Back injuries occur in various ways. They involve different areas of the back (e.g., muscles, ligaments, joints, tissues, and the spine). Some back injuries are small, while others are severe and often the result of a catastrophic accident. Back injuries occur in a variety of settings, too, such as a motor vehicle collision, slip and fall incident, or a work-related injury.
Regardless of the where and when, if you injure your back in an accident and negligence played a role, you must know the proper steps to take immediately thereafter. Your actions directly influence how your personal injury case plays out, so having a checklist for these very situations is invaluable.
Steps to Take Immediately After a Back Injury
- Seek medical treatment immediately. Medical treatments immediately after an accident are your priority. The quicker you receive medical care, the easier it is to prove your case. Also, you are required by law to take measures to prevent further injuries or unnecessary costs. So, receiving prompt medical treatment shows that you are proactive in recovering from your injuries.
- Identify the negligent or responsible party. Sometimes this is easily done, while other times the responsible party is not clear. Your attorney can assist you with identifying responsible parties.
- Avoid insurance claims adjusters and do not give a statement. Insurance claims adjusters are likely to get in touch with you immediately after the accident (or at least within a few days’ time). Do not provide them with an official statement. Even if they request one, politely decline and refer them to your attorney. Giving an official statement could affect your compensation later.
- Do not accept a settlement without a proper valuation. Insurance claims adjusters know the right time to approach you with a settlement. While the settlement value might seem fair, you will quickly notice that it is not enough to cover your medical bills or lost wages. Never accept a settlement from an insurance company without first speaking to a personal injury attorney. An attorney evaluates your case using their industry knowledge, accounting know-how, and by focusing on the economy to determine how much you deserve.
- Speak with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. While you might be unable to contact an attorney immediately, the sooner you reach out to a personal injury attorney the better it is for your case.
Suffering from a Serious Back Injury? Contact Clarke Nash
Back injuries could affect you for the rest of your life. Not only is the pain debilitating with these injuries, but it could prevent you from working, enjoying your life, or even spending time with family and friends. Do not let the medical costs and lost wages bring you to the brink of financial destruction.
Instead, sit down with Clarke Nash and explore your options for compensation. We will calculate adequate compensation and hold accountable those who are responsible for your injuries.