After you experience a car accident, especially if you suffered injuries, you can't wait on an insurance company to go through their lengthy claim process to begin treatment and recovery. Whether the claim is made to your own insurer or the insurer of another driver, insurance providers are often more concerned with protecting corporate profits than protecting their customers. While this is not always the case, when you are injured, you can't afford the time or cost of waiting to find out if the insurer addressing your claim will make your care a priority without trying to save money at your expense.
Even if you think that your accident was not that bad, it is vital that you get a proper medical screening after any kind of car accident. In a best case scenario, you'll have no notable injuries. In many cases, however, your injuries may not produce pain immediately. If left untreated, you may suffer serious, long-term damage or even develop potentially fatal injuries.
What if your injuries are serious and require immediate extensive treatment? You can't wait on an insurer to give you the green light to get medical care. Of course, an experienced attorney is a vital team member after any car accident to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your medical costs and other losses. But an attorney is also a huge help to ensure that insurance providers don't cut corners on your care, or making sure that medical care providers will wait to receive payment from the insurer instead of handing you the bill and potentially ruining your credit in the process.
No matter the severity of your accident, an experienced attorney can help you navigate the aftermath and ensure that your fair treatment and recovery remains at the heart of the process. Do not hesitate to seek out professional legal counsel to keep you rights secure as you recover.
Source: Findlaw, "Car Insurance Claims: Dos and Don'ts," accessed May 19, 2017