Many different types of situations can cause personal injuries, including car accidents, bike or pedestrian accidents, use of a defective product, a dog bite or a slip and fall. If you’ve been injured and need to file a claim, these personal injury tips can help you prepare:
1. Contact the Police
A police report is a vital source of information, such as the contact details for witnesses or other parties involved in the accident. If legal action is necessary, an official police report can provide valuable and authoritative facts about the incident, including the injuries or damages that resulted along with information about who was at fault.
2. Seek Medical Care
Your next step after an injury should be seeking medical attention. Failing to obtain timely medical care can negatively affect your personal injury claim and possible reduce the amount of compensation you receive. As the injured party, it’s also your responsibility to take the necessary steps to prevent additional injuries or losses, so be sure to follow up with any recommended medical treatments.
3. Exercise Discretion
Be cautious about what you say when you’re talking to other parties at the scene, or responding to questions from insurance company representatives. Don’t apologize, accept blame or admit fault for the incident, and don’t allow an insurance adjustor to record a statement that may come back to haunt you. It’s also not wise to discuss the incident on social media, so avoid posting photos or updates about your recovery from the injury as this could potentially have negative effects on the outcome of your case.
4. Keep Detailed Records
Be sure to document all expenses and costs related to the accident, such as doctor and hospital visits, rehab or physical therapy sessions, repairs for property damage and lost wages. While the details are still fresh in your mind, write out a complete account of the incident too. You should also keep a journal of your recovery and the effects of the injuries on your day-to-day life.
5. Proceed Cautiously
It’s wise to talk to an experienced personal injury attorney before signing anything that may forfeit your right to legal action, release another party from liability or settle your claim before you’ve fully healed. An attorney can also help you deal with the insurance company and clarify the legal process so you avoid making mistakes that have a costly impact on your claim.
If you have been injured and need legal representation, call Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez at (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.