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If you have had the misfortune of being the victim of an automobile accident in Arizona or California, hopefully you were able to walk away from the accident without any bodily injury. However, if you have sustained an injury as a result of the accident, it is imperative that you follow the doctor’s orders.

Jonathan Negretti, a personal injury attorney and founder of Negretti & Associates, explains why it is important to seek professional medical care following a car accident.

Reasons why to see a doctor following an accident and comply with their recommendations:

  • Immediate evaluation: Even if you don’t see or experience pain right after the accident, your physician should still give you an exam. Often, car accident victims feel worse the day after the accident. If you don’t seek immediate medical care following the accident, insurance adjusters may argue that the pain you feel as a result of the accident may have resulted from an unrelated event.
  • Go by ambulance: At the scene of the accident, if first responders recommend that you seek medical assistance at a hospital and suggest an ambulance, it is best to go by ambulance. Insurance companies will try to use the fact that you didn’t go by ambulance against you.
  • Timing matters: The longer you wait for medical care, the more difficult it may be to connect your injuries to the accident.
  • Keep your appointments: Do your best to attend every medical appointment you make. This especially includes physical therapy.
  • Articulate the pain: Each time you visit with your doctor or physical therapist, be very clear about the pain you are experiencing. He or she will document your symptoms in medical records. If you do not tell your doctor about your pain, it will not be documented.
  • Explain how it happened: When meeting with a doctor or medical professional, be sure to explain how the accident happened. Be sure to be truthful with your doctor about any previous injury you had to the same body part.
  • Follow the doctor’s orders: Fill and take all medications as prescribed, participate in suggested physical therapy, and follow your trusted doctor’s recommendations.

For more information about the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates, please call us for a free consultation.

If you find yourself involved in a car accident, there are several steps you should follow while you are still at the scene of the accident. Following these critical steps will help protect your personal injury case.

Jonathan Negretti, personal injury attorney and founder of Negretti & Associates, shares these “must-do” steps to follow at the scene of a motor vehicle accident.

  • Call the police.
  • Wait for the police to arrive before you move your vehicle.
  • If you feel any symptoms from the collision, request an ambulance. If the paramedics recommend going to the hospital for addition assessment, go.
  • Stay neutral. Do not accuse anyone, do not accept responsibility, and do not dismiss the other party’s responsibility.
  • Cooperate with the police.
  • If you are physically able, take notes of people’s names, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers and insurance information. This also includes attaining the contact information for any witnesses.
  • Take photos – lots of photos. Take photos from multiple angles. Include images of all the vehicles, the entire scene, tire tread marks, etc.

If you’ve been involved in a car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates for a free, immediate evaluation of your case. Even if you haven’t followed all of the steps listed above, Negretti & Associates will still fight to protect your rights.

Following a car accident, there will be many conversations, meetings and notes that need to be documented. If your personal injury case goes to trial, you may be asked to recall how you felt, or what someone said to you during a specific conversation. It may be helpful to keep an accident journal to document important notes following your Arizona vehicle accident.

Jonathan Negretti, a personal injury attorney and founder of Negretti & Associates, shares the top items that may be helpful to document in your car accident journal.

  • Your version of how the accident happened.
  • The pain you felt at the scene of the car accident.
  • The names and contact information of all parties involved.
  • The names and badge number of the responding officers.
  • Following the accident, write down when you experience pain, make sure to include the date and specific details about what hurts.
  • Keep detailed notes when having conversations with insurance company representatives — include dates and names.
  • Document doctor and physical therapy visits — where you went, how many miles you drove, how long your appointment lasted, what the doctor said, how much work you missed for this appointment, etc. Keep a copy of each doctor’s business card in your accident journal.
  • Document time away from work and lost wages as a result of the accident.
  • If there are any bruising or broken bones, take pictures throughout the healing process.

If you hire the attorneys at Negretti & Associates for your personal injury case, we document all the necessary items to protect your case. However, we find it is helpful for our clients to also keep an accident journal to remind them to share information with the attorneys during their meetings. This helps the attorneys recoup every dollar you’ve lost due to the negligence of another party.

The attorneys at Negretti & Associates, a personal injury law firm, are committed to fighting for the rights of their clients. Whether it’s a car accident or a wrongful death case, the personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates work to ensure they have the knowledge and resources to defend their clients against some of the most powerful defendants.

Jonathan Negretti, founder of Negretti & Associates, shares the top five mistakes to avoid when filing a personal injury case.

Top 5 Arizona Personal Injury Mistakes to Avoid

  1. While at the scene of your accident there are very specific and immediate steps that must be taken. Not taking immediate action at the accident scene can significantly damage your personal injury case. Read more here.
  2. After leaving the scene, NOT documenting everything that happened. Read more here.
  3. Not seeing your doctor or following the doctor’s recommendations. Read more here.
  4. Providing the insurance company a statement, signing any insurance documents or accepting insurance settlement money without first getting legal advice. Read more here.
  5. Not hiring a lawyer or hiring the wrong lawyer. Read more here. 

To read more about each of the top five personal injury mistakes to avoid, click on the link next to each mistake.

The personal injury attorneys at Negretti & Associates provide free consultations and evaluations of your personal injury case. They will sit down with you and listen to your specific situation then provide an evaluation of your case.