For many people, falling victim to an accident or injury is an unexpected life event. Most victims suffer some degree of pain and suffering and are forced to adjust some aspect of their day to day life even if it is only for a temporary period of time. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a personal injury, there are a few things that you should do.
Go See a Doctor
First, once you suffer from an accident or injury, be sure to seek help from a medical professional. This applies even if you think your injury is not severe enough to require the treatment of a medical professional. It is important that any injuries be reported and documented by a medical professional.
Record What Happened
As soon as possible after the accident, take some time to write down in as much detail as you can recall the events surrounding your accident. Be sure to describe what happened before you were injured, the circumstances under which you were injured, and what happened after your accident. Be sure to include all of the details that you can remember even if you think they are insignificant.
If it is possible, take photos of the scene of the accident as photographic evidence can often serve as critical evidence in a personal injury case. If you are able to take photos, be sure to do so immediately following the accident. Photographs that are taken days after the accident may be rendered unusable and useless in proving your case.
Some Precautions to Take
Do not talk to anyone about the circumstances of your accident. This includes doctors, insurance companies, hospital staff, and nurses. Any statements that you make concerning the accident can be used against you at a later date. If you choose to take legal action after your accident, consult with your attorney before speaking with anyone.
Also be sure to document any and all expenses you have incurred as a result of the accident such as hospital bills, the cost of prescription medications, and loss wages.
If you have been injured in an accident and wish to speak with an experienced attorney concerning your case, contact the law offices of McCarthy, Rowden & Baker for a free initial consultation.