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Protect Your Rights After a Wreck | Indianapolis Indiana

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When individuals suffer injury or illness due to the negligent or willful acts of other parties, they have the right to pursue compensation for all expenses connected with their injuries. However, they need to know how to protect their rights immediately after the accident, even before they obtain legal assistance.

Since motor vehicle accidents typically involve two or more parties and carry special legal requirements, you need to follow specific procedures to protect your legal rights to compensation. If you are involved in an auto accident, motorcycle or truck accident, the following tips can help:

  1. Seek medical attention.

    Even if your injuries seem relatively minor, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Many injuries do not reveal symptoms for hours or even days after the accident, yet delays in treatment can adversely affect recovery. Let your an emergency room doctor decide the extent of your injuries—and be sure to retain medical reports and receipts.

  2. Take photos.

    Use your cell phone camera to photograph the accident scene, damaged property, and injuries.

  3. Follow-up with your primary care physician after your hospital visit.

    You should make a follow-up appointment with your family physician as soon as possible after the accident. Your primary care physician knows you and your medical history better than the emergency room doctor you saw initially.  If you are still having problems after you’ve been seen at the ER, make a list of the problems and symptoms you have experienced and your family physician will chart a course of medical steps by possibly requesting x-rays, an MRI, or make an appointment for you with a specialist or a physical therapist.

  4. Secure the accident report.

    When police or local law enforcement are summoned to the location of the accident, they are required to complete a report with a drawing showing how the accident occurred. This report will give driver information,  witnesses statements and contact information, name of insurance company for all drivers and state where injured parties were disposed. This information will be used by your attorney to start the investigation into the facts of the accident. Bring this report to your attorney’s office at the first meeting.

  5. Contact your insurance company.

    Indiana state law requires a proof of insurance form immediately following the accident. Your insurance agent will send the form to the authorities electronically when you notify him or her of the accident in which you were involved. DO NOT DISCUSS FAULT.

  6. Contact experienced Indianapolis injury lawyer.

    Call Charlie Ward at 317-639-9501 for a free consultation and evaluation of your accident claim.

Charlie Ward

Ward & Ward Law Firm
728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501

A Medical Exam After an Accident Can Protect Your Rights

Have you seen a physician following an accident?

Call personal injury and accident lawyer Charlie Ward today for a free consultation

In the daily practice of law, I frequently receive telephone calls from people who were involved in a motor vehicle accident in need of advice. After the caller has detailed the events of the crash and described their physical pain, I go on to inquire if a medical exam was sought either at the scene of the accident or shortly thereafter. Why is that important?

Shock and the Adrenaline Rush

Immediately following an accident, the body swings into defensive response. A minor shock to the system can begin fueling the natural production of the powerful neutralizing hormone called adrenaline. People have been known to accomplish fantastic feats of strength and endurance during these hormonal bursts.  An adrenaline rush can even precipitate a loss of ordinary time reference. Think back on a stressful situation and I’ll bet you can recall the trauma in great detail frame-by-frame using the time delay of a slow motion sequence of events.

About 20% of adrenaline is composed of the hormone norepinephrine. Produced in normal amounts, norepinephrine (manufactured in part from dopamine) can create a sense of well-being and euphoria. The involuntary release of adrenaline throughout your system increases your heart rate and blood-sugar levels, improving the body’s performance in the short term. Those experiencing adrenaline rushes typically feel temporarily stronger, faster and more tolerant of pain.

Is your injury attributed solely to the accident?

It’s especially important to receive a medical exam as soon as possible after a trauma or accident since it may be days before an auto, motorcycle, bicycle or trucking accident victim begins to experience an onset of symptoms. The more time passes, insurance companies become less and less persuaded that a latent onset injury can be directly attributed solely to the accident. Seeking a medical examination either at the scene of the accident or immediately following, will establish your desire to follow through with a physician recommended treatment or follow-up plan and places you under the monitor and care of an accepted medical authority.

Experienced lawyers

Charlie Ward is a personal injury attorney experienced in litigating accidents and wrongful death claims involving cars, motorcycles and semi tractor-trailers. The law office of Ward & Ward receives no legal fees or expenses unless we collect damages on your behalf. Call Charlie today at 317-639-9501 to discuss your accident and receive a free analysis of your claim.

Charlie Ward

728 S Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46225
317-639-9501