When you're in a car accident and you have been injured, it is not a certainty that you will get the compensation that you are entitled to. When you attempt to get compensation for personal injuries, insurance companies are always looking for ways to deny all or part of your claim. In some cases, an insurance company will only pay for the damage to your car, but will pay little, if any, compensation for your injuries. The following are a few things you can do increase the chances that your car accident law attorney will be able to get all of the compensation you need for your injuries.
Make sure you call the police
Without a police report, you may not even get compensation for damage to your car. A police report will usually contain enough information to indicate who was likely to blame, but a police report will also contain basic information about injuries, including the passengers. This latter point is important if you were hurt and the car was not yours. You will still be making a claim for your injuries.
Do not admit guilt
No matter what the circumstances may be, you should never admit guilt. You may feel like it was partly your fault or perhaps even completely your fault, but this does not mean it was your fault. If at a later time, it is unclear who was at fault, a insurance company may use an admission of guilt against you to deny your claim.
See a doctor immediately
If the injuries are bad enough, there will likely be a paramedic at the scene of the accident. You may also be transported to the hospital. But it is entirely possible that you will be treated at the scene of the accident for minor scrapes and bruises. However, you still need to see your doctor for a more complete examination. Just because you feel all right after the accident, does not mean you have no injuries. You may find that you have more extensive injuries at a later time. Unless you see a doctor to document your injuries, an insurance will likely use this against you.
Often a police report will contain information about everyone involved, including any witnesses, but if you are able, it is helpful to attorneys to look at pictures that you have taken after the accident. You also should take, or have someone else take, photos of any visually apparent injuries. By using the information above, you will give your attorney the best chance of getting you the compensation you deserve after your accident.