Car accidents are traumatic. Personal injury claims are stressful. If you’ve been seriously hurt by someone else’s negligence, things get complicated—and quickly. There’s really no such thing as a simple car accident claim, whether you’ve suffered a mild, severe, or catastrophic injury. So where do you begin? Here is the most important advice from our team of experienced personal injury lawyers.
Lindsay and Oshawa car accident lawyer’s #1 piece of advice
There are many steps to take following a car accident. There are insurance claims to be made, statements to be given, and evidence to be gathered. Some of those steps can make or break your claim. Things you say or do—or fail to do—can negatively affect the compensation you receive for your injuries and losses. Scary thought, isn’t it?
Given the pitfalls and complexities of the claims process, it may surprise you to read that our #1 piece of advice for you if you have been injured in a car accident is this: focus on your recovery. Your health and well-being should be your top priority in the aftermath of a car accident. You need to focus your time and energy on rest and healing from your injuries. How do you focus on rehabilitation and recovery? Here is how:
Get prompt medical attention as soon as possible after the accident.
In the following days, weeks, and months, continue to see your doctor and report any and all symptoms so they can be properly diagnosed, documented, and treated.
Follow all medical advice and take medication that is prescribed to help you heal or to ease your pain/symptoms.
Stick to any rehabilitation plan or recommended treatment (e.g., chiropractor, physiotherapist, massage therapist, psychologist).
Listen to your body and get help when you need it.
You may need to take time off work or seek modification of your work duties/hours of work while you are healing.
You may need help with personal care, childcare responsibilities, yard work, or housekeeping. (An accident benefits claim can be an immense help in this regard!).
Don’t ignore emotional difficulties or psychological symptoms.
Car accidents can cause anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder that will only worsen if not treated.
Pain and physical injuries caused by a car accident can in turn cause psychological distress such as depression, anger, and mood swings.
Concussions and brain injuries are sometimes missed when doctors are focused on physical injuries like broken bones, spinal injuries, or internal injuries. Difficulty concentrating, sadness, emotional distress, lack of energy, and irritability can indicate that you suffered a head trauma or brain injury.
Try t keep your stress level low. Worrying about your insurance claim, personal injury lawsuit, or the financial burden of missed work and mounting medical bills will prolong your recovery.
The bottom line is that you must prioritize your physical and mental condition so that you can recover from your injuries as best as possible. It may take months or years for you to fully heal. Some of your injuries may be permanent. But you can’t reach “maximum medical recovery” if you don’t make that goal your top priority.
Who can help you reach that goal? Hire an experienced car accident lawyer
Oshawa and Lindsay personal injury lawyers at Kelly Greenway Bruce have over 50 years of experience representing accident and injury victims. We recognize that the insurance claims process is complex and the thought of litigation is overwhelming. We see first-hand how challenging it is to deal with injuries caused by someone else’s fault or negligence.
We strive to help our clients through all aspects of a personal injury claim so they can focus on rest and rehabilitation. Our team of lawyers and support staff work tirelessly to provide you with personalized, effective assistance in a compassionate manner. Our trained professionals deal with the insurance company and the claims process while you and your family concentrate on getting better.
From the moment you hire us, we will take care of everything so you can focus on recovery. We will advise you of your rights and explain your legal options. We’ll protect you in your communications with the insurance companies. We can also gather evidence to support your claim (e.g., evidence from the scene of the accident, witness statements, medical records) and provide you with an opinion on what your accident claim is worth. We will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. If fair settlement of your claim is not forthcoming, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf and take your case to trial if necessary to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Get trusted advice from our Oshawa and Lindsay personal injury lawyers
Focus on your recovery! Talk to one of our lawyers and then focus on your recovery. We take care of everything else.
The Oshawa and Lindsay personal injury lawyers at Kelly Greenway Bruce know how difficult it can be to prioritize your health when everything else going on feels so overwhelming. Once you hire Kelly Greenway Bruce, we will deal with the insurance company on your behalf. You can focus on recovery, knowing that you have a trustworthy advocate on your side.