October 28, 2017

What an Injured Passenger Should Do After a Car Accident

If you were riding in a car that someone else was driving and you were hurt in an accident, you may be wondering what you should do now. Your first concern should be your health. No matter what you think about the extent – or lack thereof- of your injuries, see a physician as soon as possible. Your next concerns should be with providing notice to the relevant auto insurance companies, keeping detailed records, and consulting with a Wisconsin car accident lawyer at Studinski Law, LLC.

Contact us today, or call us at (715) 343-2850 to schedule a free and confidential case consultation.

What You Should Do After You Are Injured as a Passenger in a Car Accident

You should work with your physicians to obtain the most appropriate treatment for your injuries, whether that includes surgery, casts, physical therapy, medications or other procedures. Your physical and emotional well-being should always be your top priority after an unexpected accident. This means you should also obtain any mental health services you need. Seeing a therapist after a car accident may be essential in treating your psychological injuries.

As soon as possible after the car accident, you will need to consider contacting the relevant auto insurance companies that need notice of the crash and a possible claim. You should notify the insurer of the vehicle you were in at the time of the accident, and the insurer(s) of the other drivers involved in the crash. You should also let your own insurance carrier know. Depending on the policy, your own insurance may be helpful.

Keep in mind, providing an insurer notice is not the same as formally filing a claim. Notice comes first and prepares an insurer for a possible formal claim. You should give notice as soon as possible and speak with an attorney before filing your claim. A lawyer can help you prepare your claim and ensure you file it correctly and with the appropriate insurer(s).

During this time, you must keep detailed records. You should obtain a copy of the police report regarding the accident and save all of the information you or anyone else involved with the accident gathered at the scene, including the drivers’ and witnesses’ contact information. In addition to information about the accident, you should keep records of your medical treatments, including notes from your physicians, answers to your questions, and the outcome of any tests you must submit to. You should also keep copies of all of your medical bills.

Additionally, make sure you record details on how and when you communicate with the insurers and who at the insurance companies you spoke with.

How a Car Accident Lawyer Can Help

When you suffer injuries in a car accident, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to work with an experienced and trusted personal injury lawyer. At Studinski Law, LLC, we are here to help you understand your legal rights and options, including how to recover the maximum compensation under the law.

When you are injured as a passenger in a vehicle, you may face tough questions, such as “who was at fault for the accident?” We will thoroughly investigate the crash to determine which driver was responsible, or if more than one person is responsible. It can be a difficult decision to file a claim against a family member or friend’s insurance policy. However, this is the purpose of insurance: to protect you and the policyholder, and to ensure that your rights and well-being are protected.

In addition to identifying the most relevant insurer to work with, our attorneys will help you properly calculate your damages. During a personal injury claim, you may have the right to obtain compensation for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Wage loss
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress and mental anguish
  • Disability
  • Disfigurement
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of earning capacity
  • Loss of society and companionship

You can calculate some of these damages based on your bills and pay stubs. However, many of them are non-economic damages that must somehow be valued. Our attorneys have handled a significant number of car accident claims, and we understand the various methods used to value non-economic damages. We will always fight for you to obtain the best compensation possible.

Contact Our Wisconsin Car Accident Lawyers Today

At Studinski Law, LLC, we want to see you receive the compensation you deserve under the law. We know that it cannot make up for being injured in a crash. However, it can ensure your finances are not irreparably damaged due to an accident caused by someone else’s negligence.

To learn more about how we can help you with your passenger injury claim, contact us online or call (715) 343-2850 to schedule a consultation.

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