South Florida Injury Lawyer
Personal injury refers to any injury that someone sustains due to the negligence of someone else. The term ‘personal injury’ refers to a wide range of injuries, such as a car accident injury, an injury sustained from a defective product, a slip and fall accident where someone is injured, and more. In the aftermath of an accident, it may seem like your life will never be the same, especially when the accident has caused you or a loved one severe and traumatic injury. There are many emotions that often result from an injury, such as anger, fear, and helplessness. As the medical bills stack up, and lost wages surmount, it may seem as if getting your life back to normal is an impossible feat. However, there are certain actions you can take after an accident that can significantly help your future personal injury case.
We have compiled a list of steps to take after a personal injury accident.
Seek Medical Attention
In the event you have sustained injuries caused by an accident, the most important thing you can do is seek medical attention. If the injuries are life-threatening or you are in an emergency situation, you should immediately call 9-1-1 and have an ambulance sent to your location. Receiving prompt medical attention could greatly increase your chances of making a full recovery. Not only that, being seen by a doctor or medical professional will provide documentation of your injuries that can help your case in the future.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney
After medical care, this is the most important step to take. It is imperative you do not attempt to give a statement to your insurance company before obtaining legal representation. You should however quickly notify your insurance provider about an accident. Failure to notify your insurance company right away about an accident you are involved in could potentially lead to a rejection of your claim. While you may be required to notify your insurance company of an accident, you are under no obligation to give a formal statement to the other party’s insurance companies. The moment the insurance company senses you will be seeking compensation for your injury, they will begin collecting information that will help them limit the settlement amount they offer you. What may seem like an innocent and harmless statement can end up being used against you. Understanding the steps to take and your rights after an accident can feel overwhelming and challenging. That is where an experienced South Florida injury lawyer comes into play. The right lawyer will advocate for you and walk you through this stressful process and help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Document the Scene and Collect Evidence
If it is physically possible, it is a good idea to collect evidence of the scene where you were injured directly following an accident. In the moments following an accident, do your best to take photos of the scene and the surroundings. If there is something unusual or irregular at the scene, make sure to document it. Write down the time and location of the accident, as well as details such as the weather, lighting, road conditions, etc. It is also a good idea to collect the information of the other parties involved in the accident, and if possible get their insurance information. Take notes on exactly what happened leading up to the accident, the accident, and the aftermath of the accident. Speak to any witnesses and get their names and contact info. You may think you will remember these details, however, it is best to document the details of your accident when your memory is still fresh.
Request Police Report
A police report is full of vital information about your accident. Some of this information is the time, date, and location of the accident. Other important information within the police report is the contact and insurance information of all the parties involved in the accident. If for any reason you were unable to acquire this information following the accident, the police report will be of great help when you and your lawyer are piecing together your case.
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident that caused bodily injury, it is important to contact a legal professional to better understand your options. Robert Gluck has over 32 years of experience helping injury victims receive the compensation they deserve to get their life back on track. If you want to discuss your case with Robert, call his office and schedule a free case evaluation at (877) Gluck-Law. Robert has offices in the Fort Lauderdale and Naples, Florida areas, and serves clients all over the state of Florida.
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