Saturday, July 27, 2013

What to Do After a Wreck in Mississippi

If you are injured in a car wreck it is important to take immediate steps to protect your rights. Much of the evidence that will be important in your case will go away soon after the wreck has occurred and it is important to act quickly to make sure the wreck is documented.

These ideas will help make sure you know what to do immediately after a wreck:

1. Get someone to document the accident scene including photographs of any skid marks. Also it will be a good idea to gather the information of any witnesses to the wreck. Often individuals do not collect this information and as a result they have no future access to a vital witness.

2. If you are hurting seek medical attention. Many people, especially men, will attempt to ride it out and avoid medical bills or because they don't have medical insurance. I have seen clients who had torn discs in their back and the adrenaline of the wreck and lack of health insurance led them to decline medical attention. When the torn disc emerged at treatment after the fact the question asked by the auto insurance company was, "If you were really hurt why didn't you immediately seek medical attention."

3. If you lost consciousness or cannot account for a period of time a concussion scan may be in order. Some symptoms of a brain injury will be noted by the individual or recorded in their early medical records. These could include:

Headache, dizziness, nausea, unsteadiness, confusion, disorientation, feeling “dinged” or stunned or “dazed”, seeing stars or flashing lights, poor short term memory, sensitivity to light, reduced sense of smell or taste, ringing in the ears, double vision, fatigue or sleep disturbance.

4. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your case, and your options.

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