Protecting Yourself Financially After a Clavicle Fracture
Medical costs can balloon easily with a clavicle injury, which may become a disaster if you aren’t able to go back to work anytime soon.
Of course, your safety and physical condition are paramount in a car accident situation. Seeking medical attention for broken bones sustained in a car accident as quickly as possible following a crash is important, but there are actions to take at the scene if you are physically able, like:
- Calling the authorities so a local law enforcement officer can investigate the crash.
- Getting the contact details of anyone who witnessed the car crash that caused your collarbone injury.
- Pulling out your phone and take snapshots of the accident scene to begin collecting evidence for your case.
- Visiting a medical professional immediately. This step remains important even in situations where you don’t think you are badly injured. Symptoms of serious internal injuries are not always obvious in the hours after an accident.
After your physical health is taken care of, the next step is to find skilled legal representation. That step is critical to protecting you from common insurance tactics to pay less than you deserve. It's also important if you need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party responsible for your fractured clavicle.
In either situation, an experienced Virginia car accident attorney can collect and then present all the evidence necessary to establish:
- How and when your injury occurred
- The effect that injury has had on your income, physical condition, and emotional well-being
- Who is liable for your damages and presents a good potential source of compensation
- Why that person is liable for your costs, such as negligent behavior like distracted or drowsy driving, failing to follow traffic laws, getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, or so on.
Compensation from insurance or a lawsuit could potentially cover costs like hospital bills, surgery expenses, lost income, as well as various non-economic damages for physical pain and other effects on your life.