Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents And Injuries
Car accidents occur so quickly that it can be difficult to figure out what to do. Questions arise and need answers. We at Swain Law Group offer the below questions and answers that can help you determine what steps to take if you are in an accident. To discuss your specific case and situation, contact our Norman law firm online or call us at 405-546-1292. Our lawyers and staff are here to help.
What should I do first after a car accident?
The first thing you should do after a car accident is check yourself for injuries. If you have serious injuries or believe you need to be transported to the emergency room, it is essential that you seek medical treatment immediately after an accident.
If you are able to after an accident, and are not seriously injured, you should document the accident scene. Taking photos with your cellphone can be very helpful, making sure to photograph all the vehicles involved, the damage to the vehicles, and the area in which the accident occurred. It also may be helpful to talk to any witnesses and get their contact information.
Do I need to see a doctor even if I don’t think I am injured?
Some car accident injuries do not surface immediately. Very serious injuries, such as head and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), are not visible. It is easy to dismiss injuries you do not see and those you feel are just aches and pains from the accident.
To ensure you are fully okay after an accident, it is important to be evaluated by a medical professional. They may want to do tests or take images to ensure you are still in good health. Also, this documentation can be helpful in your pursuit of compensation for the accident. Your doctor can document any visible bruises, scrapes and cuts, in addition to other injuries that may be found through the in-depth evaluation. We can then use this information when constructing a case on your behalf.
Why do I need a lawyer?
After an accident, it may be overwhelming to deal with everything on your own. Having an attorney on your side not only helps you understand what you are facing and the compensation to which you are entitled, but also gives you someone who is going to fight for you and for justice. It is essential that the negligent driver be held responsible and that you get appropriately compensated by the insurance company, whether it be your own or the other driver’s.
Using our experience in personal injury cases and our knowledge of how insurance companies handle these cases, we stand up for your rights at every stage of the case. We know how injuries can impact an entire family, and we are here to help you move forward.
Isn’t my insurance company going to handle things after the accident?
Some insurance companies do take care of their insureds after an accident. Unfortunately, this is not typically the case. Most insurance companies are looking out for themselves, for their bottom line. This means paying as little as possible on your claim.
We have extensive experience handling car accident matters with insurance companies, both our client’s insurer and the other driver’s company. We do not back down from aggressively pursuing the compensation you deserve. Our firm is always looking out for you.
What types of compensation is it possible to receive after a crash?
After a car accident, it may be possible to receive compensation for lost wages when time at work was missed; medical expenses that were incurred as a result of the crash; damage to your car or other property that occurred in the accident; and pain and suffering that resulted from injuries and the trauma of the accident.