Accidents Hurt: What Should You Do After You’ve Been in One?

In the moments after a car accident you will undoubtedly be shaken. The most important thing to do is to make sure you are ok. You may have suffered anything from broken bones or internal injuries, to sprains and strains, even concussions and other less obvious injuries. Injuries from automobile accidents can be caused directly by the impact or sometimes by aggravating a preexisting condition. It might even be days before you start noticing symptoms, which may include: headaches, stiffness, numbness, neck pain, lower back pain, shoulder pain, trouble sleeping, blurry vision, dizziness, and ringing in the ears, and more.

Our bodies are not unlike a car and can often be jolted out of alignment during an accident. Proper medical care, including chiropractic treatment or physical therapy may help prevent chronic stiffness and pain, scaring and long-term suffering. Older individuals in particular may have a difficult time moving as easily as they did prior to an accident. A chiropractor can increase your joint mobility to help get you back on your feet. Most importantly, a chiropractor can help prevent further damage to your body. If an injury goes untreated, future events, like falling down, may cause further injury. It’s important to receive necessary medical care not only to alleviate your pain and suffering now but to make sure your body heals properly to protect you in the future.

So, when does the law come into play? Personal Injury Law serves to right a wrong where harm is caused to one individual because another individual failed to use reasonable care. Automobile accidents are an unfortunate reality most of us face at one time or another. It’s important to know who you should turn to if it happens to you. Your health should always take priority. Be sure you get the medical attention you need to get and stay healthy after an accident. You should see your doctor as soon as you experience any symptoms. This is not only important to make sure you’re ok but is crucial to your legal claim for damages. If you delay in seeking medical care, the insurance company may be able to deny coverage if it’s shown the accident was not clearly the cause of your injury. It may be helpful to keep the pamphlet below from the South Carolina Bar in your glove box to help guide you in the event you are involved in an automobile accident.

The bottom line is this: Don’t hesitate to see a doctor immediately and make an appointment to be examined by a chiropractor to protect your health now and in the future. Even if it was a relatively minor accident, when it comes to your health and wellbeing nothing is trivial. It’s also important to seek the help and advise of a Personal Injury Attorney to make sure you are fairly compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.

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South Carolina Bar Auto Accidents and the Law

“Auto Accidents and the Law” – A Pamphlet and Information Form Every Driver Should Keep in the Glovebox

As a public service, the South Carolina Bar published a handy pamphlet to assist drivers involved in automobile accidents. It includes a brief form drivers should complete at the scene of the accident (or as soon as possible after receiving medical treatment). We suggest every driver in South Carolina keep a copy of this pamphlet in the glovebox. A free copy is available at: http://www.scbar.org/public/files/docs/AutoAccident.pdf

It may also be important for you to meet with an attorney soon after your accident. A personal injury attorney can:

-Assess and explain your legal rights;
-Help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your claim;
-Negotiate with the insurance claims adjuster;
-File a lawsuit (if necessary) and represent you in court;
-Give you peace of mind that no stone will go unturned.