- You have been in a collision, you have injuries and you need advice. Perhaps you may be able to walk away and speak with police directly or you may be taken to a trauma hospital. Either way, you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. If you cannot contact a lawyer due to your injuries, ask a family member to make contact.
Take it one day at a time
- Although difficult at times, you will need to put your recovery first. You need to get well before you can tackle anything relating to your collision. Ask your family & friends for help when you need it. Take as many breaks as you need throughout the day and don’t push yourself. Make sure you follow up with all of your medical appointments. If you cannot drive or do not have access to a car, your lawyer should be able to arrange transportation for you.
Keep a Journal from your Collision
- As soon as you feel up to it, start writing a daily journal outlining how you are feeling, what your issues are and document any appointments or telephone conversations you may have relating to your collision. If you are experiencing anxiety or re-occurring nightmares, document this as well so you can see if it worsens or improves over time. A journal can be therapeutic and it can also help your claim.
Speaking with Insurance Adjusters
- Do not under any circumstances, speak with any insurance adjuster(s) until you have contacted a lawyer for a possible claim. Once you contact a lawyer and a claim has been issued, insurance companies should not be contacting you. If you have legal representation and an insurance company makes contact, you should try your best to re-direct the call to your lawyer. Keep in mind that when it comes to insurance companies, it is all business to them and they would like to settle your claim as soon as possible.
Keep a calendar for your appointments
- Keep a separate calendar for all of your medical/legal appointments pertaining to your auto collision. This is a handy tool for you to use so you can keep track off all your appointments in one place. You can choose to do this either by a hard copy calendar or on your phone calendar. Once you start to attend medical appointments it can get extremely overwhelming and you may need to cross reference your appointments at some point during your recovery. Set up a folder to keep all of your receipts from your recovery as well. Although this sounds like a lot of work, it can be truly beneficial to your case. If you are unable to do this, ask someone to do this on your behalf.
Employed at the time of your collision
- Whether you were working part time or full time at the time of your collision, not being able to return to work due to injuries and recovery will be extremely stressful. You will want to reach out to colleagues and you may be contacted by your boss but try and keep it brief on how you are recovering. If you are involved in a lawsuit, the less your say to anyone the better. It cannot be stressed enough that you will need to focus on your recovery. If your employer does not offer short term disability, you are entitled to apply for accident benefits through your auto insurance provider. Your lawyer should be able to help you with all these important documents while you focus on your recovery. For more information on accident benefits please visit the FSCO website: Accident Benefits If you are on short term disability or long term disability, your employment is protected. Ask your lawyer to explain this to you.
You are not alone
- Always remember that you are not alone. There are numerous online support groups available on facebook. Find a group or several groups to join. Some groups are public where anyone can see your posts and some are closed so only the members can see your posts. There are also some groups that are private and by invitation only. Try to be selective and don’t be afraid to leave the group if it doesn’t meet your needs. Research support groups in your area. You may be surprised to find a support group close to your residence. If you do not have access to the internet or a computer, ask for help.
- Whether you obtained minor injuries or major injuries, every collision is unique. Try your best to stay strong and keep fighting everyday. The road after your collision will have numerous pieces that you will need to put back together and the journey can be extremely difficult. Never give up! You are allowed to know your limits and you are allowed to have bad days. You are allowed to stay in bed if you can’t do anything but go to the bathroom. It is not your fault that you were in a collision. You do not have to apologize for something that is out of your control ~
The advice and information contained in this article are for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace a lawyer’s advice. Please always consult your lawyer for your legal needs.
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