Accident Claim

Whiplash is one of the more widespread types of personal injury claims. After an accident, statistics show that whiplash is mentioned in more than half of all cases. You may have sustained your injury because the vehicle you were travelling in stopped sharply, and you were pressed powerfully against your seatbelt. Regardless of how the injury is sustained, it may be brought to awareness after clear pain in the neck.

A whiplash accident claim could occur following an accident which did not happen on a road. You will notice a minority of whiplash injuries happen after a slip. A no win no fee accident entitlement is worth exploring if the accident was not your fault, ignoring how the accident was caused.

Whats crucial is that another person is clearly accountable for your accident. Of course your claim will not be feasible if no other party is at fault.

After an accident, habitually symptoms of the injury may not be detected for several hours. Whiplash injuries often take weeks to become obvious, do not be surprised if this is the case with yours.

Whiplash recuperation times deviate much from person to person. Indeed even in bad cases a person can make a full recovery in as short as two weeks. Further people may take months or if the injury was more dangerous, years to recover. It is the case though that whiplash can be the cause of impairment which never fully clears up.

Many people make claims for whiplash following an accident that wasn’t their fault under a no win no fee arrangement. Solicitors and other legal people might extend services under these agreements were their own costs are recovered from the other persons policy company.

Ideally any whiplash injury claim has a concrete foundation on which legal firms can shape a case. Anterior to choosing a legal body to take on your remuneration claim, it may be astute to do some background research on your choices. Avoiding ordinary solicitor practises that do not take on whiplash claims much is on occasion fair advice. But don’t take this as meaning solicitors could not be up to the job. But of course various people are best able to win maximum compensation than others.

As expected the amount your whiplash claim could be worth is dependent on many case areas. If your whiplash injury was bad its probably this is the crucial element. A medical person may study you to determine how serious your injury is.

What To Do After A Car Accident: A Checklist

If you’ve been in an accident, you’re probably feeling shaken, confused, and stressed out. That’s very common, and you don’t need to worry. If you search the internet, there are plenty of websites to tell you what to do. To help you get a grip on the first steps after an accident, we’ve written this little guide.

1. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have given you permission. For most accidents, the police don’t arrive. If this is the case for you, just make sure you have all the information you need from the other driver and make sure you are uninjured.

2. If someone else gets injured during the accident, call for help IMMEDIATELY.

3. Turn on your emergency/hazard lights to alert other drivers about the situation.

4. Get contact information from any witnesses. If you don’t do this, it could come down to your word against the other drivers, which can make it difficult to deal with insurance issues.

5. Get the other driver’s name, driver’s license number, license plate number, type of car, etc. Also get the name of their insurance company, their policy number, and any other identifying data.

6. If there are police present, ask for an incident number. This will help you get a police report later, which will show any citations and the officer’s understanding of the event.

7. Do not accept fault, even if you believe you might be responsible, and do not apologize. You don’t know all the details yet, and you might later find out something else caused the accident. Make a statement only to the police.

8. Write down all the details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind. Note all your own actions, the location, time, weather, distractions like road conditions. Also write down the direction you were driving, the direction the other driver was going, the speed you were traveling, the speed limit, traffic signs present, etc.

9. You might be injured – it’s hard to tell at the accident because of the adrenaline and endorphins pulsing through your body. You should always go see a medical professional as soon as you feel pain.

10. Be honest with your doctor. Tell him or her about EVERY single detail of you pain. Headaches, nausea, dizziness, memory loss, etc., may all seem small and very temporary, but they might not be, and need to be recorded.

11. Take photos of your car and your injuries right after the accident. If you need to explain property damage or medical expenses to the insurance company, this will help a lot.

12. Keep a journal after the accident with any details you remember. Especially keep track of your pain, discomfort, sleep loss, anxieties. Post-traumatic stress disorder is common after car accidents and should be identified as soon as possible so you can get the help you need.

13. Be careful what you tell people about the accident. Whether you were the at fault party or not, these details can come up if someone decides to pursue a claim for damages and you don’t want one slip of the tongue to prevent justice.

14. Don’t sign any releases from the insurance company until you are comfortable that you will not need any further compensation for property or medical damages.

If you have any questions or have problems working with the insurance company to settle your claim, please talk to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. If you need more money to pay bills, etc., they can help communicate with the insurance company or even file a suit on your behalf – but in Oregon they only have two years after the crash to file a suit, and most will want at least 6 months before the statute of limitations date.

We hope this checklist helps relieve the stress of a car accident for you.

Car Accidents Happen (Part 1) – What to Do When They Happen to You

Car accidents are unpleasant, but happen every day. This is Part 1 of a 3-Part Series, and will inform you of the steps you need to take immediately after a car accident occurs. Part 2 will address what to do after you leave the scene of an accident, focusing largely on receiving medical care. Finally, Part 3 will address reasons not to talk to the other driver’s insurance company.

The North Carolina DMV has an accident guide on their website about what to do if you are in an accident. Some of their suggestions include:
– Not leaving after an accident
– Removing vehicles from the road when possible
– Assisting anyone who is injured
– Exchanging information with others involved in the accident
– Name, Address, Drivers’ License Number, Vehicle Registration Number, and Insurance Provider

Other Things You Should Do
Get Contact Information for Witnesses
One of the most important things to do after an accident occurs is the get the contact information for any witnesses who may have seen what happened. Especially in cases where the credibility of the parties is a major issue (such as intersection accidents), having a witness you can contact can make your case stronger. However, you should never rely on the investigating officer to gather this information – many witnesses leave before the officer even arrives. In some cases, the insurance company may change their denial of a claim to an acceptance to pay out if you produce the contact information of a witness.

Make a Police Report
The law in North Carolina requires individuals involved in accidents to make police reports if there are any injuries, fatalities, or if the property damage exceeds $1000. Not filing a police report could result in a suspended license. When you make a police report, be helpful and provide as much information about the facts of the accident. You can obtain a copy of your accident report by filling out a crash report form. It is important to limit your opinions about the accident since those opinions could be used against you later. Always remember, you can talk to a lawyer before making a statement about an accident.

File a Report with your Insurance Carrier
You should also make a report to your insurance carrier about any accident you are in. While you are still at the sight of an accident, remember to take pictures of the scene, and also take pictures of any injuries you may have suffered. This will not only help with providing your insurance carrier will as much relevant information as possible, but it will also allow you to preserve important evidence should you decide to take legal action.