Whether you’ve been bitten by a neighbor’s dog, are a victim in a car accident, or experienced a slip and fall incident, you may have suffered a personal injury. Depending on the severity of the situation, the event can be traumatic. Due to the fear and confusion, you may not know how to respond to the scene.
Here are some immediate things to do when you experience a personal injury:
Seek Medical Treatment
Before anything else, examine your injuries and ensure that you’re safe. In case of an emergency, call 911 without another thought. Otherwise, simply visit your doctor for a checkup and treatment. Seeking immediate medical help not only accelerates and improves your chances of making a full recovery, but your medical records such as admission docs, X-Rays, and other reports will be crucial in establishing a connection between the accident and your injury.
Even if you think you haven’t sustained any injuries, don’t skip a medical consultation. Perhaps you may not immediately realize that you’ve been hurt. If you seek medical treatment after a few days when the symptoms finally appear, you may face trouble proving that that injury was caused by that accident when you file your personal injury claim.
Collect Evidence and Secure Witnesses
Stay at the scene and try to collect as much evidence as you can. One great strategy is to capture images or videos of the scene before the items, equipment, vehicles, or mess is moved or altered. Capture your injuries too. In the case of a car accident, you should also take photos of any damages caused to your car.
Regardless of the type of incident, look around to the people who may have witnessed the accident. Walk over to them and try to take down their contact numbers so they can serve as witnesses for your personal injury case.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
To file your personal injury claim, begin with hiring an attorney. They will explain whether your personal injury claim is valid or not. They will investigate your incident and prepare on how to prove that your injuries were a direct result of a party’s negligence. Depending on the nature of your injuries, you may be compensated for more than one item. These can include pain and suffering, doctor appointments, lost wages, lost capacity to work, at-home care, and more.
Now that you’re aware of the things to do when your experience a personal injury, it’s time to go ahead and begin planning for your personal injury claim.