Some things are out of our control. When you wake up and get out of bed, you do not plan to experience a personal injury; it just happens. When it does happen, will you know what to do? Chances are, the answer to that question is “no”. Afterall, most of us are not legal professionals. So, what DO you do in the event of a personal injury?
If you are injured at a business, work, in public, or anywhere else, the first thing you should do is seek the medical attention you need. The obvious reason for this is that you need to make sure you are ok. A not so obvious reason for this is that you need your injuries examined and catalogued. This is sort of the initial evidence required to create a court case. Another reason for this is that the defense could make the case that you intentionally did not seek medical attention to worsen the prognosis and seek more in damages. Lastly, the defense could say your injuries were such that they did not require medical attention.
If you are able, you should begin collecting evidence right away. Everyone has a cell phone with a camera these days. Take pictures of damage, the surrounding area, and injuries. You can also use your phone to take notes or record conversations with witnesses. Speaking of witnesses, get their contact information if they are willing to give it to you.
Other Parties Involved
If there are other parties involved in the incident, get their contact information and take very good notes on any conversations you have with them. This is especially important if they verbally admit fault. You should also let them know if you are planning to file suit against them for damages.
What Not to Do Immediately After the Incident
Just as important as the previously mentioned suggestions of what to do is knowing what not to do. Do not admit fault to any other parties involved, to witnesses, or to authorities. Also, do not settle your case too early. Sometimes injuries creep up on you and their effects are delayed. Lastly, do not sign release forms before consulting an attorney. If you do any of these things, it could be detrimental to your case.
After the Incident
Keep records of everything. Everything means:
- Copies of the police report;
- Medical bills;
- Hospital visits;
- Missed work time;
- Lost wages;
- Property damage assessments;
- Travel expenses;
- Insurance premium changes and other related information;
- Catalogue every item that was damaged including clothing;
- Estimates for repairs;
This list is not all-inclusive.
No one plans to be injured. Most people do not want to file suit against someone else or a business, but sometimes these happen, and action is necessary. If you or someone you know has been confronted with personal injury, you need the skill and experience of a licensed attorney. Elias Dsouza of Dsouza Legal Group has been helping victims like you for over 15 years. Contact Elias today for a free consultation.