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When you have been injured in an auto accident, the road to recovery may be long and difficult. Depending on the circumstances, however, you may be entitled to collect compensation for the injuries you have suffered and their effects on your life. Unfortunately, many car accident claims take months or even years to finalize, but there are some things you can do to give yourself the best chance of success.
1. Take Action Immediately
It can take a substantial amount of time for you to receive financial compensation following a car accident. Therefore, it is absolutely imperative for you to begin the process immediately. Of course, you may not have all of the pertinent information right away, but waiting too long to file a claim could be disastrous. In most cases, this begins by notifying your insurance company of the accident and letting your carrier know that you require medical care. It is understandable that you will not have exact dollar amounts—or even reasonable estimates—just yet, but if you wait until you have a pile of bills, it may be too late. Unnecessary delays may also be seen as an indication that your injuries are less severe than is actually the case.
2. Follow Your Doctors’ Recommendations
Medical non-compliance is a serious problem in today’s world. Patients stop taking medicines or never get them filled in the first place. They miss follow-up appointments or never go see the specialist to whom they were referred. Studies indicate that patients do not follow their doctors’ orders for a number of reasons, including costs, fear, embarrassment, discomfort, and the sheer difficulty of making lifestyle changes.
If the average person fails to comply with medical recommendations, his or her health is likely to be affected. If a car accident victim does the same thing, his or her claim could be jeopardized. If you are injured and want to make a full physical recovery, you will need to do what you are instructed by doctors, physical therapists, and any other medical professional involved in your care. Half-hearted compliance could be construed by insurance companies and the at-fault party as evidence that you were not as injured as you claim.
3. Put a Lawyer on Your Side
In the early stages of the claims process, the insurance companies may seem agreeable and focused on your best interests. At time goes by and your bills start to add up, however, this can change quickly. That is why it is helpful to enlist the aid of a personal injury attorney from the very beginning. Your lawyer can help you understand the various documents your insurance company may require and will work to ensure that you are not shortchanged by substandard settlement offers. With an attorney involved, there is much less of a chance that the insurance companies will try to take advantage of you.
To learn more about our firm and how we can assist you with your car accident claim, contact one of our experienced DuPage County personal injury attorneys. Call 630-920-8855 for a free consultation at Martoccio & Martoccio today.