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Do you know your rights?

Many people that have been involved in an auto accident do not realize that they have certain rights to claim. Oftentimes, car accident victims do not seek medical attention because they are afraid of unaffordable medical costs, but if you have been in a car accident and are not at fault, you have these 3 specific rights to claim, so that you essentially pay nothing!

The insurance company is responsible for:
1. Fixing the damaged car; including providing a rental car
2. Covering all medical expenses related to the accident
3. Providing financial compensation for any pain, suffering and inconvenience that you have experienced

Medical Rights

Nevertheless, regardless of who is at fault in the accident, everyone involved in a car accident has certain rights. The first concern after any accident is addressing any medical issues. Accident victims are always encouraged to call local authorities to report the accident and call for medical assistance if necessary. Every accident victim is entitled to proper medical attention after an accident, and seeking medical assessment, even for minor injuries, could prove legally beneficial in the long run. Accident victims are also entitled to ask for insurance and contact information from other drivers involved in an accident, and they should willingly supply their own information, as well.

After an accident, it is important to keep scheduled doctor appointments and carefully follow all prescribed treatments. We understand there is much to think about and added unwanted stress from growing medical bills, insurance paperwork, vehicle repair costs and losing income from being unable to work; however, allowing some time for injuries to be properly diagnosed and a for a prognosis to be determined may impact a car accident settlement. Accident victims have the right to take a wait-and-see approach before agreeing to any legal settlement. In many instances, time and patience are key tools to proper accident proceedings and for the most beneficial resolutions.

Legal Rights

Those involved in car accidents have the right to advocate for themselves in the legal arena. Seeking consultation from a reputable and experienced attorney is suggested, but keeping aware of the details of the case and being personally involved in any car accident litigation can save time, money and much frustration.

Looking over police reports and medical records for discrepancies can eliminate misinformation, and it is important for accident victims to double-check the facts surrounding their cases.

Often, the confusion and stress at an accident scene can lead eye-witnesses and those involved in an accident to offer details about an accident that are inaccurate. One person's perception of what happened might not take into account issues like vehicle mechanical failures, malfunctioning streetlights or driver intoxication. Details like these can alter the outcome of a car accident legal case dramatically, and verifying facts related to the accident on official medical and police reports can help eliminate future confusion.

If you would like help through this whole process, we would love to help you! Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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