How to Complete a Self-Health Assessment Following a Car Accident

As soon as you are involved in a car accident, the first priority is to have your health and over-all condition assessed by a professional emergency medical technician on-site or at the hospital. For less serious car accidents, it is still important to assess your own health to be sure you are not suffering from a head, spine, or neck injury. The issue with these kinds of injuries is that they can become evident or worse as time passes. So you might seem fine after a car wreck, but can then start to develop symptoms later on that point toward neck and back injuries.

There are signs and symptoms to look for, as well as, tips to learn how to identify the difference between vague soreness and tenderness of muscles, and an actual serious injury. Continue reading for a post-accident health assessment guide and information about filing a car accident injury claim for injuries and damages sustained in a serious collision.

Checking On Your Health

Once you have been involved in a car accident, whether it was your own fault or not, is to seek immediate medical attention. As a car accidents happens, authorities are usually alerted almost immediately; either by someone involved in the wreck or a bystander. Police will ask if you or your passengers need to go to the hospital if it is not obvious or evident that someone is hurt. You can make this assessment yourself, or you can simply have an EMT check you out at the scene of the accident or at the hospital.

You can choose to ride in an ambulance for a faster commute to the hospital for emergencies, but for less serious and less evident injuries, you may choose to take yourself or have a loved one drive you. In other cases, you might feel like you are not injured enough for professional medical care, and pass up the opportunity to go to the hospital altogether. Once you are familiar with how to assess your own condition after an accident, you will be able to responsibly make the choice of seeking further medical assistance, or to care for yourself.

Here are some symptoms to look for immediately after, as well as, the days following a motor vehicle accident:

  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Soreness or Tenderness of Neck
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Increased Heart Rate
  • Mental Confusion
  • Pain or Tenderness in Lower Back
  • Pain in Neck or Spine
  • Difficulty Standing
  • Pain When in the Seated Position
  • Swelling of Neck, Back, or Head
  • Redness or Abrasions on Body
  • Nausea or Dizziness
  • Blurred Vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Bleeding
  • Broken Bones
  • Immobility

Any of these symptoms could be a sign of a more serious injury or internal damage. If you are experiencing more than three of the above symptoms, it is strongly encouraged to go to the hospital or to request an EMT at the sight of an accident. Concussions are one of the most common and overlooked head injuries that results from car accidents. And the problem with this type of injury is that a person can seem fine at first, only to later suffer serious consequences and health decline as a result of a neglected head, brain, or spine injury.

Filing a Car Accident Injury Claim

Contact a licensed personal injury lawyer for information about filing a car accident injury claim against a negligent party that caused you or a loved one serious harm following a traffic accident or collision. You may be entitled to compensation.

Protect Yourself in Case of a Car Accident – Insurance Companies Are Not on Your Side

What You Should Do if You Are involved in a Car Accident

It is unfortunate that most people don’t know what to do when they are involved in an accident. My own mother was recently in an accident, and she called me frantically asking what she should do. Knowing what to do is important for protecting your health and protecting your interests with the other drivers and the insurance companies. This is true even if you are at fault.

The most important thing after an accident is your safety. If you, the other driver or any of the passengers are seriously injured, make sure you summon help. Call 911, the one stop phone call for police and ambulance. If no one involved has any apparent injuries, it is still advisable to make a non-emergency call to the police department and request police presence at the scene of the accident. In most cities, including Las Vegas (and the surrounding areas), you may dial 311 for non-emergency police dispatch.

In case of injuries and/or property damage, the police presence is very important so that a police report can be prepared and later used in obtaining the appropriate compensation from the appropriate insurance company or companies, even if it’s your own insurance provider. Compensation may cover medical treatment, property damage, loss of wages and/or pain and suffering.

If the police are called, through a 911 emergency call or 311 non-emergency call, the police will insure that all of the appropriate information is reported in the police report. If there is no apparent injury or property damage, and/or if the police do not come to the scene of the accident, then exchange information with the other driver. Obtain the name of the driver, the car registration information and the insurance carrier and policy number. Provide your information to the other driver.

Do not make any statements other than facts, and only to the police, pertaining to the accident and how the accident occurred. Do not make any statements about your state of health; remember that many injuries may be latent injuries that may not manifest themselves immediately. Contact a personal injury attorney immediately; do not communicate with the other party’s insurance company or report your accident to your insurance company before you consult with a personal injury attorney. In most cases the attorney assumes the responsibility to make such contacts on your behalf, but will tell you if you should make contacts of any kind. Remember that it is in the interest of the insurance companies to understate the injuries and damage cause by an accident, so that they pay the least amount of compensation. The attorney knows how to deal with the insurance companies and get you the compensation you deserve. The more serious the accident, the more important it is that you contact a personal injury attorney.

Ramzy Ladah, Esq.

Las Vegas Personal Injury Attorney, PLLC

Car Accident Do’s and Don’ts

A car accident can permanently change your entire life in the blink of an eye. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident through no fault of your own, you deserve to recover compensation to help you recover from your injuries.

“I hear about people all the time that put their car accident claim at risk simply because they either failed to do something, or did something else that they shouldn’t have,” says Jonathan R. Mani, a Charleston, West Virginia car accident lawyer, “the best thing to do is be aware of the different thing you should and shouldn’t do after a car accident.”

The time period immediately following you car accident is the most important time concerning your car accident claim. After a car accident, you should:

– Call the Authorities – The police will help sort out the situation and they will also create a police report about the car accident that will identify who they believe is at fault.

– See a Doctor – Injuries often arise months after car accidents occur, so it is important that you see a doctor immediately to determine if you have suffered any injuries that you are unaware of.

– Obtain Information – Get the contact information for all drivers, passenger, and witnesses of the car accident. Also, be sure to get the insurance information, VIN number, and license plate number of all the vehicles involved in the car accident.

– Take Pictures – You should have a disposable camera in your car that you can use to take pictures of the car accident. You should take as many pictures as it takes to get a good representation of what occurred.

– Call a Car Accident Attorney – An experienced car accident attorney will help you deal with the insurance companies and their adjusters, they will speak with the other drivers, and they will help you identify what injuries you have suffered from the car accident.

There are also certain things that you should absolutely avoid after a car accident. After your car accident, you should not:

– Admit Fault – Car accidents are confusing and complex, and you should never admit fault because after an investigation into the car accident circumstances, it may be shown that you were not actually at fault. By admitting fault, you may not be able to receive the appropriate compensation.

– Leave the Scene – This is not only illegal, but even if you are not at fault for the car accident, you will drastically limit your ability to recover from your car accident claim.

– Wait – Many people choose to wait for the insurance companies to contact them, or take their time to call an experienced car accident lawyer. This can severely impact the outcome of your car accident claim. If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact a car accident lawyer as soon as possible and get the ball rolling on your claim.

– Sign Anything – If you are presented with any papers from your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company, make sure you have an experienced car accident attorney review them before you sign anything. Signing the wrong papers may prevent your ability to recover from your car accident claim.

If you have been involved in a car accident, one of the most important things you can do to benefit your car accident claim is contact an experienced car accident attorney to help you file your claim and recover the compensation you deserve.