If you were injured as a pedestrian in Texas, you should seek medical help immediately. If you did not receive emergency medical attention at the scene, go to the emergency room or schedule an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible. A complete medical evaluation will help your doctor start treating your injuries.
Once you have received medical attention, you should take the following steps:
- Be alert for symptoms
- Follow your doctor’s orders
- Document your pain/symptoms
- Gather any available evidence
- Be careful about what you say to the insurance company
- Discuss your case with a pedestrian accident attorney
Stay On Alert for Symptoms
In some cases, your doctor will not identify any injuries directly after the accident. However, this does not mean you did not suffer injuries. Sometimes the injuries and their symptoms take time to develop:
- Headaches or dizziness
- Back pain
- Pain in the shoulders or neck
- Tingling or numbness
- Abdominal pain
- Emotional distress
Follow Your Doctor’s Orders
Once you have received medical care, continue to follow your doctor’s orders. A failure to do so could jeopardize both your physical recovery. Staying consistent with the doctor’s treatment plan also affects your claim.
This could allow the insurer to devalue or even deny your claim.
Document Your Pain and Symptoms
In addition to following your doctor’s orders, document your pain and symptoms over the days, weeks, and months following your accident. These notes, also known as a pain journal, can help establish your injuries as well as their effect on your daily life.
It is also a good idea to document the care you have undergone. It helps prove that you are following your doctor’s orders and attempting to recover from your injuries.
Gather Any Available Evidence
As your lawyer works on your case, there are pieces of evidence you can gather. This may include:
- The police report
- Photos of your injuries
- Photos of the accident
- Your medical records
- Your medical bills
- Documentation of any time you needed to request off work to recover from your injuries
- Any other receipts related to the accident or your injuries
Watch What You Say to the Insurance Company
The insurance company is a business and, as such, may do what it can to pay you as little as possible for your injuries and losses. They may try to get you to say something that jeopardizes your claim.
In order to prevent this from happening, we recommend you stay on guard when discussing your accident with the insurer.
If the insurance adjuster asks if you suffered injuries, have them call your attorney. Our attorney will guide you on what to say and not to say. If they request a recorded statement, decline and direct any questions to your attorney.
Discuss Your Case with a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
You may be entitled to pursue a recovery for any injuries and losses you suffered in your accident. A pedestrian accident attorney from D. Miller & Associates, PLLC can determine if you have a case and help you pursue a recovery.
A pedestrian accident lawyer can handle the following for you:
- Gathering evidence
- Identifying liable parties
- Proving liability
- Building a robust case
- Estimating a value for your case
- Handling communication with the insurance company(s)
- Negotiating a settlement with the insurance company
- Taking your case to court, if necessary
Act Quickly or Avoid Recovering Nothing
Per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Title 2 § 16.033, you have two years after the date of your accident to take legal action to pursue a recovery.