Being involved in a car accident is emotionally and physically traumatic for the driver and passengers involved. There are many things to think about after being injured in a motor vehicle accident, including obtaining medical treatment for injuries sustained, notifying various organisations, loss of earnings, treatment expenses and taking note of damage to vehicles and/or property.
1. Report the accident to the police:
By reporting the accident to the police, you are recording the event and any facts you report will help the ICWA investigate negligence.
2. See your GP as soon as you can:
Going to a GP as soon as possible may help you mitigate any potential allegations that your injuries are not accident related.
3. Report all your car accident injuries and symptoms, no matter how small or minor:
It is important that you report all your injuries at soon as possible. It can be a good idea to diarise your injuries daily in the weeks after the event in order to keep a clear record of how you are feeling and how treatment/s are progressing.
4. Continue to see your GP and any other rehab/specialists as recommended:
If you neglect your prescribed medical requirements, there could be allegations made that you have made a full recovery, or that your injuries are not as bad as first thought. Both may result in no allowance for medical expenses, and a significant reduction in the compensation awarded to you.
5. Keep receipts for all injury related expenses:
If your motor vehicle injury claim is accepted by ICWA, any reasonable and necessary accident injury related expenses may be reimbursed, however you need to produce receipts to successfully claim these expenses back.
6. Be mindful of secondary injuries developing following the incident:
Your initial motor vehicle accident injuries may be easy to identify, however over time these can trigger secondary injuries which may result in further pain and suffering. It is important that you watch out for any secondary injuries and report them/seek treatment for them. This includes (and is most commonly) psychological injuries, such as being afraid and unable to drive to work.
7. Find a good lawyer to assist you:
The dedicated Perth based motor vehicle accident personal injury lawyers at Bradford Legal can help you from the first step when you make a claim to reduce suffering and to achieve the injury compensation you deserve. Our car accident lawyers will use your initial consultation to understand your compensation claim in detail, explain legal fees, legal costs and offer legal advice and help whenever you require it. We have great confidence and experience in getting you the injury compensation and result you deserve from your motor vehicle accident compensation claims.
If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Perth, reach out to our experienced and local team today.