If you were injured as a passenger in a Connecticut motor vehicle accident then you will probably be somewhat confused about what you should be doing. You might have many questions, such as:
- Who is going to pay your medical bills?
- Who is going to pay your lost wages?
- What money can you collect for pain and suffering?
- What other compensation are you entitled to receive?
- Should you be going through the insurance company of the at-fault party?
- Should you submit a claim through your driver's insurance company?
- Do you have to report this claim to your own motor vehicle insurance company?
Before all of these questions are answered you should know that there are three things a passenger should do after being involved in a motor vehicle accident. If you neglect to do any of these three things, then you could greatly reduce the value of your personal injury case.
1. If you have been injured make sure you are taken from the accident site, by ambulance, to the nearest hospital.
If you have been injured, are not feeling well or been shaken up, it is important that you are taken by ambulance to the nearest hospital so you can be checked out. A determination needs to be made as to the nature and extent of your injuries. Our Connecticut personal injury lawyers have represented individuals who have declined medical treatment at the scene of the accident.
Then, several days later, they are in agonizing pain and are either seen at the local hospital or visit a doctor only to be told that they have a broken bone or some other type of injury. The insurance company of the at-fault party will want to try to use this fact to either downplay the severity of your injury or to claim that your injury was not sustained in the subject motor vehicle accident. The best course of action is to always get taken to the hospital, from the accident site, so that immediate treatment and a diagnosis can be made and you receive appropriate medical care and attention.
2. You should follow up with the discharge instructions that you received from the hospital upon your release.
At the time you are discharged from the hospital, you will be given instructions as to what medical care you should obtain after you leave. It is important that you contact the type of doctor suggested, for example an orthopedist, and schedule an appointment as soon as possible for follow-up medical care and attention. Sometimes the follow-up doctor will want to perform their own diagnostic tests such as an x-ray or CAT scan to confirm any prior diagnosis that was made at the hospital.
In some cases, the hospital will miss something which the orthopedist or other specialty doctor will later uncover. Any and all restrictions or other challenges that you are experiencing as a result of your accident-related injuries should be given to your doctor so that your medical condition is fully understood and properly treated.
3. You should contact an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Your case might be somewhat complicated. You will want to know what insurance company you should go through and who is going to pay your bills. There are also a great number of other questions that you might have. It is important that you contact an experienced Connecticut car accident attorney as soon as possible so that you can fully understand your rights and the process of properly developing your personal injury case. If you speak with the insurance adjuster who contacts you, give a recorded statement, or sign any authorizations, then you could severely reduce the value of your Connecticut accident case. These insurance adjusters will be looking to pay you the least amount of money possible for your accident case so you should not speak with them unless and until you first get the advice of an experienced Connecticut accident lawyer.
Our team is happy to provide you with free information and advice. You can download our free books, speak to one of our attorneys and get your questions answered over the telephone, or you can meet with one of our attorneys so you can discuss the specifics of your case and learn exactly what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. We hope to hear from you soon if you have any questions or concerns.