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  ACCIDENT INJURIES?


          WHIPLASH?
If you were recently in an accident and have neck pain, you might have whiplash. Each year, almost 2 million Americans are injured and suffer from whiplash. You can get whiplash from a variety of traumas including, car accident, sports injury, a fall. More on Whiplash...



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WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER AN ACCIDENT?
Do you know what to do if you were driving and hit another vehicle? What if you hit a pedestrian? After a car accident, your injuries may be severe and emotions may be high. The following is a list of things that you should do after an automobile accident.

Do Not Leave the Scene
The cardinal rule for all car accidents is that you should never leave the scene until it is appropriate to do so. If you leave the scene of an accident, particularly when someone has sustained injuries or was killed, you can face serious criminal penalties for being a "hit-and-run" driver.

Check All Drivers and Passengers
Before assessing any vehicle or other property damages, make sure that everyone else involved in the accident is okay. Get medical attention for anyone who may need it. If a person is unconscious or complains of neck or back pain, it is best not to move them until qualified medical personnel arrive.

Call the Police
In accidents that involve significant property damage, physical injury, or death, you will need to call the police. Ask that a police report be filed in situations where law enforcement officers do arrive at the scene, and obtain the name and badge numbers of any responding officers.

Exchange Information
Talk to the drivers of any other vehicles involved in the accident. Get as much contact information as you can including, their names, phone numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information. If there are passengers in any of the vehicles, obtain their contact information as well. When talking to drivers of other vehicles, try to be cordial and cooperative in determining that everyone is okay and in exchanging basic information.

Talk to Witnesses
Ask every witness what he or she saw, write down what they say and get their contact information.

Inform Your Insurance Company
Inform your insurance company that you have been involved in an accident as soon as possible afterwards. Tell them the truth about what happened and the extent of your injuries. If the insurance company finds out that you have lied to them about anything, you can get into serious trouble, not the least of which may be the denial of any coverage for the accident. Be prepared to explain to them the facts of the case in a clear manner. Obtain and review a copy of any police report, so that you can point out to the insurance company who broke what traffic laws or who was at fault in the accident.

Keep a Log of Your Medical Treatment
Keep a note of any doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, or other medical professionals that you receive treatment from, and each medical provider that referred you to other caregivers. Having a written diary of this information will help you itemize your medical expenses and treatment for your insurer, your attorney, and the court.

Take Photos
Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle, the other vehicles and the surrounding area as soon as possible after the accident. Having photographic evidence will help your insurance adjuster determine how much you should be compensated for the damages to your vehicle and may also assist your case in court.

Get a Property Damage Estimate
Obtain an estimate for the damages to your car from your insurance company. If you are not satisfied with the way in which your insurance company has valued your vehicle, get a second estimate and speak to your adjuster about your concerns and position. If you cannot agree on the value of your car or on the damage estimate, consult an attorney.

Be Careful abour Discussing the Incident
Don't talk to anyone about the accident other than your medical doctors, attorney, your insurance company, and the police. Under no circumstances should you talk to a representative of another insurance company without the knowledge of your attorney or your insurance company.

Beware of Early Settlement Offers
Be careful and sceptical if you are offered a settlement from an insurance company. Make sure that any injuries you may have suffered have been treated, and that you have a doctor's prognosis. Some injuries may not show up or reach their greatest level of discomfort until many days, weeks, or months after the accident. Don't settle a claim until you know you will be compensated for all of your injuries, and consult an attorney before signing any documents pertaining to settlement.
 
If you have been in an accident and have pain, even if it is minor, consult with a doctor who has experience treating accident injuries. Our professional staff has over 20 years experience in managing Personal Injury cases.

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