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What to Do If You Have Been Injured

Written by Erik Larson, Community Blogger | Dec 19, 2017 9:12 AM

The confusion and shock that characterize the period after being injured in an accident may make it difficult to know the steps to take. However, keeping a level head will go far in ensuring that your legal rights are protected. Whether you have been injured in an auto accident, slip and fall accident, construction site accident or have been a victim of medical malpractice, personal injuries can have a huge impact on your life. Apart from the expenses associated with medical treatment, injuries could result in lost earnings, loss of future earnings as well as damages such as pain, suffering and mental anguish. This is why you should take the following steps in the period following an accident.

Seek medical attention

Immediately after an accident, you should prioritize your health and seek medical attention. As much as you may be feeling fine or consider the injuries not to be serious, you should get checked by a doctor. This will not only be important for your well-being but will also go a long way in strengthening your personal injury claim. In case you seek medical attention days or weeks after the incident, you will have a difficult time proving that the injuries were as a result of the accident.

Take notes of the incident and injury

It is advisable to start taking notes of both the incident and injury as soon as possible. You should have in writing the events before, during and after the accident. It would also be important to describe the nature and extent of your injuries. Make sure you write down this information before your memory fades. This will come in handy if you decide to file a claim.

Compile and preserve evidence

In order to successfully file a personal injury claim, you will need to have a substantial amount of evidence. Apart from taking notes, you should also consider taking photos of the scene as well as the injury. Your medical report and the police report you obtain will also help your injury case. Make sure that the evidence is preserved if you are to increase your chances of getting fair compensation.

Talk to witnesses

Talking to the people who observed the accident will help to add more weight to your claim. Since you will require witness statements to help you fight for your compensation, you should ensure that you get their names and contact information. When speaking to these witnesses, you should also take notes of your conversation. The notes you take will help to support your own account of the events surrounding the accident.

Report the facts to the accident to the relevant parties

Another important thing to do after sustaining injuries as a result of something like car accidents would be to report to the relevant parties. In case of a slip and fall accident, you may want to inform the tenant, management or owner of the building. For medical malpractice, you should consider reporting to the hospital management as well as the medical practitioner you intend to file a suit against.

Contact a personal injury attorney

Whether you are thinking of filing a claim or not, you should contact a personal injury lawyer. Your attorney will look at the legal aspects of the case and explain the options available to you. They will not only help to protect your legal rights but also negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. A lawyer will represent you in court in the event that the negotiations do not bear the desired fruits.

Pursue your injury claim

If you believe that another party was at fault for the accident that resulted in your injuries, you will have the option of filing an injury claim. It is important to file the claim as soon as possible. Your personal injury attorney will work with you to ensure that the claim is filed before the statute of limitations is exceeded. They will also ensure that the claim is filed in line with the relevant procedures.

In order to increase your chances of successfully filing a personal injury claim, you should work with professional and experienced attorneys. Even as the legal expert works to help you get the maximum compensation you are entitled to, you should participate in the investigation in order make the whole process easier.

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