No one sets out to get into a car accident just like no one intends to make a serious mistake after being involved in an accident. However, it happens all the time. At Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn we have helped many clients find their best options after accidents. Read on to learn about three of the mistakes we hope no one will make but whether you have made them or not, contact us at (310) 209-1600 to schedule a consultation.
Do Not Leave the Scene of the Accident without Gathering Necessary Information
Do Not Refuse Medical Treatment at the Scene of the Accident
Do Not Ignore Your Doctor’s Advice
Unless you are injured and need immediate medical attention, you should not leave the scene of the accident without gathering as much information as possible. You are likely to be in shock. You may be embarrassed, scared, or angry. It is normal to feel many emotions at this time but your best bet is to shake off those feelings and gather evidence.
This includes taking pictures of the license plate of the other involved cars, getting contact information from everyone involved (including witnesses), taking pictures of the scene itself, and gathering whatever other information you can. At this point, it is essential not to discuss the case with anyone at the scene and to ensure that you get as much evidence as possible. Failing to do so can significantly impact your eventual personal injury award.
Many people do not want to get medical treatment at the scene because they are afraid of medical bills. This is a mistake. If you have any injury, no matter how minor, you want to have it treated sooner rather than later. Not only does this help ensure a better recovery, but it also provides a record of your injuries at the scene. If you have any injury, talk to the medical professionals at the scene so you can be checked out and treated as necessary.
If you are the type of person who listens to your doctor’s advice and takes it with a grain of salt, you are going to have trouble with this one. When your doctor tells you to take a pill you should take it. If they tell you to get physical therapy then you need to get physical therapy.
If you fail to do what your doctor says, you could be diminishing the value of your case in two ways. First, the defendant’s attorney could argue that your injury must not be as serious as you say or you would be following through with medical advice. Second, they could refuse to pay for future medical costs on the grounds that you would have healed completely if you had followed the treatment plan your doctor provided.