What to Do If You are Injured in a Car Accident

What you do immediately after an accident can affect not only your health but your legal case.

While no one goes about their day planning to sustain an injury in an auto accident, having a plan regarding what to do is a wise idea. Most accidents happen in the blink of an eye, giving you no time to think about what to do next.

Often, a guide can help you plan in case you have the misfortune of being injured in a car accident.

Steps to Take When Injured in a Car Accident

1. Get Medical Attention

While there are several necessary actions to take after an accident, the most important is ensuring the injured get medical attention. Some injuries are not visible and can be overlooked without proper medical care. Even if you do not think you are hurt, allowing a medical examination is in your best interest.

2. Report the Accident

All accidents and crashes must be reported to the WA Police and Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA). It is necessary to make sure both receive a notification. The ICWA is Western Australia’s compulsory third-party insurer for motor vehicle accidents. The agency pays for your medical treatment expenses for injuries from the accident if you are not at fault.

3. Follow Up with Your Medical Care

You need to allow your doctor to track your progress after the accident. Make sure you tell your doctor of new complaints, as some problems, especially psychological injuries, take time to manifest. Also, keep a record of your complaints and the medical response to prevent confusion later.

4. Keep All of Your Receipts

Whatever out-of-pocket expenses you pay for, be sure to keep your receipts. Whether it is therapy, medications, or medical procedures, you should be reimbursed for these expenditures.

5. Consult with a Lawyer Specialising in Injury Law

The process of ironing out an injury claim after a vehicle crash can be long and complicated. By teaming up with someone who understands injury law, you will face less frustration and have a better outcome than struggling alone.

The Aftermath of a Car Accident

The time following an accident can be quite chaotic, especially if you have not been in the situation. Once the immediate issues of medical care and car repairs are in motion, many people still have questions, especially regarding compensation and personal injury claims.

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You may wonder what acceptable claims for personal injury are? Provided you are not at fault in the accident, there are several things you can claim. These include any physical injuries, loss of income, and emotional distress. These claims may also be made for any passengers in your vehicle during the accident.

Often, there is some confusion regarding the level of compensation you will receive after an accident. Generally, your payment depends on factors such as the severity of your injuries, loss of function, and if you were partially to blame for the accident. This makes sense when considering the impact on an accident victim who loses a limb versus that of an accident victim with cuts and a broken arm.

If you are the victim of an accident, several specific kinds of compensation are available to you. These include payment for medical expenses, your lost wages and emotional suffering. You may also receive payments for the travel costs associated with your medical appointments, the cost of hiring for childcare and home duties you cannot perform. Additionally, compensation can be available for home modifications should you lose the ability to access your entire home because of injuries.

Frequently, accident victims ask if they can claim compensation if they are partially at fault for an accident. Making a claim is permissible. However, you will receive less compensation than if you were blameless.

Those who were at fault in an accident often incorrectly believe they cannot lodge a compensation claim. However, you should discuss this claim with a legal professional. While the process is complex, you may have success.