Things You Should Do and Things Not to Do for Your Personal Injury Case
When you are injured as a result of another’s negligence, you are entitled to compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering, and lost wages. To receive the maximum compensation for your injuries there are certain things you can do and things you ought not to do to ensure you receive the maximum recovery.
First, you should make sure you call the police or report the accident to the appropriate authorities. Make sure you cooperate and give an accurate account of what happened. During this time, you should also do the following:
• Identify any and all witnesses to the accident, record their name, phone number and address if they will provide that to you.
• Take photos of all property damage and of your injuries.
• If you are injured, make sure to alert the authorities that respond about those injuries.
• Check the accident/incident report for accuracy.
Next, you should immediately seek medical care for your injuries. Whether it is going to the nearest emergency room or walk-in clinic – it is imperative that you have a medical provider document your injuries. You will also want to report the accident to your insurance company, so they also have it on record. Throughout the pendency of your case you should also keep a record or log of any mileage to doctors’ appointments, time missed from work due to the accident, and progress of your injuries. If you notice you are not able to do certain things that you could do before the accident, make sure to note that as well, and keep copies of all receipts for any out of pocket expenses.
The following things if done, could hurt your personal injury case:
• Not calling the authorities and making a report. Without an incident or investigative report, you may not be able to prove your case.
• Providing a recorded statement. You could potentially say something that could be misconstrued. Never give a recorded statement without first speaking with an attorney.