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We are doing a series on what to do when involved in a car accident. First we are going to cover when to seek medical attention. 

The first thing you should do when in a car accident in Folsom is seek medical treatment for injuries you have suffered. If you wait and delay treatment, insurance companies are more likely to deny your claim and allege that your injuries are not related to the car accident.

It is very important that you tell your doctor about every part of your body that has been injured or is in pain.  Don’t try to be tough–it is crucial that your injuries from the car accident are medically documented from an early stage.

Provide as much detail as you can with respect to each and every part of your body that hurts.  This will also ensure that your personal injury attorney has the information necessary to represent you accurately in future negotiations or a lawsuit.

The next in the series for posts is going to be on what notes to take at the scene of an accident. Click here to read more.

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Wrapping up the 3 part series about how to respond when you have been involved in a car accident we are discussing contacting an attorney. So far we have covered Seeking Medical Attention and Taking Notes.

Whether you have suffered a minor injury or a more significant one in Folsom, such as a car accident, it is essential to choose a personal injury attorney who understands your pain and frustration. It is also important to choose a local representative who can meet with you to discuss your case, make court appearances and provide you with regular updates.

Personal Injury Attorneys Are Not All Alike!

If you think you have been injured in a Folsom car accident as a result of another’s negligence, contact a personal injury attorney to help guide you through the next steps you can take in making a personal injury claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.   A Folsom personal injury attorney will represent you against the negligent party and the insurance companies to protect your interests and pursue just compensation.

Our personal injury lawyers are here to ensure all of our clients’ legal needs are taken care of. But we also endeavor to provide a support network to help them through this difficult time of transition and help regain control of their lives.

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It’s important to know what to do when you’re in a car accident. Responding in the correct manner can make the difference in your ability to protect yourself and those in your vehicle if legal action is taken either by you or the other party.

In our previous post cover the first step we discussed how and when to seek medical attention when finding yourself in a traffic accident. You can read the full post about seeking medical attention here.

Take Notes Regarding the Car Accident

One of the first things you should do after a Folsom car accident is write down everything you remember about the accident, including your injuries, emotional distress, effect the accident has had on your day to day life, and out of pocket costs.  These notes, whether in the form of a diary or otherwise, can be very useful down the road when you and your personal injury attorney are pursuing an action for damages.  Plus, our memories can fail us as time passes, so the more you document about your accident in Folsom and the after effects, the better.

Take notes on the accident.  Include the “who, what, when, where and why” of the car accident.  Try to write down details related to time of day, weather, who you were with, where you were going, location of the accident in Folsom, and so on.

Document your injuries.  Make notes of your daily pains and discomforts.  This can include anxiety, loss of sleep, loss of appetite, nightmares, loss of memory, headaches, and so on.  If you do not note them early on, you may forget to claim them later.

Document any economic or wage losses you incur as a result of the injury.  For example, if you have to take time off work, write day how many days you take off, and note your work hours, income, and any other economic losses you suffer.

After taking your notes it’s important to contact an attorney. We cover the things to look out for and what makes a good attorney for car accidents. Click here to read about contacting a lawyer.

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When you have been injured in a car or auto accident in Folsom, or have suffered another type of personal injury, the steps you follow immediately after sustaining the injury play a very important role in your potential case.

In this series of posts we will be discussing what to do when you have been injured in a car accident.

Seek Immediate Medical Treatment

The first thing you should do when in a car accident in Folsom is seek medical treatment for injuries you have suffered. If you wait and delay treatment, insurance companies are more likely to deny your claim and allege that your injuries are not related to the car accident.

It is very important that you tell your doctor about every part of your body that has been injured or is in pain.  Don’t try to be tough–it is crucial that your injuries from the car accident are medically documented from an early stage.

Provide as much detail as you can with respect to each and every part of your body that hurts.  This will also ensure that your personal injury attorney has the information necessary to represent you accurately in future negotiations or a lawsuit.

The next step is to take notes, which will be covered in the next post do when you’re in a car accident. Click here to read more

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In our previous article we discussed the demand letter and negotiation stages of a personal injury case, in this article we will discuss the final stages; Lawsuit Filing, Settlement, Trial.

Lawsuit Filing and Discovery Process

Once your personal injury attorney files a lawsuit, the other party will file a response, and the discovery process will begin.  In this stage, lawyers propound questions to the other side to discover information and facts about the case, the incident, and the parties.  Depositions may be taken from the parties to the suit or from witnesses.

Settlement or Mediation

If the attorneys are not able to settle the personal injury case before suit is filed, they will again try to negotiate settlement during the discovery process, after filing suit.  The parties may hire a local mediator in Folsom, a neutral lawyer who will help facilitate settlement between the parties.  If a settlement can be reached, trial is not necessary.  If settlement cannot be reached, the parties will agree to move to trial.

Trial

A trial for your personal injury case in Folsom may occur months or over a year after mediation has occurred.  The trial can take days, weeks, or even months.  The results of trial are final.

This article is the last of our series.

 

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