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Procrastination Is Your Worst Enemy After A Car Accident


Haste makes waste, but procrastination makes missed opportunities.  How much better would your grades in school have been if you had gotten started earlier on your assignments?  How much less could you have paid for plane tickets and hotel reservations if you had booked them sooner?  The one who got away might even have become your spouse if you had spoken up sooner about your feelings.  You cannot change the past, but it is not too late to learn from your mistakes.  As hard as it is to accomplish tasks in the aftermath of a car accident, unnecessary delays on your part can make it harder to get the compensation you need and deserve to cover your accident-related financial losses.  No one is expecting you to start making spreadsheets of your accident-related expenses as soon as you get home from the hospital, but you should not delay reaching out for help.  If you are stuck on where to begin trying to get the money you need to recover physically and financially from your injuries, contact a Columbia car accident lawyer.

Don’t Wait to Seek Medical Treatment

Getting bad news about your health is scary, and so is getting a huge medical bill for a relatively minor injury.  After a car accident, though, it is important to have a doctor examine you on the day of the accident, even if it means that you have to miss work or classes when you feel well enough to go.  The doctor’s report from right after the accident can make or break your accident-related insurance claim or lawsuit.  Some painful injuries don’t start to show symptoms until the next day or several days later.  If you don’t go to the doctor until you are in severe pain, the at fault driver can allege that your pain is due to some cause other than the accident, and depending on your pre-accident medical history, those allegations could be convincing.  Even if there is no doubt that the car accident caused your injuries, the fact that you delayed treatment and let your injuries get worse could affect the amount of money the insurance company or court could award you.

Don’t Wait to Contact a Lawyer

The statute of limitations for filing a car accident lawsuit in South Carolina is three years after the date of the accident, but you should contact a lawyer much sooner.  If your injuries are serious enough to lead to costly medical bills, then you should hire a lawyer to negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf, so that you can get a big enough insurance settlement without going to court.  You should not even wait until after the insurance company sends you an offer letter; instead, let your lawyer do the talking from the beginning.

Let Us Help You Today

The personal injury lawyers at the Stanley Law Group can help you get enough money to cover your accident-related medical bills as quickly as possible.  Contact The Stanley Law Group in Columbia, South Carolina or call (803)799-4700 for a free initial consultation.

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