Unfortunately, accidents happen. They come in all shapes and sizes. But, do you know what to do if you are injured by someone else in an auto accident? Were you the driver? Were you a passenger? Were you commuting in a Lyft or Uber rideshare? Believe it or not, many people do not know what to do immediately after an auto accident because they have just endured a traumatic event to no fault of their own.
There was a time not long ago when the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, would not respond to specific auto accidents. That law, however, was changed and Metro is again responding to all accidents.
If you are involved in an auto accident, you should first immediately call 911, especially if you are injured. Accept medical attention if you injured. Make a police report as soon as possible. The police report is used to gather information about the accident itself, it may contain witness statements, pictures, the police officer’s account of what he/she believed happened leading up to accident. Second, police reports are not always accurate, so it is important that after you contact Metro, or your local police department, you contact an attorney.
Time is critical right after an accident. It is critical to your health should you be seriously injured; and, it is also critical to the value of your case. Going to the emergency room and/or a quick service medical facility is helpful, but it is not the end of treatment. Actually, it is just the beginning. A victim of an automobile accident must seek the proper medical care, whether that be through chiropractic work, pain management, surgery, etc. Your attorney should provide you with a list of medical providers to choose from.
Third, you must maintain the treatment plan. Failure to follow the treatment plan could lead to massive loss of value in a personal injury case. If you cannot get a ride to treatment, find one. If you are forced to miss a treatment day in a given week, make up the treatment in that same week.
Lastly, you must maintain contact with your attorney throughout treatment. Ensure that all documents are being sent from the provider to your counsel, verify that the treatment has a course (i.e. end goal and/or date), and always double check that major medical procedures are approved by your attorney before they are performed.