After being injured in an accident, it is very important to protect your rights to all legal remedies available to you. Following are steps that you should take following an accident:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention For Your Personal Injuries. If you or a loved one is injured, you should seek prompt medical help. Clearly convey all of your personal injuries to the attending physician or emergency services personnel and explain how you sustained your injuries. Reporting your injuries will be memorialized in your personal records, which will help doctors manage your treatments. However, it will also provide evidence that your injuries are connected to the accident, which is necessary in your case to establish that the accident caused the injuries.
- You or a loved one should also: 1) take photographs of all injuries; 2) keep records of all medical appointments and treatments, medications taken, lost time from work and other activities, pain experienced, limitation of activities, and all incurred expenses; and 3) keep notes of all conversations with doctors and medical personnel.
- Preserve Evidence. If possible, write down the names, addresses and phone numbers of all potential witnesses to the accident. If motor vehicles are involved, get all the license plate numbers and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information of all drivers. Take photographs of the accident scene and surrounding area from different angles, and the source of the personal injury if possible.
- If you have been injured by a defective product do not return it to the retailer or manufacturer, and do not throw it away. Make sure that it is kept in a secure place and do not alter it in any way. Your attorney will need the product to have it examined by experts. If the product is in the possession of someone else, seek an attorney’s help. An attorney may be able to file for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction to avoid destruction of the product.
- Contact An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer. Your chances of recovering adequate compensation for your injuries in an accident could change at any moment. Not knowing important steps that should be taken early on in your case can result in irreversible damage to your case. It is essential to consult an effective personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident in order to protect your legal rights and to ensure that evidence is preserved.
- Do Not Talk To An Insurance Company Without Consulting Your Personal Injury Attorney. Insurance companies do not make profits by paying out personal injury claims. It is in their best interest to avoid payment altogether or to settle quickly for the least amount of money possible. In the majority of personal injury cases you cannot ask for additional compensation once you have agreed to a settlement. Often, an injured person will discover as time goes by that his personal injuries were more extensive than they appeared initially.This could lead to additional unexpected medical bills and longer disability. Do not discuss anything pertaining to your personal injuries or about the accident which caused them without consulting a personal injury attorney first.