Being involved in an accident is never ideal, and being injured as a result is even worse. A personal injury can become even more stressful and painful as you try to navigate through the claims process. Martin G Schulz & Associates has put together five tips to help you navigate through your injury and claims process so you can worry less and focus on healing.
1. Get contact information
Any time you are in an accident it is important to get contact information from any other parties involved. While you may not feel injured in the immediate aftermath, you may start to feel pain after the initial shock and adrenaline wears off. There are also a number of injuries that may present delayed symptoms such as whiplash, concussions, blood clots, and spinal injuries. If you experienced delayed symptoms days or even weeks later, you will want to be able to get in touch with the other party.
2. Inform the authorities
If you are involved in an accident, it is important to let authorities know right away. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, inform the police so that it can be properly documented. This will also help with obtaining contact information and witness statements, which could be valuable for your claim. If you have been injured on the job, be sure to inform your supervisor immediately so that they can begin the necessary documentation process.
3. Keep Records
Be sure to keep all medical records from after the accident. This includes checkups with your regular physician, specialist appointments and consultations, psychologist or psychiatrist appointments, physiotherapy, x-rays, ultrasounds, and any other medical test or appointment that occurs following the accident. All of this information will contribute to your claim and provide evidence of your injuries and recovery efforts.
4. Speak to a lawyer first
Though you may be tempted to reach out to your insurance company, it’s best to consult your personal injury lawyer first. Though insurance adjusters may seem helpful, they are looking for any information that could void or lessen your claim. A personal injury lawyer can advise the best way to deal with your insurance company to ensure your claim goes smoothly.
5. Take legal action
Your no-fault benefits can help compensate for medical expenses and temporary loss of income. If you have been injured in an accident, take legal action immediately. The sooner you are able to begin your claim, the sooner you can receive your rightful compensation and begin the full healing process.
Martin G Schulz & Associates has over 25 years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims throughout Western Canada. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an accident, don’t wait! Contact Martin G Schulz & Associates today for a free, no-obligation consultation.