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What to do after a car accident

What to do after a car accident

What should you do if you’ve been in a car accident?  Here are the 5 steps to take that will help you regulate any injury sustained from a car crash and help you prevent serious damage from becoming worse, or even permanent.

  1. Keep Your Cool
  2. Get Medical Attention
  3. Inform your insurance company immediately
  4. See your GP

1. Keep Your Cool

The most important thing to remember after an accident is to stay calm. No matter how bad the accident is, panicking will only make things worse.  There needs to be at least one person in the crash who remains calm so they can keep a level head during the crucial minutes following a car accident.

2. Get Medical Attention

The next thing is to determine if there are any severe injuries that require immediate attention. Do not move too quickly if you sense any pain and remember that you may have injuries that have not yet surfaced. Remind everyone in the car to remain calm. If you or someone in the vehicle is injured, Call an ambulance by dialling 000. Even if your injuries seem minor, it is best to take precautions.

3. Contact your insurance company

By contacting your insurance company, you are already on your way to remedy the situation and you will have the opportunity to talk with a claims agent. It is important that you give an accurate description of events, injuries and who may be at fault so they are better able to assess the situation. Get confirmation that the claim is filed before you end the conversation with the agent.

4. Make a Doctor Appointment

Make sure you set up a doctor appointment as soon as possible. Your doctor can assess the extent of damage and prevent your injury form worsening. To start the CTP claims process in NSW, your GP will need to assess your injuries and fill out certain forms. Attend all follow up appointments and keep detailed records. Be sure to follow your doctor’s advice to the letter and take all necessary precautions as even minor injuries can develop into serious, lifelong issues.

5. Contact a Physiotherapist

Once you have a claim number, your Physiotherapy treatment will be covered by the CTP insurance. Your Physiotherapist can give you more details regarding the process on your first visit. Or you can contact us a call on 0479 080 800 to discuss your case.