Personal Injury Do’s and Don’ts
|If you are ever injured because of an accident, carelessness of another or through the fault of a product malfunction, you deserve to be compensated for your pain, suffering, loss of wages and possibly even more. It’s important to not only know your rights but to also know what to do and not to do at the time the injury occurs – as well as before, during and after medical aid is administered.That’s why we have provided the following list of Do’s and Don’ts to help you make sound decisions in case you are ever injured.DO’s: What To Do In Case Of Personal Injury:
1. Seek legal advice as soon as you or a family member become the victim of negligence by a third party.
2. Learn your rights and how the law protects you in the circumstance of your injury.
3. Identify witnesses to the accident (names, addresses and phone numbers).
4. When possible, photograph or videotape the surroundings, instrumentalities or things that caused or played a role in causing the accident.
5. Where appropriate, call the police or governmental authorities to investigate, and:
6. If in pain, report your condition to any and all authorities involved in the investigation and request an ambulance.
7. When the medics arrive, give them a full, accurate report of symptoms.
8. Never attempt to drive, operate heavy machinery or work at heights if you are dazed, injured or on strong medications.
9. Call a family member or friend to the scene of the accident or incident, to lend assistance and as a witness.
10. Attempt to get names, phone numbers and addresses of any witnesses.
11. If symptoms last several hours, go to your family doctor or emergency room.
12. Don’t discuss your case with any unnecessary parties.
13. Report the accident to your insurance company.
14. If your injuries/symptoms persist for more than a few days, consult an attorney.
15. Get property damage estimates on any damaged equipment or property from the accident, if you have appropriate coverage to repair such damages. Give these estimates to your attorney or to the negligent party’s insurance company if you have no attorney.
16. Try to get the responsible party’s insurer to pay for your medical bills, without signing releases. (By doing so, the other driver’s insurance company will be admitting fault.)
17. Never sign any releases until you are fully prepared to settle your case.
18. Keep a written daily diary of the aftermath of the accident.
19. You should never consider settling your case until all your symptoms have disappeared and you are back to normal.
20. Obtain the following documentation for yourself and/or your attorney:
DON’Ts: What Not To Do In Case Of Personal Injury:
1. Don’t be talked into not calling the police or governmental authorities.
2. Don’t give recorded statements to insurance adjusters.
3. Don’t sign releases or checks with release language printed on them.
4. Don’t settle your case unless your symptoms are completely gone.
5. Don’t settle your case unless you have spoken to an attorney and have had your rights explained to you and your questions answered.
6. Don’t discuss any aspects of your case with unnecessary persons.
7. Don’t do anything just because they say you "have to”.