case… but that billing needs to meet certain thresholds as well. Were the charges reasonable? Are they in keeping with customary billing practices?
WHO IS YOUR DOCTOR?
The doctor treating you can play a huge factor in your case. Are they familiar with car accident injuries and prescribing treatment backed by Texas Law? Do they know how to properly document the injuries and treatment plans?
HOW HAS YOUR LIFE BEEN IMPACTED?
Injuries can bring life as we know it to a screeching halt. Be aware of things affected by your injuries-- strained relationships, interruption of routines, lost joys of life, inconveniences to your plans and hobbies, and more.
HAS YOUR JOB BEEN AFFECTED?
Your ability to continue working can significantly affect your case value as well. Are you still able to earn money? Has your workplace effectiveness been reduced? Can you only perform light duty? Have this info handy.
What else is unique about your injuries and treatment?
HERE'S OUR FOUR-STEP PROCESS
FOR HANDLING YOUR ACCIDENT INJURIES:
1. Determine All Your Injuries
Go to a local hospital or urgent care right away to get an evaluation. This is not only a good precaution for your health, but it’s an important step for documenting your injuries for settlement purposes. And not all injuries present right away.
2. Find the Right Medical Professional
There are doctors who specialize in treating common accident injuries, and a good accident attorney will have relationships with these doctors to make sure you’re getting proper, documented treatment that’s allowable under Texas Law.
3. Stick to Your Treatment Plan
Once a medical professional has prescribed a treatment plan, finish it. Follow through with your appointments, continue to report your injuries and stay obedient with your therapy. If you don’t take your injuries seriously, then the at-fault insurance company won’t either.
4. Collect Records & Prepare for Demand
After you’ve finished your treatment, you'll assemble your medical records and determine the total damages (Economic, Non-Economic, and Punitive) of your case. This information will be submitted to the insurance company in the form of a Demand Letter.
The type of injuries you have and the treatment you receive for them will play a major role in the value of your case. And law firms that specialize in car accident injuries can both get you treated by car accident injury specialists AND present all the proper documentation to the insurance company for your claim amount. But there’s plenty that goes into that process… let’s learn more about Texas Car Accident injuries.