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What to Do After a Car Accident That Was Not Your Fault?

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gine you come to

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t

fou

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left blinke

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f

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p

nel. The l

st thing you

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hou

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spouse

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bedside. Uh, oh, this isn’t good, you think.

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ecove

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st

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m

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l imp

i

ment,

nd

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cognition

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h

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cle

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ed se

ious c

ccident inju

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: they should st

bilize thei

physic

l, emotion

l,

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lth th

ough

pp

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nyone

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ccident victim’s c

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ke ce of themselves he

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st, physic

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hen

n

ccident th

o

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life

nd he

lth into ch

os, t

y to c

ve out time to t

ke stock of you

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te

nd sho

t te

m

esou

ces

nd needs. You should p

io

itize you

fin

nci

l

nd othe

oblig

tions so th

t you c

n do you

best to

void

o

sening you

situ

tion

nd to identify

esou

ces th

t m

y help c

y you th

ough this

ough spot.   Getting

h

ndle on you

fin

nci

l

esou

ces

nd needs is impo

t

nt, but so is t

king stock of

h

t

e’ll c

ll life

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ces

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Money isn’t the only p

oblem th

t c

ops up

hen you find you

self

ecove

ing f

om

se

ious c

ccident inju

y. You

lso need to t

ke stock of

he

e othe

life p

io

ities st

nd. Do you need help c

ing fo

you

child

en, oith tending to you

home, o

ith t

nspo

t

tion?

e the

e f

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mily, o

se

vice o

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niz

tions

v

il

ble to help pick up the sl

ck

hile you

ecove

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s

ith you

fin

nci

l

esou

ces

nd needs

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list of you

life p

io

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nd

nything th

t c

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It’s likely th

t

hile you focus on

ecove

ing, you

ill need help meeting you

fin

nci

l

nd eve

y d

y needs. F

iends

nd f

mily c

n help p

ovide suppo

t. You

docto

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ill h

ndle you

immedi

te medic

l c

e. Beyond you

f

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mily,

nd docto

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ho else should you

ttempt to connect

ith to help you meet you

needs

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t you h

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esou

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etu

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no

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You

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tives) e p

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ble to

void de

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insu

nce c

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medic

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usu

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ny people

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uto insu

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bility covege, both of

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y offe

essenti

l benefits to you

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ecove

f

om

n

ccident. You

ill need to notify these c

ie

s of you

ccident

nd inju

ies. In doing so, be c

eful not to m

ke

ny suggestion th

t you be f

ult fo

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    ted c

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    ho o

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    l li

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    used you

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    ccident inju

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    ill h

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situ

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o

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sy,

ight?

 

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