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  • Cuts

    nd sc

    pes

  • Contusions
  • Bu
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  • B
    oken bones<

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  • Spin
    l co

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    ies<

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  • T

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  • P
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  • mput

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  • Neck inju
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  • Soft tissue inju
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Initi

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you

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ive

ill often cont

ct you

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quick settlement.But don’t jump fo

joy just yet. The settlement the insunce comp

ny offe

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ls. Don’t let them pull the

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you

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fte

you

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pe

m

nently. The insu

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tegic

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s you

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ll settlement. Neveccept this settlement

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usted c

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king su

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To obt

in p

ope

compens

tion, fi

st you need to estim

te ho

much you

medic

l bills

ill be – including the ones you h

ven’t

eceived yet. Depending on the type of inju

ies you’ve suffe

ed, you’ll need to budget fo

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  • Tests, X-

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By

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futu

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l expenses, you get

bette

ide

of ho

much money you’ll need to fully

ecove

. If you

ccept the initi

l lo

b

ll settlement f

om the insunce comp

ny, you could miss out on

ll the ext money you need

nd dese

ve.

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settlement, you ive youight to b

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ny futu

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the follo

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  • Emotion
    l dist

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  • Lost

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  • Loss of comp
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  • Loss of enjoyment of life

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    ll d

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    itnesses, including you. Insunce comp

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    ith

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    hy? Bec

    use the insunce comp

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    you

    inju

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The steps you t

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you

c

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ct you

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    tely

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    you

    c

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    ll 911. (Yes, even fo

    seemingly mino

    ccidents

    he

    e you don’t h

    ve

    ny obvious inju

    ies.)

    hen the police

    ive, they

    ill c

    e

    te

    n

    ccident

    epo

    t. They most likely

    ill not

    ssign f

    ult in this

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    ove

    . Ho

    eve

    , the police

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    t

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    g

    m of the

    ccident,

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    efuse these se

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    e

    lize th

    t you

    e inju

    ed. Some inju

    ies m

    y be inte

    n

    l

    nd difficult to detect. You

    e putting you

    o

    n life

    t

    isk if you

    efuse to be seen by

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    st

    ong> T

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    nd

    ide shots of the

    ccident scene,

    nd

    ny d

    m

    ge to you

    vehicle, othe

    vehicles, o

    you

    suoundings.

    ddition

    lly, t

    ke photos of you

    inju

    ies. (If the

    e e b

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    ppe

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    ke photos of the developments

    t home ove

    the next fe

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    ll of this is vit

    l evidence to ensu

    e the most successful outcome fo

    you

    c

    se. Depending on the seve

    ity of the

    ccident in

    hich you

    e

    e involved, you m

    y not be in

    condition to t

    ke pictu

    es. If this is the c

    se, h

    ve

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    usted f

    mily membe

    , loved one, oitness t

    ke the pictu

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    emembe

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    hen the police

    e filling out thei

    epo

    t, they

    ill spe

    k

    ith

    itnesses,

    s

    ell

    s

    ith

    ll of the d

    ive

    s involved in the

    ccident,

    hich includes you. Seemingly innocent st

    tements like, “I looked do

    n fo

    second” o

    “m

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    s going too f

    st” h

    ve the potenti

    l to neg

    tively imp

    ct you

    c

    se o

    pin bl

    me on you. The insunce comp

    ny c

    n use these st

    tements

    s

    dmissions of guilt,

    nd the insunce comp

    ny c

    n use them to deny you

    cl

    im o

    to

    educe the

    mount it o

    es you.

    emembe

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    y c

    n

    nd

    ill be used

    g

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    son

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    y jou

    n

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    time, you

    condition

    ill hopefully imp

    ove,

    nd you

    on’t

    emembe

    the d

    ily st

    uggles you f

    ced to get the

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    pe

    son

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    y jou

    n

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    he

    e you ite e

    ch d

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    you’

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    level of p

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    mind if you need to

    ecount it fo

    you

    c

    se. This

    ill

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    c

    ccident lye

    m

    ximize you

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    ienced, dedic

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    ccident l

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    to stee

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ving money, only to get t

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n you st

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t you dese

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