19 Oct Initial Steps to Take After an Injury
Following an injury, individuals are often left shaken and unsure of how to proceed. When you are involved in an accident that was caused by another’s neglect, you must take the proper steps to ensure that you are compensated for your injuries. While we hope you never find yourself in this type of situation, we want you to be prepared!
Receive Medical Attention
The most important thing to do after an accident is to receive medical treatment. If you have an injury, even if it does not seem serious at the time of the incident, go to a doctor for treatment as soon as possible. This will help ensure that you do not experience further damage as a result of the injury.
The medical documentation received during this visit will be valuable when it comes time to submit your personal injury claim.
Involve Law Enforcement
It is important to involve law enforcement in your situation as soon as possible. When you call 911 after an accident, there will be a police officer who will come and take down information about what occurred and prepare a police report. This information can help you later on when trying to figure out how much financial compensation you deserve for your injuries. Be sure to obtain a copy of the police report.
Inform Your Insurance Company
After an accident, you must contact your own insurance company. We recommend calling them immediately after getting medical treatment for your injuries. However, contacting them within 24 hours should be fine. Do not contact the insurance company of the other driver and do not make a statement to any insurance company until after you consult with an attorney.
Compile all of the information you have collected from your insurance company, medical treatment, and the police report. Additionally, you must keep a log of any expenses or time lost from work due to injuries. If you have photos of the accident or injury, include these photos with the rest of your documentation.
Keep track of how much money you spend on medical bills. Additionally, keep receipts for other costs you incur because of the accident. These costs include things like dry cleaning fees or other professional cleaning or repair services.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
The next step you should take after an accident is to contact a personal injury lawyer. Even if you don’t think your injuries are severe enough for a lawsuit, it is important to get a professional’s opinion on the matter.
At Gary Crews Law, we are passionate about ensuring that you receive the compensation you deserve following an injury. Our team can answer any questions or concerns you may have about the situation, including how much compensation you should receive for your specific case.
We are ready to advise you on how to proceed with your case and help you file a lawsuit if necessary. Do you or someone you know have an injury that was caused by another person’s neglect? Call our team today to schedule your personal injury consultation!