How best to handle an injury suffered a car accident?

I was in an accident and it was the other driver’s fault. I went to the hospital that day due to lower back pain and the hospital took X-rays and everything looked OK. It has been over 2 weeks and I am still having pain. I went back to the hospital because I could not go to a doctor due to the fact I have no medical insurance or money to cover the doctors costs. The hospital did not do anything for my pain and referred me to an orthopedic. I called the orthopedic and they told me they did not handle back pain. Also I am going to lose money as a result of my car being totaled. What should I do?

Asked on October 27, 2011 under Personal Injury, Georgia

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You should speak with an attorney--and note that many personal injury attorneys will provide a free initial consultation to evaluate a case. If you are injured and/or suffer property damage due to the fault of another, that person may be liable  for your losses, injuries, and costs. Potentially, you could recover your medical expenses; any lost wages; the value of your car;  the cost of mass transit or taxis you've taken due to the loss of your car; and possibly additional compensation for  pain and suffering.

Many personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that the attorney gets a portion of whatever he or she recovers for you; the lawyer is not paid unless and until you are paid, which could help if you don't have the upfront money for an attorney. Good luck.


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