Sustaining an injury in a Texas car crash is scary, but you do not have to face your injuries alone.
Here are several steps to take that may help you physically, mentally and financially recover from a car accident injury.
1. Accept medical treatment
After a car crash, many hormones, such as adrenaline, run through your body to help you cope with stress. These hormones may also prevent you from feeling the full spectrum of pain associated with your injuries. Whether you feel okay or not, you should accept the medical treatment that first responders offer.
2. Do not downplay your injuries
Avoid minimizing your injuries at the scene of the accident and in your follow-up care. Be honest about every symptom and its severity with your providers.
3. File an insurance claim
Texas is an at-fault auto insurance state, so you should file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance. However, Texas also follows the rule of proportionate responsibility, which means if you share 50% or more responsibility in the injury-causing accident, you may have difficulty with your insurance claim.
4. Document your symptoms as they arise
In addition to reporting new or progressing symptoms to your physician, you may also want to keep an updated notebook detailing your mental and physical injury symptoms. This valuable documentation might help your injury claim.
5. Track your injury-related expenses
Recovering from an injury is not cheap. Keep track of your injury-related expenses, including lost wages, to demonstrate your financial hardship.
No one wants to think about car accident injuries. However, knowing what to do may put you in a better position to receive compensation.