What to avoid if you’ve been in a car accident
We’ve listed out 6 common mistakes to avoid after a car accident to provide valuable information for victims who have either never been in an accident or have felt like they received the short end of the stick after being involved in one.
According to statistics, one in four people will be in a car accident in their lifetime. That means you, or someone you know, will be involved in some form of an auto collision, and possibly suffer injury from it. More often then not, victims of a car accident injury aren’t prepared for what comes next.
6 Common Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident
1. Only visiting the ER
ER doctors are limited to prescribing pain killers that only mask symptoms and don’t address the core issues needed for proper healing.
2. Downplaying how you feel after a car accident
Insurance adjusters can record how you feel and use it against you. Get properly checked out by your doctor or an auto accident injury specialist.
3. Settling with the insurance company too quickly
Settling without being checked out by a medical professional could leave you in pain for years without coverage to pay for treatment.
4. Not seeking medical help due to fear of increased rates
Seeking medical help will not increase your insurance. Increases are typically calculated by who caused the accident & vehicle damage.
5. Not getting a medical assessment immediately
It’s critical to get checked as soon as possible after an accident, or the insurance company may question if the accident is the cause of injury
6. Not having Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage
In the state of Oregon PIP is required. However, in Washington, this is considered optional, but the benefits to the patient’s recovery are so good, everyone should have it. Click here to learn more about why everyone should have PIP coverage.