Hello. My name is Michael Galyen. I am a personal injury lawyer at the law firm of Bailey & Galyen, one of the largest consumer law firms in Texas. We have represented tens of thousands of people who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents. We understand the confusion and uncertainty you may feel after a car accident and we can help.
Before you do anything else, make certain you get thorough medical attention. It’s not the time to be strong or to try to shake things off. You’ve been hurt—the best way to fully protect your rights is to accept that.
You may think—hey, I feel fine…I guess I was lucky. Not so fast!! Many of the most serious injuries caused by an automobile accident—concussions or traumatic brain injury, for example– won’t be immediately apparent—head injuries can take days or weeks to show any outward signs. In addition, the adrenalin rush from a collision can mask the seriousness of soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains and muscle pulls.
Get the medical care you need as soon as possible, at a hospital emergency room, an urgent care facility or your primary physician’s office. If you wait too long before receiving treatment, the insurance company will claim that you must’ve not been that hurt, or they may even suggest that the injury was caused by some other event that happened after the accident.
When being treated by medical professionals, make certain you tell them about everything that feels different. Don’t just focus on the obvious injuries—like a broken leg—and forget to mention your other injuries you’ve suffered, like a stiff neck or back.
One final note on medical care—ask doctors and nurses to document everything in writing, so that you have a permanent record.
It’s never too soon after any type of accident to contact an attorney to ensure that your rights are fully protected. At Bailey & Galyen, we’ve helped personal injury victims just like you for more than 40 years. Call us today.