Dr. Jeff J. Mollins has been practicing in Downtown Brooklyn for over 25 years. He specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and documentation of patients injured in accidents. Some examples of these accidents include slip & fall, construction accidents, work accidents (workers compensation), as well as automobile accidents (No Fault). They say that “knowledge is power”. Here are some important things you should know if you are ever involved in a car accident:
In the event you are involved in a motor vehicle accident there is often a bustle of activity and many people become confused as to what steps to take to make sure they are protected. There are really just a few easy things to remember once you are safe and the vehicles are secure.
Most important is that you make sure the vehicles remain in place until the police arrive. The only reason to move the vehicles would be to insure the safety of all of the people involved and if the vehicles must be moved, use your phone to take pictures of their location before moving any of the vehicles.
Get license plate numbers of all vehicles involved, even if one or more of them are not at fault. With the license plate, an attorney can learn the name of the owner and the insurance company of the vehicle. This is especially important if you are a passenger in a vehicle whose insurance company will pay all of your medical bills and lost earnings. Getting the insurance information is important (if possible at the scene) but it is not critical in securing your rights. Safety comes first.
Making sure the police know and write your version of what happened is very important. If the police arrive on the scene, and they always should be called, you should speak with a police officer and give your version of the accident. It is also wise to ask the officer what the other parties statement was so you can address any disagreement. Always be respectful to the officers as being nasty or arrogant can result in unwanted consequences including arrest.
Many people feel that because New York is a No Fault state that nobody is at fault for the accident. This is untrue. No Fault only means that no matter who caused the accident, an injured party CAN be covered for their medical bills and lost wages. Under the applicable No Fault coverage (usually the car you are in) you are entitled to medical benefits, lost wages and other incidental coverages, including household help if your doctor feels you need it. A No Fault application must be filed within thirty (30) days of the occurrence and if it is not so filed you may not be entitled to recover your medical benefits. Most competent medical offices will assist in completing the No Fault application.
It is very important to be examined by a doctor shortly after the accident, even if you only feel sore or stiff, as these can be the preliminary signs of a much more serious condition. Often times injury does not show itself for a week or so after the accident, but when one does feel pain you should immediately seek medical care in that your failure to do so can have a direct effect on your coverage down the road. Remember, almost every person in every vehicle is covered under the No Fault Law, even if the vehicle is uninsured. The State of New York covers all those injured in car accidents, even if there is no other coverage. Talk to your doctor and get checked because too many people believe they are not covered and this is not true.
Dr. Jeff J. Mollins and his staff have expertise in treating and documenting the injuries of patients who have been involved in motor vehicle accidents. Special paperwork is given to each patient that is involved in a car accident. Specific questions are asked on these forms, including how the accident happened?, was the patient a driver, passenger, or pedestrian?, and if the patient has retained an attorney. Our office staff will make sure that a timely No Fault application is submitted to the No Fault insurance carrier, so the patient will be entitled to treatment that is covered by the No Fault carrier at no cost to them. Dr. Mollins also works with referred medical specialists that are also adept at treating patients involved in car accidents. These specialists (neurologists, orthopedists, pain management, etc) are also aware of the importance of documentation. Diagnostic tests such as MRI study, EMG, EEG, and VNG studies, as well as general radiology are performed, as needed, to further properly diagnose, treat and document injuries sustained by automobile accident patients.
Remember, when involved in a motor vehicle accident, safety at the scene is paramount. Information is secondary but, you should if you can, get the name of the driver, the owner and all insurance information. Be sure to get medical attention as soon as needed. The office of Dr. Jeff J. Mollins is prepared and totally competent in caring for all your health care needs when injured in a motor vehicle accident.