Your Personal Injury Checklist
Being injured in an accident can be scary.
Whether it’s you or a loved one who was involved, there are certain things you can do to reduce the stress that comes after a personal injury. A step-by-step approach can be one of the easiest ways to address all of the important issues and ensure your rights and well-being are protected following an accident.
In the moments, days, and weeks following an accident, you should:
- Seek medical treatment, if necessary
- Report accident to the police
- Gather information relevant to the incident and organize it in one location
- Keep a running list of contact information
- Meet with a personal injury attorney
- Determine if you have a case
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Tend to Your Medical Needs
Obviously, the first thing you should do is seek medical treatment. If it’s an emergency, go right to the hospital. Your health is the most important issue and you can worry about other aspects of an accident later. Make sure you report the accident to the police, employer and/or person responsible for the area where the accident occurred. Also, make insurance claims as necessary—no-fault, workers’ comp, etc…..
Once you’ve tended to your medical needs, it’s time to gather information that’s relevant to your situation.
Start a file for relevant information, such as the names and addresses of people involved in the accident, as well as witnesses. If you weren’t able to collect this information at the scene of the accident because you were injured, it should be in the police report and your attorney can help you gain access.
You’ll also want to keep careful records of the medical care you receive. In addition to the doctors treating you, make a note of the treatment received and when it occurred.
Also, keep a running list of everyone who contacts you. You shouldn’t be making statements to anyone calling you – especially insurance companies – but you’ll want to let your attorney know you’ve been contacted.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
An attorney can help you keep the process organized and moving forward.
During the initial consultation, you’ll want to bring along all information you’ve collected that’s relevant to your accident. Your attorney can better assess your case if he or she is able to review:
- Police accident reports
- Copies of your medical bills
- Vehicle insurance policies
- Letters you’ve received from insurance companies
- Information related to the time you’ve missed from work
- Receipts from costs associated with the accident (such as car repairs or miscellaneous expenses)
Finally, you’ll discuss your case in detail and determine if you are eligible for compensation. An attorney might not be able to give your case a specific value, but they can give you the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not to pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
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