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Post-Auto Accident: PTSD and Head Injuries

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

In the state of Georgia, auto accidents occur by the thousands each year. If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be – specifically on the highway connectors. To some, navigating through Metro Atlanta can be quite confusing making the highways, ramps and even your local streets a hotbed of accidents waiting to happen. Some accidents are so life-threatening, it’s a miracle to walk away and the trauma is enough to make someone not want to drive again. There is nothing worse than dealing with the physical aftermath of an auto accident and what’s often overlooked is the lasting affects of being involved in an auto collision. Businesswoman with intense stress and painful headache. Woman in job problems.

More specifically, PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is often a lingering condition that is extremely difficult to manage if it’s not diagnosed or treated properly. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in a nutshell, is an anxiety disorder people suffer from after witnessing or surviving a traumatic event. According to the National Institute of Mental Health the symptoms for the 3 types of PTSD are as follows:

Re-experiencing symptoms:

  • Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
  • Bad dreams
  • Frightening thoughts

Avoidance Symptoms:

  • Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
  • Feeling emotionally numb
  • Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
  • Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
  • Having trouble remembering the dangerous event.

Hyperarousal symptoms: Being easily startled Feeling tense or “on edge” Having difficulty sleeping, and/or having angry outbursts. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, it would be best get yourself evaluated and treated to get back to living life peacefully. Immediately after an accident, the adrenaline rush that throws the body into “fight or flight” mode almost numbs the body of internal injuries. Many times, collision victims won’t notice pain until a few days afterwards which likely stem from injuries of the head and neck. It is a common symptom in individuals who have experienced trauma to the head and neck. Vertigo is an inflammation of the inner ear around the nerves that give the body a sense on balance. The symptoms can last for moments or hours and may come and go. According to WebMD, the symptoms of

Post Traumatic Vertigo are as follows:

  • Spinning
  • Tilting
  • Swaying
  • Unbalanced
  • Pulled to one direction

Other symptoms that may accompany vertigo include:

  • Feeling nauseated
  • Abnormal or jerking eye movements (nystagmus)
  • Headache
  • Sweating Ringing in the ears or hearing loss

Head injuries and anxiety disorders that stem from the trauma of an auto collision should be evaluated and treated as soon as possible. If you or a loved one has recently been involved or injured in an accident and were not at fault, you’re entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and other damages.

If you’ve been suffering from any of the symptoms above, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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How Does This Work? A Step-by-Step Guide to Personal Injury Cases

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

For those of us who have had any involvement in a personal injury case, it’s fairly safe to say that you know full well how long and, sometimes tiresome, the litigation process can become as time goes on. The waiting game seems like it can never be won as the days and weeks pass but knowing the process is half the battle and should give you the piece of mind you need while feeling confident your personal injury attorney is doing their best to get you the settlement you deserve. Just to get a good glimpse of how the process works, take a look!   litigation-support-720x340

Introduction Unless you have been a party to a lawsuit before, it is difficult to know what to expect when you have been injured in a collision or incident. There is an understandable level of apprehension about the litigation process for victims and their families, particularly when the victim has been seriously injured.

The Screening & Investigatory Process The first step in any lawsuit is to obtain information about the facts of the case and conduct a thorough investigation. This process almost always begins with an initial phone call or Email contact from the client, providing an overview of the case and the injuries sustained. Depending on the facts of the case, the investigatory stage can include:

  • Interviewing witnesses

  • Gathering and preserving physical evidence

  • Obtaining photographic/videographic evidence

  • Hiring experts or investigators Contacting insurance companies

The investigatory stage can take anywhere from one to six months or more, depending upon the particular facts and circumstances of your case. After the investigatory phase is over, a lawyer usually can make a final determination about whether the claim should be pursued.

Settlement Negotiations Most attorneys engage in settlement negotiations with the responsible party or their insurance company to determine whether a just and reasonable settlement can be obtained without filing a lawsuit. In the settlement negotiation process, the lawyer collects and puts together all of the physical evidence about the collision or incident, documents regarding your damages (including medical bills and lost wages documents) and any necessary expert reports from physicians, economists, accident reconstructionists or others. Once this information is evaluated, a settlement range is determined for your case. A “demand” is then sent to the insurer. The demand sets forth the facts of the case, explains why the other party is responsible, provides documentation and evidence about your damages and injuries, and offers an amount to settle the case.

In the litigation process most lawyers move quickly and aggressively in the filing and prosecution of lawsuits in the event that a fair and just settlement cannot be obtained on your behalf. Generally, lawsuits in state court proceed in the following manner:

Complaint & Answer The Complaint is the document filed on your behalf which sets forth the allegations about what happened and the damages you have sustained. The lawsuit is generally filed in the county where the act occurred or where defendant resides, although there are some exceptions to this rule. Once filed, the Complaint is personally served on each defendant by the sheriff’s department or by a private process server. The Answer is the documents in which the defendants respond to each allegation contained in the Complaint. If in State, the defendants have twenty days to file an Answer after being served with the Complaint. If Out of State, the defendants have sixty days to file an Answer. Discovery begins once the Answer is served.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Discovery Discovery is the phase of litigation in which the parties obtain information, testimony, documents & other evidence from each other and from third parties who have information about the case. In most cases, written discovery is exchanged between the parties; which includes written questions, called interrogatories, and requests for documents. Your assistance in responding to written discovery requests will be required, so it is important that we always maintain accurate contact information and phone numbers for you throughout the litigation.

Motions Depending upon the case, defendants may chose to file certain motions after discovery is complete in an effort convince the Court to dismiss some or all of the claims you have asserted. A motion is a document filed with the Court asking the Court to take some action, such as dismissing a case. Once a motion is filed the party opposing the motion has between six and fourteen days to respond depending on the type of motion. In some instances a hearing is held by the Court to consider the arguments of the parties.

Mediation If the parties believe it would be in their best interest to do so, mediation may be scheduled at any time during the litigation. Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution which consists of a meeting between all the parties, their attorneys and a mediator, who is a neutral attorney. The mediator’s role is to act as a referee between the parties, and the mediation is a setting in which the parties meet, present their sides of the case, and then discuss the possibility of settlement. Offers and counter-offers are exchanged until either a settlement is reached or until the parties agree to disagree. Mediations are non-binding.

Trial One of the most frequently asked questions by clients is how long it takes to get a case to trial. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question. The caseloads of different courts and different judges vary wildly. In some jurisdictions, it is possible to get a trial date shortly after discovery and motions have been completed. In other courts, it may take many months or a year or more. On average it takes between one year and eighteen months from filing to the start of trial.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve! FLIT

Are You Suffering From Sciatica? Here’s What it Feels Like

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

After a minor accident, sometimes we make the mistake of walking away from a mobile accident thinking all is well and suffered no injuries because they are no visible signs of trauma. After a few days, however, victims of car accidents could find that they do indeed have pain – nerve pain. If you’ve ever been injured in a car accident and have been experiencing pain that radiates from the back into the legs, you could be suffering from sciatica and here’s what it feels like. sciatica-s2-sciatic-nerve

Sciatica is the name for a syndrome which is characterized by pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is the longest and largest nerve in the body — it is as thick as one of your fingers where it arises in the lower spine. It then travels from your lower back through your hip and buttock and down your leg where it divides into two branches at the knee. Each leg has its own sciatic nerve.

Symptoms of Sciatica The pain from sciatica is felt along the path of the sciatic nerve and can be felt deep in the buttock, with pain that travels down the back of the leg, sometimes to the foot. The pain can be accompanied by tingling, ‘pins and needles’, or numbness, and sometimes by muscular weakness in the leg. Sciatica is usually felt in only one leg at a time. Sometimes, a sensation like an electric shock can be felt along the nerve. The pain can range from a mild ache to incapacitating pain. Sciatic nerve pain is often felt when you sneeze, cough, go to the toilet, or when you’re sitting, and may be accompanied by lower back pain. Most sciatica gets better within a few weeks and doesn’t result in permanent damage. If your pain doesn’t go away after a couple of weeks, see your doctor. If you lose control of your bladder or bowels or you have severe pain, weakness of your muscles, or numbness, seek medical attention immediately.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Do You Suffer From Post Accident Nerve Damage?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

After you’ve been in a car accident it’s kind of hard to make sense of the pain that follows, some days are good, while others are okay, some are so painful you can get out of bed and others days, the pain is manageable. There is a pain, however, that can be hard to pinpoint but the symptoms are telltale – this is nerve damage and there are few different types, take a look! mg21328514.400-1_300

There are many different types of nerve damage that can occur when you are involved in an auto accident, and each one has a different set of symptoms and treatments. The 3 ways nerves are usually damaged are by pressure, stretching or cutting of the nerve itself. The most common ways your nerves can be damaged in a car accident include:

• Whiplash – the severe jerking motion of the head and neck can cause the nerves in this area to stretch or be pinched;

• Blunt-force trauma – hitting your head, arms or legs on a hard surface inside or outside of the vehicle can compress nerves; and

• Lacerations – deep cuts to the skin sustained during an auto accident can sever the nerves in the affected area. Treatment options are varied and can include surgery, physical therapy and medication. Only a trained medical professional can diagnose what type of nerve damage you have sustained and what method of treatment is best for your condition.

You will know if your nerves are damaged when you feel or experience certain signs and symptoms such as the following:

• full or partial paralysis of limbs and appendages such as fingers and toes;

• muscle weakness or pain;

• twitching or uncontrolled movements of the muscles;

• a prickling sensation;

• tingling or numbness on the skin or in limbs; or

• increased sensitivity on the skin to hot and cold temperature. If you experience any of these issues, you may have nerve damage and should go to a doctor or emergency room to be properly diagnosed and treated.

A personal injury lawyer then can work with you and your healthcare professional to determine you current and future medical needs and how they will factor into your traffic accident compensation claim. The effects of nerve damage can take many years to heal, cause substantial medical bills and affect your ability to work and pay for them. Even with medical treatment and rehabilitation, you may never fully recover to your former abilities. You may have the chance of being compensated for this unfortunate change in your life if you have the support of an experienced lawyer to maximize the payment you receive.

TMJ as a Result of Whiplash

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The resulting pain of even a minor car accident can take some time to articulate and sort out. From neck and back pain to slipped disk, a lot of times what’s overlooked is a condition called TMJ or temporalmandibular disorder and it goes hand-in-hand with whiplash, however, many people who suffer from this disorder are unaware are unaware of this fact. If you’ve recently been injured in a car accident and was diagnosed with whiplash, chances are you may have TMJ.

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If you are involved in a car accident, even a relatively minor one, your body is subject to tremendous forces. Although the car is designed to absorb much of the force, and accident countermeasures like seatbelts and airbags are designed to prevent you from suffering impact trauma, your body is still subjected to what is known as whiplash, the forceful acceleration and deceleration of your body using only the tissues of your joints. Whiplash can cause substantial injury to these joints, which were never meant to withstand that level of force. It most commonly results in injury to the neck, whose tissues are twisted and stretched by the weight of the entire head. But it can also cause injury to your temporomandibular joints, the joints that support your jaw. TMJ after car accidents has been wrapped up in controversy over whether it’s a common phenomenon or something lawyers trumped up to attempt to get more compensation for clients. Worst of all, science doesn’t help us much in showing how common this type of injury may be.

For example, a 2009 review that looked at data from 1966 forward said, “because of lack of homogeneity in the study populations and lack of standardization of data collection procedures and outcomes measured, this review cannot conclusively resolve the controversies that exist concerning this relationship.” The main problem with the studies seems to be that they take very different approaches to defining TMJ, and come up with very different answers. Part of the problem with scientists trying to resolve this issue is that the question they ask determines the answer they get. For example, one 1992 study that concluded “the incidence of TMJ pain and clicking following whiplash injury is extremely low” limited its questioning of patients to just those two issues: jaw joint pain and clicking of the jaw joint. TMJ is a complex condition, and not all patients experience those symptoms. On the other hand, a study that examined patients and asked them about dysfunction as well as pain, found that TMJ was found in about a third of all whiplash injury patients.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!       FLIT

Safety Tips for When You’re Driving With Your Pets

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

If you have a dog at home and keep regular office hours then you, without a doubt, know how difficult it is to carry the guilt of leaving Sparky at home all day long. This is why we will come up with any reason to hop in the car with your family pet and tote them around with you on the days when you’re not commuting. Odds are, your dog loves to go wherever you go and enjoys riding with his out the window trying to bite the rushing air! It’s cute and plain fun to take your dog out to the park, the vet or even just to run a few quick errands. But, as with anything else, there are a number of safety guidelines to adhere to! So we’ve put together a few safety tips for when your driving with your pets – take a look!

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Loose pets inside of vehicles can become a deadly distraction for drivers. Moreover, unrestrained pets can become hazards themselves during an accident. Without proper restraint, a simple joyride with your four-legged friend could result in harsh consequences for everyone.

Here are a few important tips that will help to keep you, your best friend, and others safe and happy on your next trip:

  • To avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety, work your pet up to longer trips by taking shorter treks before taking on a long expedition.

  • Just in case you and your pet become separated, be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including cell number(s).

  • Update your microchip registration and pet license information to ensure its current and consider including the name and phone number of an emergency contact.

  • Never leave pets unattended inside of vehicles. Remember that cars heat up fast – even with the windows cracked!

  • Properly restrain, contain or crate your pets inside of your vehicle prior to your trip. Consider purchasing a specially designed pet seatbelt, carrier or barrier to avoid irreversible consequences due to distractions or other mishaps.

  • Never allow pets to sit on your lap or remain in the front seat while you drive.

  • Never allow pets to stick any portion of their bodies out the window. Although most dogs love to stick their heads out open windows, the wind can seriously irritate mucous membranes and blow pieces of grit or other debris into their eyes. Pets could also be seriously injured by objects as you drive down the road.

  • Pets should never be transported in the bed of a pickup truck. Not only could your pet injure, or even kill himself/herself – he/she could cause an accident which may harm someone else. It is estimated that at least 100,000 dogs die in accidents each year because they were riding in truck beds.

  • Do not leash your pet inside of a truck bed even when parked to avoid strangulation hazards and because open truck beds do not provide any protection from the weather. The hot sun can heat the metal floor of a truck bed enough to burn a pet’s paws. A dog left sitting in the broiling sun without water or shade may suffer from heat stroke.

Keeping pets safe is every pet owner’s responsibility. Being a safe driver is not only your obligation – it’s the law!

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What You Need To Know About Truck Accidents in Atlanta

Monday, October 5th, 2015

If you’re new to Atlanta or even a native, there is a great chance you’ve learned very quickly how curvy and twisty-turny the roads can be specifically the highway connectors. For even the most experienced drivers, those bends with the right weather conditions can cause the worst accidents, especially 18-wheeler trucks. WSB reports Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale says, “there are some certain areas that even we at the department have identified as hot spots.” Four of the top five in Georgia are in metro Atlanta. Topping the list is the I-285/I-75 interchange south of the city. Number two is I-285/I-20 on the east side followed by I-285/I-85 south and Spaghetti Junction. The top hot spots in the Atlanta area all involve exit ramps that require a rapid reduction in speed.” Spink_40 While rollovers do not occur as frequently in other cities, Atlanta’s hot spots account for a large percentage of injures resulting from collisions and, in worse cases, fatalities. According to Bloomberg.com, America’s most deadly hot spot for trucks is on an off ramp on I-75 in Atlanta. A veteran truck driver by the name of Walter Price attempted to exit I-75 in South Atlanta and a story that is all too familiar took place when a car darted in front of Price’s truck.

“The car’s driver slammed on the brakes to negotiate the exit’s sharp curve. Price had to veer left and hit his brakes to avoid a collision. But the curve was too sharp and Price’s 36-ton rig carrying car parts began to roll. ‘Once you hear the freight break loose and start sliding, there’s absolutely nothing you can do,” Price recalled. ‘You can kiss your ass goodbye.’”

While the road belongs to everyone, drivers must remain aware of commercial trucks on the highway. Due to the size of these vehicles, a truck driver’s blind spot is much larger than that of a passenger vehicle – this is the cause of several collisions involving trucks. Truckers rely only on their side mirrors to maneuver through lanes, so if you are driving in their blind spot, they cannot see your car or your turn signals and chances are they cannot hear you should you honk your horn to alert them. 628x-1 It’s important that you stay a safe distance from trucks on the highways – given the speed at which such a heavy vehicle travels, it’s almost impossible for them to make sudden stops effectively. Another factor to consider is traveling trucks during inclement weather, as they tend to give off a spray from their tires that can cause blindness of the road ahead. The safest solution is to stay a reasonable distance from trucks plus a little extra especially when weather conditions aren’t the greatest. If you are hit or injured by a truck, it is important to know that truck cases are largely different and you would need a specialized attorney to manage the legal proceedings to follow. Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit, we have a legal team that is well versed in handling truck accidents in Atlanta.

Watch Your Back: Maintain the Benefits of Your Treatments

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

If you’ve ever been in an accident and had to undergo chiropractic treatments to realign your neck, back and hips, then you’re fully aware of how uncomfortable it is to be in pain for an extended period of time. But most importantly the end result is what we’re after and it should be one of relief and a renewed sense of restoration and wellness. After completing your treatments as advised by your chiropractor and medical professionals, it’s a must that you maintain your adjustments and therapeutic treatments as time goes on.

According to The Specific Chiropractic Center, here are a few tips to help you maintain the benefits of your treatments.

Take some time to let your body “settle” into the new adjustment. Do not undertake any strenuous activity in the hours immediately following your appointment. In general, avoid putting unnecessary strain on your spine. Don’t bend at the waist to lift objects; instead, keep your spine straight, bend at the knees and use your leg muscles to hoist heavy objects.

Support your newly straightened spine by engaging in an exercise routine that encourages strengthening the core and back muscles. Yoga and pilates are both good options. If you lift weights, avoid leaning forward at the neck. Do sit-ups on an exercise ball instead of on the floor. If you’re doing lower back exercises, don’t extend the spine beyond 180 degrees. Avoid any stretches that force the body into unnatural positions.

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As we go about our days, we participate in a number of activities that may cause spinal havoc. Using computers and driving both force our shoulders and arms forward, thus causing the neck and spine to curve. Take time away from these positions every 20 to 30 minutes to stretch. If you sit at a desk all day, make it ergonomically friendly in order to properly care for your spine and all other effected extremities. Sitting is very hard on the lower back so if it’s possible, sit on an exercise ball or choose a chair that encourages core strength to hold your spine straight.

Make good decisions about the shoes you choose. Regardless of their purpose, the shoes you wear should be well balanced, flexible and comfortable. At night, sleep on a firm mattress, and choose a pillow that supports the head so that the neck vertebrae are level with the rest of your spine. Avoid sleeping on your stomach.

If you’ve been hit, call The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves on our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!

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Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Well Atlanta, it looks like we’re actually going to enjoy a fall season this year and with that means cooler weather that’s going to continue to plummet! Not to mention our mostly unpredictable winter weather that’s clearly on the way with these bizarre temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. So, here’s the deal, you don’t want to get caught in winter weather without preparing your car for it! Yep, folks! It’s that time to get your car ready for winter and here’s how you do it according to TODAY! battery Get the right kind of oil change. Are you approaching the time for a 30,000-mile full service for your vehicle? If so, don’t procrastinate! Among other things, the service should include an oil change, and the oil used should have the right viscosity, or thickness, for your vehicle at this time of year. Oil tends to thicken as it gets colder, and if it’s too thick it won’t do the best job of keeping your engine lubricated. Make sure you can see. When’s the last time you replaced your windshield wiper blades? They usually work effectively for about one year, so be sure to invest in some new ones if you’re due. Here’s another important step to take before you find yourself struggling to see in a blinding storm: Fill up your windshield washer reservoir with windshield washer fluid. Examine your belts and hoses. When you have that full service done on your vehicle, make sure the belts and hoses get checked for wear and tear — even if you’re driving a modern car. Cold weather can do a number on belts and hoses, so they deserve attention. Check your tire pressure. Your tires must be properly inflated to ensure you’ll have the best possible traction as you drive along — and traction is often severely jeopardized in wet, snowy or icy conditions. The air pressure in your tires has likely dropped as the weather has gotten colder, so it’s important to see where things stand now. Get the antifreeze mixture just right. Aim for having a 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator. This will prevent the mixture from freezing even at ridiculously cold temperatures. It’s easy to check the status of the mixture with an inexpensive antifreeze tester, which you can pick up at any auto parts store. Prepare an emergency kit. Store this stuff in your trunk during the winter months, especially if a road trip is in your future:

  • a blanket
  • an extra set of warm clothes
  • extra water and food, including hard candies
  • a flashlight
  • flares
  • jumper cables
  • tire chains
  • a tire gauge
  • a spare tire with air in it
  • tire-changing equipment
  • a first-aid kit

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3 Things You Need To Do After a Car Accident

Friday, September 25th, 2015

The weather system here in the Atlanta Metro area is always unpredictable  – from chilly mornings in the 50’s to ninety degree temps within the span of 48 hours – then comes the inevitable flash floods that come from nowhere and end rapidly only to resurface in a matter of hours. Not only is this exhausting, it’s nerve wrecking in a city where public transit is a non-option and commuters pile onto every major street and highway at the same time and the traffic is mind-numbing. Then add an accident. Not only is the traffic now at a standstill, the parties involved in said accident are aggravated and wanting to get to their destination now more than ever! If you have the unfortunate experience of being involved in an accident, here are the 3 most important things to do after an auto accident!   Auto_WreckWithAmbulance_WEB Gather Evidence – if you’re in an accident due to another driver’s negligence there’s a chance he or she may try to persuade you to avoid calling the police and settle the matter personally. This is a no-no! Call the police to get an official report for your auto insurance company for when you get your damages repaired because he say/she say doesn’t hold well in a dispute over hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Be sure to take pictures and document your account of the accident in your own words in case you ever have to explain damages and injuries to insurance companies and, perhaps, medical staffers if need be. battery_guy1 Know Your Insurance – for most of us, car insurance is simply a bill we pay monthly until we actually have to utilize the specifics of our policy. Even if you were in the wrong, you should notify your insurance company that you were involved in an accident. Sometimes we don’t know off the top of our head our policy provisions but it’s best to take a glance over your policy from time to time just to get an idea. For example do you have a AAA Roadside Assistance? Do you have an allowance for a rental car while your car is being repaired? Do you have a damage deductible? This is why it’s good to be somewhat familiar with your policy so you’re not blindsided by what you may be responsible for. PI Hire a Personal Injury Attorney –  oftentimes, immediately after an accident injuries go without detection but one may begin to develop stiffness and sore muscles. According to the National Library of Medicine, car accidents are largely responsible for nearly 32% of spinal cord injuries (SCI) that could result in devastating effects on one’s quality of life. This is why a personal injury attorney is most essential when negotiating a settlement after having been injured by a negligent, impaired or drunk driver. Recent statistics have found that hiring a personal injury lawyer for your claim can increase your settlement by upwards of almost fifty percent in some cases. With a team of well-trained legal professionals representing your case, you can eliminate having to deal with the back and forth with medical billing, insurance companies, and the like. 621416 Here at The Law Office of Neil Flit in Atlanta, we handle each case with maximum care to meet your needs in a time of hardship. From auto wrecks and injuries from drunk driving accidents, on the job injuries to slip and falls and medical malpractice, we are here to help you. With our small team of highly knowledgeable attorneys, we pride ourselves in our ability to guarantee the personal attention necessary to handle your claim in a timely fashion and hold liable parties responsible for their actions to secure the settlement you deserve!