How can I Support My Loved One After a Car Accident?

April 5, 2021

It is difficult to watch a loved one struggle with a car accident injury. A serious injury can lead to a disability or disrupt a person’s life. Additionally, injuries do not cause just physical pain, they can cause emotional turmoil and financial stress.  Helping a loved one can be difficult after a collision; most people may feel powerless or confused. However, there are many steps one can do to support and care for their injured loved one. 

Listen to the Victim

Oftentimes, car accident victims feel alone, depressed, misunderstood, and experience other negative feelings. However, listening to a loved one’s struggles, being a friend, and offering support can be beneficial. It is always best to reassure the injured individual that they are supported and not alone, even though it may feel like the opposite. A simple phone call gives a disabled person an avenue to vent their frustrations and daily battles.

Be an Advocate

Recovering from a car accident injury can feel lonely, so having an advocate who looks after the injured person’s interests is extremely vital to a successful recovery. The healing process usually means mounting medical bills, loss of income, insurance claims, and other stress factors that an injured person cannot focus on. A good way to be a loved one’s advocate is to handle some issues. An advocate can do this by researching doctors and treatment facilities and making sure they are getting the right treatment. Since every treating physician may not know the whole background of the person’s injury, a caretaker should gather information from all sources.

An advocate can also help their loved one set up a treatment schedule, document prescriptions and recovery instructions, and help build a care plan for the individual. A care plan should consist of a treatment schedule as well as the costs, which may include a wheelchair or handicap ramp installation in their home.    

Find Legal Help

When someone suffers a significant injury, a great deal of paperwork and phone calls are made. An injured person should focus on recovering and not worry about whether or not they are going to receive compensation. This is particularly true if the injury was caused by a negligent driver. Insurance companies knowingly make the claim process difficult to navigate, so an injured person will likely need help. An advocate can help make phone calls or talk to insurance agents, but they may not know the legalities. An advocate and the victim can find a lawyer to help with the case.

Insurance companies often will look for a settlement in a case and will likely offer the lowest amount. A lawyer knows experts in the field who can help provide the right estimate needed to care for all their needs. A lawyer can also gather the necessary information needed to get the right amount of compensation so that the injured person can heal.    

Delaware County Personal Injury Lawyers at Eckell Sparks Help Injured Victims Get Financial Support

A car accident injury can be devastating. Traversing through medical bills and insurance claims can be difficult and require guidance. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident, a Delaware County personal injury lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. can help. Call us at 610-565-3701 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Media and West Chester, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout Delaware County, Chester County, and Montgomery County.