In the days following an Orlando motorcycle accident, you should:
- Seek medical attention, even if you received care at the scene of your accident or you do not have apparent injuries
- Call a legal professional to receive a consultation
- Refrain from making any on-the-record statements until you have spoken with a legal professional
- Obtain any documentation that could be important to your pursuit of compensation
A lawyer can guide you through the post-accident checklist, with the defense of your rights and care for your injuries being the primary focuses.
Impact Injuries Can Be Deceiving
One reason why it is important to seek medical attention in the hours, days, and weeks following a motorcycle accident is that injury symptoms may not emerge right away. The Mayo Clinic notes that the symptoms of traumatic brain injury (TBI)—one possible outcome of a motorcycle accident—may not emerge until weeks after the injury occurs.
You may accept medical care at the scene of your accident, as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) may be able to spot symptoms of injury and provide treatment. The extent of treatment they may provide could be somewhat limited, however, and you may accept ambulance transportation to a medical facility for further care.
Whether or not you receive an injury diagnosis in the immediate aftermath of your accident, you should pursue follow-up care in the days following the collision. Doing this may be important because:
- You may have new symptoms indicating serious injury
- You may need treatment to address any symptoms that you are experiencing
- You may not generally be able to adequately diagnose your injuries from home, even if you have some sort of medical background
- Receiving treatment and diagnosis of your injuries could be important if you choose to pursue compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit
You may consider an accident to be relatively minor, only to find out later that you suffered one or more serious injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that 80 percent of motorcycle accidents cause some sort of injury, so the odds lean towards you having some sort of injury.
Injuries Can Create Secondary Losses
You may want to document your injuries in the days following an Orlando motorcycle accident, as it may be important to show the connection between your accident and your negative health outcomes. Suffering an injury can lead to several consequences in your life that may entitle you to compensation.
If you are physically or cognitively injured because of your motorcycle accident, then you may:
- Miss a significant period of work, and lose your regular income
- Have long-lasting or permanent physical restrictions
- Have permanent cognitive impairment, such as forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating
- Experience negative changes in your personality or mood
- Develop specific conditions such as depression
- Lose your sense of independence
- Not be able to pursue specific goals and aspirations because of physical and cognitive impairment
- Develop a permanent disability
- Experience chronic pain
You may experience substantial financial hardship because of these losses, and the cost of treating your injuries could worsen your financial standing. Your lawyer will fight for you to receive compensation covering all losses related to your accident.
A Lawyer May Be Able to Guide You After Your Accident
Seeking medical care is just one of the responsibilities you may need to tend to after your motorcycle accident. A lawyer can inform you of other tasks that may be necessary if you plan to bring a lawsuit or insurance claim, and may be able to complete certain tasks on your behalf.
You may need to report your injuries to certain authorities and may need to ensure that a report of your accident is filed as well. You may also need to make statements to insurance companies, and a lawyer may be able to protect you from unsavory insurance company practices as your claim develops.
If you end up bringing a lawsuit, then your lawyer will handle the legal process from start to finish. Some of the duties your lawyer may perform include:
- Obtaining evidence of your accident, such as traffic camera recordings and photographs of the accident scene
- Interviewing witnesses to your accident
- Obtaining records of your injuries and medical care
- Filing your lawsuit
- Calculating losses you have already suffered and projecting your future losses
- Negotiating a settlement on your behalf
- Completing a trial
- Defending your rights
It may benefit you to call a legal professional as soon as you can, as Florida Statutes § 95.11 states that you generally have four years from the date of your accident to bring a personal injury lawsuit, and you generally have even less time to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine Today
We will go the extra mile as your legal representatives, and we may be able to help you seek fair compensation for losses such as medical care, lost income, and pain and suffering. Call the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine today at 1-407-500-4000 for a free consultation.