If you have been in an automobile accident, you may be wondering what to do. Most of us understand our rights and responsibilities in the immediate aftermath of a minor accident, but few of us know how to proceed following a major accident where there have been injuries in addition to property damage. Furthermore, the confusion following an accident makes it easy for a victim to listen to others, who may provide well-meaning but unhelpful advice that can contribute to lifelong hardship for a victim.
If you have been the victim of an automobile accident, your first priority needs to be recovering from any injuries in that accident. However, some injuries are not visible. Particularly with severe accidents, victims may find themselves suffering from a wide-variety of non-physical symptoms. These symptoms can include anxiety, depression, and nervousness, and can have an impact that goes beyond the victim, impacting their personal relationships and their ability to work. Of course, these psychological effects only exacerbate the impact of any physical injuries, which may already have impacted a victim’s ability to work and to play a normal role among family and friends. Therefore, it is easy to see why adjustment period after an accident can be one of the most difficult time periods in a person’s life.
It is also easy to see why a person should not make any critical decisions during that time period, because stress and strain impact personal judgment. Unfortunately, accident victims do not have that luxury. Because of laws limiting the time in which a person can bring a claim as well as pressure from insurers and defendants, accident victims often have to make critical decisions during their recovery periods. That is why they need the representation of an experienced personal injury attorney during that process.
Attorney D. Michael Burke is a native West Virginian with over 30 years of personal injury experience and a commitment to providing quality legal representation that people can afford. Contact Michael at 304-263-0900, toll free at 800-903-0301, or visit him online at: www.burkeandschultz.com.