Recovery from Personal Injuries
Unexpected injuries can happen to anyone. You may have been in a car accident, suffered a slip and fall, or been involved in a mishap at work or some other public place. As a result, you are left with potentially serious personal injuries, which may impact your ability to work or engage in your usual activities, while leaving you with a mountain of medical expenses. Taking care of your health while taking the steps needed to protect yourself in a claim both play an important role in your recovery. The following are tips to help you through this process.
Protecting Your Rights to Compensation After Personal Injuries
One of the first steps to take when any type of accident happens is to notify law enforcement officials or security immediately so that an accident report can be filed. Your next move should be to seek medical attention, regardless of the severity of your injuries or whether you are exhibiting any symptoms.
If the person responsible for your injuries is insured or you are injured in a place covered by property insurance, it is important to be aware of how these companies work. According to the American Association for Justice, some of the most trusted insurance companies engage in unfair practices designed to help them either deny or dispute claims. To protect yourself, follow these tips:
- Make note of exactly where and how your accident or injuries occurred;
- Get the names of any witnesses at the scene;
- Avoid making any statements to the insurer without speaking with a personal injury attorney first;
- Follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding follow up care and activity restrictions;
- Avoid posting about your accident or your injuries on social media, which is one of the first places insurance adjusters look in gathering evidence against your claim.
Protecting Your Health After Personal Injuries
When accidents occur, there is often a natural tendency among victims to immediately downplay the severity of the injuries suffered. This can be dangerous as certain types of serious conditions take days or even weeks for symptoms to appear. It can also hurt you when filing a claim.
According to Pain Science, downplaying the extent of damage suffered can lead you to resume your normal activities too soon. Unfortunately, not giving yourself time to rest and heal from soft tissue injuries, broken bones, or injuries to the back, neck, or head can delay recovery and increase your odds of developing chronic and potentially disabling health conditions.
As stated above, make sure any follow all of your doctor’s instructions for follow up care and treatment. This applies to taking the time you need off from work and slowly easing back into activities in other areas of your life.
Contact Us Today for Help
If you have been injured in an accident, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III can provide the trusted legal guidance you need during your recovery. Reach out and contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney to request a consultation today.