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What to do after a car accident

Many accident victims worry about whether they are taking the right steps to protect themselves after a car crash.  When you suffer injuries from a car accident, the initial steps you take are crucial in determining whether or not you will have a successful legal claim for your injuries.  You need to make important decisions about your medical treatment and your legal representation that can permanently affect your recovery in your lawsuit.  In addition to these important choices you have to make, you will also be under pressure to give statements about your accident that could potentially be used against you in your Nebraska personal injury case.

If you were injured in an accident, and you’re not sure what you should do next, call our offices to speak with an experienced Omaha auto accident attorney who can advise you as to the proper steps to take from this point on.

Medical Treatment

When you are injured in a car accident, one of the first decisions you will have to make is if or when you seek medical treatment.  This decision will have a great impact on your personal injury case in the future.  When you are in an automobile accident, the first thing we recommend to all of our clients is that they tend to their medical issues first and foremost.  For some injuries, you should immediately head to the emergency room.  These injuries include anything that is severe, or minor injuries in a situation where there could be brain injuries. If your injuries do not warrant emergency medical care, you should still try to be seen by a medical professional as soon as possible after your accident. Not only will this be an important part of the record for your case, but it will also help you get immediate treatment to minimize your injuries.  Some injuries are not apparent until hours or days after the accident.  As soon as you feel anything out of the ordinary, you need to see a doctor.

Insurance Companies and Legal Representation

After an accident, you do need to inform your insurance company that the accident occurred.  Depending on your circumstances and the extent of your injuries, you may be able to do this quickly after the accident occurs.  If not, you can always hire an attorney immediately and they can notify your insurance company. However, it is important to remember that you should report the accident sooner rather than later.  Even though you may converse with the insurance company to report the accident, this does not mean that you should give any statement regarding liability in the accident.  We urge clients to refrain from making any statement of guilt or responsibility without first speaking with an attorney.  Once you have reported your accident, you have no additional responsibility to give information to your insurance company.  Your attorney can handle giving them the rest of the information they need while also protecting your rights throughout the process.

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Omaha Car Accident Lawyer

If you were injured and you don’t know what to do next, please call our office today to schedule a consultation with an attorney at Miller Lathrop. Call today to schedule a free consultation where we can talk to you about your next steps after your car accident.