The aftermath of an accident — a car accident, truck accident, slip-and-fall on someone's property, a workplace accident, etc. — can be confusing. When the initial shock wears off, your mind will likely flood with questions about what to do.
If you are hurt, there are some important steps that you should take, and there are some things you should not do. A mistake could affect your ability to earn the compensation you deserve for your injuries and lost wages.
DO: Report Your Accident And Document Damage
It's important to report your accident to the police, so they can make a report. If you are able, use your phone to take pictures of any damage and the accident scene. This includes your vehicle, the other vehicle and any skid marks. This is the same for injuries caused by defective products or a slip-and-fall on someone's property.
DON'T: Speak With Insurance Representatives, Except To Report The Incident
Insurance adjusters, either for your own provider or for the other party's, will want to speak with you about the accident and your injuries. These adjusters are skilled at interpreting people's statements as admissions of liability or that injuries are not really serious. It is better to let your attorney speak with them.
DO: Seek Medical Attention
As soon as possible, it is important to have a doctor assess your injuries. Even if you think your injuries are not serious, see a doctor anyway. If you wait weeks or months, it will be more difficult to link your injuries to the accident.
DON'T: Stop Treatment
One of the things that everyone worries about after an accident is whether they can afford medical care. Talk to your lawyer about options for covering your medical bills while your case proceeds. If you stop treatment, the defense can argue that you are recovered and do not need compensation.
DO: Contact A Personal Injury Attorney As Soon As Possible
Experienced personal injury attorneys like those at Conner Riley Friedman & Weichler understand how the legal process works and how to build strong claims. Do not try to deal with the insurance companies on your own. We can help you find medical treatment and determine the best way to proceed. The faster you call us, the faster we can get to work investigating and building a strong case.
To learn more, contact our Erie, Pennsylvania-based firm by calling 814-240-3339 or sending us an email to schedule a free consultation.