Managing Chronic Pain After a Car Accident
Car accidents are rarely spontaneous or random. Most car crashes result from the negligence of one driver. In the United States, 90 people die every day in car accidents. While not all car accidents result in death, many will leave victims in serious peril.
When you or a loved one is the victim of a car accident in Florida, you deserve to have your focus on your recovery. You can do that by seeking compensation for your medical bills from the driver who caused your accident. Taking the legal stress off your shoulders allows you the opportunity to focus solely on your recovery and your health. Ensuring that you have the compensation you need to make that full recovery takes additional worry off you, knowing that your bills will be covered.
Major Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accident injuries can vary from mild cuts to life-altering injuries and even death. In 2017, there were over 400,000 car accidents in Florida. These accidents caused injuries including:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
No matter how badly you’ve been injured, your main concern should be getting better. The more serious your injury, the more time-consuming and costly your recovery will be. Medical costs for victims of car accidents in the United States exceed $18 billion over a lifetime. While those costs are spread out among many victims, it goes to show you how expensive medical care is and how it can cause someone financial ruin for simply being the victim of a car accident.
We don’t want to see anyone put in this position; that’s why we fight so hard for our clients. We want your focus to be on your recovery, which is why we deal with the legal complexities so that you don’t have to worry. To give you the best chance of making a full and complete recovery from your car accident injuries, you should retain a car accident attorney that you can trust.
Steps to Take Right After Your Car Accident
What you do immediately following your car accident, and in the days and months after, will play a part in how successful your car accident claim will be in getting your medical bills covered. Taking the following steps can help to preserve the memory and impact of the car accident.
- Call 911. You need to have a record of the accident if you file a car accident claim. The best way to do this is to have the police create an objective report. While they may not assign fault, they will interview you, the other driver, any passengers, and witnesses. The police will put together a report of the accident and diagram the accident scene. Have this objective information for your insurance company and your car accident lawyer to later refer back to when negotiating your claim.
- Get medical help. You may think you’re just fine, but most likely, you’re wrong. Immediately following an accident, your adrenaline is likely pumping and you may not feel any pain. By letting a medical professional examine you, you will create a record of your injuries. A medical professional can also render immediate medical assistance, should you need any.
- Take pictures. If it’s safe to do so and you’re able to, taking pictures is one of the best ways to preserve the memory of your car accident. Make sure you get pictures of all vehicles involved in the crash, your injuries, and the accident scene. These will help supplement the police report and give you a better overall picture of your car accident.
- Write daily. Keeping a journal can help you recall how your injuries are progressing. Months after your accident, you remember the progress or setbacks every day. The journal helps to show how your injuries negatively have impacted your life. Did you miss work? Did you have multiple procedures or doctor visits? How did your pain fluctuate? All of this information helps you remember what you’ve gone through and helps your Florida car accident injury lawyer fight to maximize the value of your claim.
No matter what caused your accident, your injuries are tragic and you deserve the assistance of an experienced car accident lawyer. Working with Dolman Law Group and Sibley Dolman gives you the experience you need on your side to help you maximize the compensation you receive. Our goal is to do everything in our power to help you get better. We do that by taking the legal stress off your plate and aggressively fighting to make sure your medical bills are covered.
Managing Your Injuries
Chronic pain is one of the most common issues for injured individuals after a car accident. As anyone who suffers from chronic pain will tell you, there are times when it’s manageable and times when it’s debilitating. This daily uncertainty leaves you wondering how you’re going to feel tomorrow, which can cause additional strain on your life.
Making sure you have a doctor you trust is paramount to keeping you healthy. This is also why a journal can come in handy. You can share the journal with your doctor so that he or she can understand your progress and if your pain is getting better, worse, or staying the same.
But your doctor won’t always have immediate answers, which can be frustrating. Your individual circumstances may require a specialist or a pain management doctor. You might be looking at physical therapy, medication, and medical procedures, or any combination of those.
Pain can be complex and may come from multiple injuries across your body, even though you only feel it in one area. Because pain is complex and unique to each individual, what works for one patient may not work exactly the same for another. So you may have to be open to trying alternative pain management techniques. These include:
If you’re suffering from chronic pain, you’re likely willing to explore every option available. However, these options don’t come cheap, and some options aren’t even covered by insurance, which is why it’s important to seek the services of a seasoned Florida car accident lawyer who can help you recover compensation for your injuries. You don’t want to pay out of pocket for these expenses, nor should you. While filing a car accident claim and recovering damages won’t take your pain away, it will give you relief from the financial burden associated with paying your medical bills. Taking this path allows you the opportunity to focus on your recovery without worry about how you’re going to pay your bills.
Securing Compensation for Your Injuries
To help you get better, you need to focus on your recovery. Whether your injuries require you to spend time in the hospital, have multiple medical procedures, or spend multiples days or weeks out of work, adding worry and stress about how your medical bills will get paid will only hinder your ability to recover. That’s where we come in. Together, we’ll fight to get you compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Lost wages
- Loss of companionship
- Medical bills
Helping you recover compensation for your injuries allows you the opportunity to focus solely on your physical and mental well-being. You don’t need additional stress, and that’s why we’re here.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Insurance companies don’t always have your best interests at heart. They are in the business of making money, and if they paid out the full value of every claim, that would cut into their profits.
What some insurance companies will do to keep their profits high is to contact you shortly after your car accident and offer you a settlement. They’re hoping you take the quick cash, and they know you need it. They know you have medical bills piling up and don’t want to wait for a long trial. What they won’t tell you is that this settlement offer is a low ball offer and won’t cover your future bills. It may not even cover your existing bills completely.
If that wasn’t tragic enough, most settlement offers contain a waiver that you won’t bring a claim against them in the future. So when you realize that the settlement doesn’t cover everything you need it to, you’re out of luck.
Insurance companies will obviously value your claim at a lower amount than what your car accident lawyer will calculate. Insurance companies don’t always look at your future expenses, nor do they value your time out of work at the same rate. In fact, insurance companies try to remove the human element from the equation by using software. They plug in some generic details about you, your accident, and your injuries, and the software then gives them a number based on those entries. That number is your settlement offer.
Don’t let the insurance companies push you around. Working with a skilled and trusted car accident attorney in Florida can give you the upper hand. We won’t let you settle without making sure you have an accurate understanding of the future expenses you face. We want to make sure you don’t have to pay a dime out of your own pocket for injuries that you didn’t cause. It’s just not fair.
How Your Car Accident Claim Takes Shape
Just like no two car accidents are the same, no two car accident claims take the same path. There are, however, similarities that they all share:
- Injury – You’re involved in a car accident where you are injured.
- Medical Treatment – You receive immediate medical attention or need to continue receiving attention well beyond the date of the accident.
- Settlement Negotiations – Your car accident lawyer works diligently to maximize your settlement offer by negotiating with the insurance company.
- Filing Suit – If settlement negotiations don’t go as planned and the insurance company is unwilling to present a reasonable offer, we will file a lawsuit on your behalf.
- Trial – Once you have filed a lawsuit, the process of discovery begins, where parties exchange and review information related to the accident. Many times, this triggers additional settlement negotiations.
At any point during this process, your case could settle. But remember your future expenses, and don’t settle for less than what you’ll need for the rest of your life. Most cases don’t make it all the way to trial, and even if they do make it to that step, they often settle during the trial process and never go to a jury verdict. Working with us helps to ensure that you don’t miss any crucial steps or elements of your case. It also ensures that you put the insurance company on their heels, rejecting unreasonable low ball settlement offers and only accepting compensation that gives you the best chance of making a full and complete recovery.
Contact a Florida Car Accident Lawyer if You Need More Information
When you’re dealing with chronic pain after a car accident, all you want is to get better and for the pain to go away. Unfortunately, that usually means lots of doctor visits and even surgeries. We all know that doesn’t come cheap. Our goal is to make sure you get the maximum amount of compensation available, so you don’t have to pay for these medical procedures out of your own pocket. You didn’t cause the injury, so you shouldn’t bear any of the responsibility to pay the medical bills.
Maximizing your settlement means more than simply filing a claim with the insurance company. Contact our seasoned car accident injury lawyers who will help you push back on the insurance company, fighting tooth and nail to get you the maximum compensation for your injuries.
Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765