Your Actions After An Accident Are Critical

In the blink of an eye, your life can change. If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, you must put on hold whatever plans you made for the foreseeable future while you deal with the long process of recovering and getting your life back on track.

At Downer, Walters & Mitchener, P.A., we know that those first intense moments after an accident can be confusing and terrifying. It is understandable if you are unable to think clearly enough to know what to do to protect yourself. However, taking the right steps can benefit you when dealing with the insurance company or filing a personal injury claim.

Your Health Is The Primary Concern

Every action following an accident should be done with an intention to protect yourself. If your injuries seem minor and you are able to get out of the car, you can begin to gather documentation by taking many pictures of the scene and obtaining contact information from witnesses and the occupants of the other vehicle while you wait for police and medical help to arrive. However, it is most important that you get the help you need:

  • Accept medical attention: If emergency medical technicians offer to look you over, allow it. Tell them about every symptoms or pain you are experiencing.
  • Tell them everything: If EMTs take you to the emergency room, do not rely on them to relay all your symptoms. Answer the doctors' questions truthfully and fully.
  • See a doctor: If you are not admitted to the hospital, make an appointment as soon as possible to see your personal physician. Signs of serious injury may not appear for hours, days or weeks after an accident. Report any new symptoms right away.

Failing to seek medical attention or to tell doctors about your symptoms prevents you from getting the help you need. It may also allow the insurance company to claim your injuries are not related to the accident.

Let Us Handle Things For You

If the insurance company calls you, they will likely sound very sympathetic to your situation. However, they can use everything you say to derail your ability to pursue compensation. Our attorneys know how to deal with lawyers from insurance companies. We have been successfully fighting for the rights of North Carolina accident victims since 1979.

Contact our Charlotte law offices at 704-594-4354 or through our online form as soon as possible after your accident, and we will work to obtain the compensation you need to improve your chances of a full recovery. Se habla español.

Our fees for our services are contingent on the compensation we obtain for you.