A bike accident can be a horrifying experience. From the physical pain to the stress and frustration on how you will accomplish your everyday activities or pay your bills, you may feel lost or confused at where to begin. You may feel like you have no control over your own life, and it can be very overwhelming.
If this sounds familiar, you should contact Joseph M. Ghabour & Associates to help mitigate some of these feelings and we will put you on the right path for the best chance of recovery for your personal injury claim.
Below you will find a list of significant steps you can make following a bicycle accident. We hope that the following list will help gain a better sense of control, create a strategy to overcome your loss and give you the confidence that you’re making the best decision for you and your family. It is important to remember that you are not alone, and it is important to take these steps to ensure the best recovery after an accident.
Compose a record of the accident
A great deal of the evidence from a personal injury lawsuit will come from your memory. After time passes, your memory may not be as clear as it was right after the accident. It is important to write everything down as soon as you can following an accident when it is fresh in your mind.
To assist you with keeping your record, Mr. Ghabour has made the Injury Victim’s Diary—Records Are the Tools of Justice, which is a simple-to-utilize instrument intended to guarantee that all critical information regarding the accident will be recorded. The information you write down could greatly influence the outcome of your case, so it is important to fill it out as best as you can.
Keep all records from the hospital, doctors, police, insurance company, and your personal notes together in a safe, dry and clean area, so you can protect the documents from any harm that may happen to them or prevent them from being lost. These records could be crucial to your case and will help your claim in the event you proceed to litigation. Every supporting document and record can be used to give your claim strength, so it is important to keep accurate, organized and detailed records.
Seek Medical Treatment
If you have been injured in a bicycle-related accident, regardless of how minor you believe your injuries are, seek medical help immediately—this is one of the most significant recommendations we can offer, not only for your well being, but it adds to the value of your case.
While scrapes and bruises usually show up shortly after the accident, other wounds may need more time to appear and can take hours or days for the injuries to become symptomatic. Tissue can be delicate and although you may not feel physical pain for quite a while, it is still an underlying issue that can have long-term effects. That is the reason it’s so critical to see a specialist quickly, and face to face. That way, the doctor can give you a full assessment and report your wounds as the symptoms arise. It will make your case stronger and provide background on how your injuries and treatment have progressed.
If you do not seek treatment, your condition can get worse and cause more permanent damage if not appropriately treated. It is important to visit a doctor after an injury to treat and prevent any additional worsening of a condition. Communicate with your doctor. Tell them all your complaints no matter how little they may seem; you never know if there could be an underlying issue. Also, listen to your doctor. Your doctor will make a treatment plan based on the symptoms and severity of your injuries. It is important you stick with the plan the doctor has made for you so your injuries will heal properly.
Document Your Injuries
To get reasonable compensation from insurance agencies, documentation is everything. Medical records and documentation are the most important factors for every successful claim. Adjusters use computer programs to review all the records and documents pertaining to a case in order to evaluate the claim. It’s important to be thorough and have your doctor document everything and provide the same to the insurance company.
While it is your doctor’s job to evaluate and diagnosis the injuries, it is your responsibility to take notes regarding your injuries and tell your doctor everything you are feeling. If the necessary documentation isn’t entered into the computer program properly or doesn’t match the criteria that the computer can comprehend when it analyzes the data, the program may not be able to appropriately assess your physical injuries and your claim could suffer.
Report the accident to your insurance company
If you were involved in a bicyclist accident contact your insurance company. If your accident involved a car and you have a motor vehicle insurance policy, report it to them right away and open a claim.
If you are not covered by auto insurance, contact us today and let’s discuss your case in detail. Each case is different, and we can guide you through the proper channels.
Contact a personal injury lawyer (one who specializes in bicyclist related accidents).
Since bicyclist related accidents can result in severe and debilitating injuries, it is frequently in the victims’ best interest to contact a lawyer with experience taking care of these kinds of cases. You should talk to a lawyer prior to reporting the accident to the insurance company, so you know what details you can discuss with them if any and how to protect your case.
Why should you not disclose information to the insurance company? Your insurance company generally isn’t on your side. If there is a chance you will need to sue, things you say to them or documents provided can be used in litigation. In some situations you may need to sue your own insurance company for underinsured or uninsured motorists, in these situations, details you may have given them can be used against you in your claim. If you were to sue another party, the insurance company may be an ally, but for the most part, you need to proceed with caution around insurance companies.
It is best to speak with a personal injury attorney who has experience with cases of victims of bike accidents. At Joseph M. Ghabour & Associates, LLC we will a personalized and tailored approach to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation regarding your personal injury matter.
To make a stronger case and help you understand the processes involved in a personal injury claim, do your research, ask questions, and read. Today, you can find anything out on the internet, if you want to find some information, it is at your fingertips. There are endless amounts of articles online about every subject you can imagine. Immerse yourself in education, research what the stages of a personal injury case are or look up information on insurance. We have plenty of information and articles on our website as well. If you have any questions, give us a call. If we don’t have the answer, we will get the information for you. Being involved in an accident can be stressful and sometimes confusing, if you can educate yourself it can help offset the burden and stress that is involved in a personal injury claim.
Mr. Ghabour has written several books on personal injury claims (Click here to obtain a copy of Mr. Ghabour’s books). These books are resources to help you understand what is involved in a personal injury claim and how to protect your claim.
Considering the stressful nature of an accident, unwinding may sound incomprehensible. You might be facing coping with physical pain, a heap of doctor’s visit expenses and an unsure future. It’s important to try to find some relief in a stressful situation. Pursuing a personal injury claim can require a lot of time and energy and it is important to realize you are not alone and we are here to help. Trying to find some time to relax will help the healing process
In any case, although the recuperating process will require some serious energy, things will get easier. Contact Joseph M. Ghabour & Associates LLC today to handle you case so you can relax knowing you are in good hands and you have the right personal injury attorney on your side.