Just the other day, a driver was killed in South Carolina due to a head on collision when the driver of a truck allegedly illegally passed a vehicle and then hit the victim head-on. Apart from the tragedy of being killed in a car accident, you are more likely to be severely injured in a wreck. Do you know what to do when and if this happens to you ask?
Step One: Seek Medical Attention
Don’t try and be a hero. If you feel even the slightest bit of pain make sure you call an ambulance and go to the hospital to be checked out. Your health is the most important thing. Further, the quicker you get medical treatment, the quicker you will begin to feel better. At the very least you will have an initial diagnosis of what is wrong. If for some reason you do not feel your injuries are severe enough to go to the hospital, it is very important that you seek the treatment of a physician on your own as soon as possible after the accident. The longer you wait to seek medical treatment, the worse you will feel. Also, waiting to seek medical treatment can negatively affect your case as the attorneys for the other side will claim you are not really injured. So, first and foremost go seek medical treatment.
Step Two: Follow Your Doctor’s Advice
This seems obvious, however many people do not follow up with their medical treatment. This can seriously affect your health in a negative way and can most definitely affect your claim in a negative way. If you don’t do what the doctor tells you to do, how can you claim that you are legitimately injured? Always follow your doctor’s advice, take all required medication, and go to all therapy appointments that are prescribed for you.
Step Three: Call Elrod Pope Law Firm
Contact us right away! It is crucially important to have the advice and counsel of an experienced law firm to help you through this process. Car accident cases can often be tricky and the law has many requirements that must be fulfilled in order for you to be able to seek recovery for your damages. Never go it alone. Our firm has a combined 50 years of experience in handling these types of cases. Don’t delay. Call our law firm right away.
Step Four: Follow Your Lawyer’s Advice
There will be times during the case where we need you to actively help us in collecting documents, getting financial information, getting medical records, etc. You are the most important aspect of the case. We need you to interact with us and be active in assisting us in resolving your claim.
Step Five: Be Patient
Oftentimes, cases can be settled prior to litigation. However, this is not always the case. Sometimes you need to seek the relief of the South Carolina justice system to help you in your claim. This is where it’s crucial to have a top legal team on your side. We know that the wheels of justice can turn slowly at times, so it is very important to be patient and take every step one at a time, day by day.
At Elrod Pope Law Firm, we will be with you each step of the way. We are here to listen, to explain, to fight for you and to help you in anyway we can. All you have to do is pick up the phone or fill out our contact form on our website and one of our skilled Rock Hill auto accident lawyers will be in touch with you right away. During this difficult and often painful time, you are not alone. We are here standing right beside you.
Thomas E. Pope is a Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Medical Malpractice Attorney who practices in Rock Hill, Lake Wylie, and Lancaster, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and has been practicing law for 31 years now. Thomas E. Pope believes in protecting the injured. Learn more about his experience here.