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If you are hurt, follow your doctor’s instructions and get all the care the doctor believes you need. Whether it is a suggestion for physical therapy, home exercises, or follow up care with another doctor, follow the orders. That will help you get better (always your ultimate goal) and prevent some unsympathetic adjuster from attacking you later on down the road.

If you do not have health insurance to pay for your treatment, your automobile insurance policy may include Personal Injury Protection or MedPay coverage that will cover some bills and lost wages. Your agent will be able to tell you if you have this coverage. During treatment, decide if you need a lawyer. If you are in a small wreck and only go to the doctor a handful of times, you likely do not need a lawyer. If that is the case, you can contact the other driver’s insurance company and settle the case on your own. If you choose to do that, educate yourself on what you’re entitled to recover.

Document your injuries. Everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words. Take photos of your car and, if you have bruising or other visible injuries, have someone take photos of those. Finally, take your time. Do not settle your claim before you know the full extent of your injuries. A settlement is final. If you settle your case in the first day or week and then find out your condition is worse than you thought, you are out of luck.

Brooks Schuelke, News 8 Austin.

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