Small, But Not Unimportant Auto Injury Tips
These personal injury tips and very important. They may seem small, but doing any of these may compromise your auto injury claim.
1) Never admit fault. If you were injured in an accident, you may be confused and scared. It is not up to you to decide who's fault the accident was. Just tell the insurance adjuster what happened to the best of your knowledge.
2) The adjuster may tell you that they are recording the conversation. They may not work with you if you don't give approval to be recorded. That being said, you don't need to to overstate what happened. Answer their questions. If you don't want to answer, say that you don't want to answer that question at this time. Or, better yet, get an attorney who will do that for you.
3) Not getting an attorney. Your attorney is an advocate for you. You may not be aware of how insurance companies work and to avoid compromising your auto accident, the attorney will know exactly how to handle the case. I highly recommend that you get an attorney.
4) Get treated by a trauma trained chiropractor after the accident. Why? Oftentimes people will try to treat their injuries themselves for days or weeks before they see a chiropractor. An insurance company may say that your injuries were not severe enough to prompt you to seek treatment. We all know for some people, symptoms don't happen exactly at the time of the accident. That is why even if you are not experiencing any symptoms at this time, it is good to get a baseline evaluation by a trauma trained chiropractor. Why? Because trauma trained chiropractors know how to specifically diagnose, prognose and treat an auto injury by correlating causality to bodily injury and bodily injury to functional loss. Many chiropractors can treat you, however the documentation, notes, coding and billing are all important parts to help you get your bills paid.
5) Don't post social media information that can publicly be seen by adjusters or defense attorneys. If you were injured, and a post shows you doing something that would be difficult to perform while being injured, an insurance company can use this against you to try to get out of paying your bills.
6) don't sign anything the adjuster gives you. Refer to #3.
7) document your injuries in a journal. Can't sleep for the last 3 days because you were in pain? Can't bath yourself because of the pain? Can't perform your normal work duties because of pain? Write it all down, dates, time, what you are feeling, when you iced your body, what over the counter medication you took, etc. Your attorney would like to have this. If you are motivated to document your condition, it means that you are in tune with your body, your injuries and and doing what ever you can to get better.
These may seem like small issues but can contribute to you getting your bills paid or not !
If you are in the Chicagoland area like, Chicago, Elmhurst, Berkeley, Stone Park, Melrose Park, Northlake, Westchester, Villa Park, Bellwood, Bensenville, Lombard, Oak Brook and Hillside and are experiencing whiplash, headaches, jaw pain, dizziness, low back pain, mid-back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain or have spinal stenosis, disc protrusions, disc bulges, numbness and tingling in the arms and legs, call Auto Accident Pain Relief Center of Illinois 24/7 at 800-862-5914.