Have you recently been in an auto accident? One of the most common accidents following an accident is whiplash. This is when the muscles in the neck and shoulders are quickly and severely strained. Doing your own whiplash accident claim can be a little difficult, but you can commonly do this on your own by just collecting the right documents and getting all the information for the case. However, you should always get a lawyer if the other person refuses to pay.
Documents are very important in any type of trial. Documents prove that your side of the story is correct, and the documents are verifiable to ensure that the information on them is right. There are two types of documents you need for your whiplash accident claim.
The first type is the medical documents. These are all the documents that your doctor gives you, and all of the documents from the hospital. These documents will prove that your condition has been diagnosed, and it will also show how severe your case is. Severity is very important, as a more severe injury often leads to more compensation.
You also need the police report. You should call the police right after the accident happens so that an officer will create a report. While you don’t need the police report to file a claim, it will be very helpful. The police report will show that your car was injured, and it will prove that you weren’t at fault for the accident.
You have all the documents you need, but you also need other information for the case to run smoothly. You should write down the other vehicle’s information (VIN number, license plate and make and model), your account of the accident, the role of the other driver and you should also get the police proceedings.
These notes will be very important for proving what happened to you, and they will make it easier for you to track down the person that caused the accident.
You need to file and register your claim as soon as possible. Waiting not only makes the case last longer, but it can cause uncertainty to arise. If it’s right after the accident, then you can probably remember a lot of details about what happened. If it’s been a few years, then you might have a hard time recalling everything that you remembered. This means that a skilled lawyer may be able to get the case dismissed because you may not remember what happened.
Lastly, you need to make sure that your whiplash and the information from the accident correspond. For example, if you get your medical documents back and they say that you don’t have whiplash, then you might have a hard time with your claim.
While you can always make a whiplash accident claim without the help of a lawyer, you should consider hiring one. The lawyer will make it much easier for you because he or she would know how the case goes, and it relieves you of having to hunt all of the above documents. If the whiplash is moderate to severe, then you should call a lawyer to help out with your case.
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