3 tips after a serious car accident

You may encounter a number of tough decisions after a car accident, and being able to make the best choice can be especially difficult if you were injured in the crash.

Here are some things to consider to help you get your life back on track.

1) Your top priority should be getting appropriate medical care.

After a serious accident, your current and future health may be at risk. It is crucial to obtain the correct kind of medical treatment -- not only for your health, but also because waiting to get medical care could hurt your insurance claim.

If an insurance company sees that you waited to get medical treatment, the insurer may try to say that your injury isn't as bad as it really is, and that could hurt your chances of getting full and fair compensation for medical bills.

2) The insurance company is not on your side.

Insurance companies are in business to make money. When an insurance adjuster calls you after a crash, you can be sure that the questions the adjuster asks are designed to minimize the amount of compensation you receive.

For example, if the adjuster asks how you're doing, and you say, "not too bad," that simple statement could be used against you to show that you were not badly injured, when really you were.

That is why you should speak with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident.

3) An experienced personal injury attorney can handle the insurance company while you focus on healing.

When a personal injury lawyer represents you in a car accident case, the insurance company deals with the lawyer -- not you -- while you devote your energies to getting better, physically and mentally.

At Almanzar & Youngers, we help car accident victims obtain the maximum in compensation. We understand that the pain resulting from a crash transcends physical injury. You may be experiencing deep emotional hurt after an accident, and part of our work is to help alleviate that kind of pain by handling the insurance company and other issues for our clients.

For more on these matters, please see our New Mexico personal injury overview.

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