What to Do If You’re a Victim of Personal Injury: The Do’s
The world of personal injury can be quite complex. If you are a victim of a another person’s mistakes, negligence, or ignorance, it can be hard to know how to proceed with a legal battle to protect yourself. So we have created a two part blog on what to do and what not to do when it comes to ensuring your rights are protected.
Personal injury: the Do’s:
It is important that you make sound decisions during this important time. Here is a list of everything you need to do in case of a personal injury.
- Photograph everything
This is especially important if you are in a car crash. Considering that across the nation, over 37,000 people die in road crashes every year, this is a common form of personal injury. To get a fair settlement, the judge will require evidence of exactly what happened so take photos of the surroundings or things in the area that caused the accident.
- Seek legal advice
As soon as you are hurt, it is crucial to call a personal injury attorney right away. An experienced legal team will be able to give you guidance on the next steps to take, plus it is best to talk to a professional right away as they will be able to prepare your case from the absolute beginning.
- Get medical help
Some victims tend to wait until the settlement has been won to seek medical help. But this is not good for your mental or physical health, as you deserve to be treated right away. If need be, your doctors may be asked to testify and add evidence to your case to aid your lawyers with your case, so going to the hospital will help you in more ways than one.
- Report the incident
It is crucial you report your accident to your insurance company right away because they may have to lead their own investigation into exactly what happened. Plus, not contacting them can be detrimental to your case as if you don’t report it right away, the defendant may be able to make the argument that you weren’t as hurt as you claim to be.
- Gather all your evidence
Your personal injury attorney will be able to give you a list of exactly what you need, but most personal injury cases require the following documents: your medical bills that came as a result to the accident, a list of mileages to and from all healthcare providers, copies of statements given by witnesses, wage reports and to show the financial impact the accident had on your personal life, your insurance policy written down, and property damage estimates on your vehicle.
These are only some of the do’s that everyone needs to follow if they are a victim in a personal injury accident. Please call your nearest personal injury attorney today if you have any questions in relation to this list.
In our next post, we will discuss some of our personal injury “don’ts”!