Car accidents are unpredictable and they happen fast. In the immediate aftermath, most people examine their vehicles and their bodies for any damage. But if you don’t find any damage to your car or person, what do you do next?
Without any damages, it will be difficult to bring forth a lawsuit. When you file a property damage claim or personal injury claim, you are asking to be compensated for damages to your vehicle or bodily injury. If your car wasn’t damaged or your body wasn’t injured, then there is nothing to be compensated for. However, just because you don’t see any immediate damages or feel any immediate pain doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ATTENTION
Injuries sustained from a car accident have a sneaky way of going undetected, only to pop up a few days, weeks, or months later. It is best to be seen by a medical professional right away, whether that is a paramedic on the scene, your primary care doctor, or a trip to the hospital in an ambulance. The most important thing is your health and well-being. But keep in mind that if you intend on pursuing a personal injury claim, you’ll need medical records proving you sought treatment.
In the days and weeks after the accident, keep a daily journal about how you are feeling. If your shoulder starts to hurt two days after the accident and only gets worse over the next week, you now have a record of this injury.
GET A VEHICLE INSPECTION
Just like with your body, your car may have sustained some damages that are not readily apparent. It may be worth taking it in for an inspection for the experts to evaluate. At the very least, observe your vehicle after the accident. Is it having trouble starting? Has something started leaking? Is it hard to roll the window down? Document these changes in your journal and take photos and videos. Your car may have some damage after all.
Hire an Attorney
If it turns out your car or body did sustain damage or injury, you may be eligible to file a claim. Your first step should be to hire an attorney. Insurance companies have teams of experienced adjusters, investigators, and lawyers trying to settle your case as quickly and for as little money as possible. If you hire legal representation, you are more likely to receive a higher settlement than if you attempt to handle the case on your own.
If you’re interested in speaking with a Car Accident Attorney, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a claim and will fight to make sure you receive fair compensation for your property damage and/or injuries.