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What to Do if You've Been Injured in an Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident that you believe was the fault of another party make sure you know how to protect your rights and receive fair and full compensation under the law.

Here is a list of steps that you should take in the event of a traumatic injury:

IMMEDIATELY

  • GET MEDICAL CARE—Call 911, get to a hospital etc. Take every precaution necessary to avoid sustained injury.
  • Take photographs, or have someone help you take photographs of your injuries, wounds, bruises, casts, hospital room and anything else that may document your injury.
  • Take photographs of everything including the damaged vehicles, accidents scene and other drivers. Use your cell phone if you must. A witness or a passenger can take photographs. If you are unable to take photographs at the scene, do so as soon as possible. Wherever and however the accident occurred, make sure you take documentary photographic evidence of the scene.
  • Call the police. If you suspect drugs or alcohol may be involved in the accident do not hesitate to report your suspicions. If the cars must be moved before the police arrive, take as many pictures as possible.
  • Make note of the following information: What happened to your body upon impact? Did your body hit anything in the car? What position was your body in upon impact? Was the impact unexpected? Did you hear/see anything just prior to impact? What symptoms did you experience at the scene of the accident? What symptoms did you experience at the end of the day and within 24 hours?
  • Be honest and to the point in your communications at the accident scene. Whatever you say to the other drivers, the investigating officers and the other drivers is potentially admissible.
  • Note any statements made by the other driver, particularly if the other driver admits fault.
  • Obtain names and contact information from witnesses.

  • Report the accident to your insurance company and to the at-fault person’s insurance company. Speak with your lawyer BEFORE giving a statement to the other party’s insurance company, and before speaking to your own. If you give a statement—request a copy.

  • If you are too injured to work, tell your employer and document time off work.

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