WHAT TO DO AFTER YOU HAVE SUFFERED A PERSONAL INJURY:
- Get Medical Attention: From soft-tissue injuries to broken bones and worse; injuries can range from moderate to severe. Make sure you get medical attention right away if you’ve been severely injured. Even if you don’t feel like you got hurt, consider seeing a doctor for a check-up.
- Obtain Witness Information: Many times witnesses to your injury will make themselves available to provide assistance. It is important to get the names and contact information of the witnesses. You’ll also want to gather the information of those responsible for your injuries, including name, contact information, and insurance information.
- Take Pictures: Taking pictures of the scene of an accident can help you remember exactly what occurred. Use your cell phone or camera to take as many photos of the scene as possible.
- Document conversations with the insurance company: Be sure to take note of names and contact information of insurance representatives you speak with. Furthermore, be sure to keep all written and email correspondence in an organized file and place.
- Document medical expenses: Make sure to document all of the medical expenses associated with the treatment of your injuries for reimbursement/compensation purposes. Expenses to document include medical bills, prescription costs, and insurance co-pays. Many times there will be many separate bills from a single emergency room visit such as a physician’s bill, radiologist’s bill, the hospital ER bill, ambulance bill, etc. An experienced personal injury lawyer can gather your medical bills if you are unsure of how or where to get them.
- Request medical records: Medical records provide a significant amount of information that may be important for your personal injury case. A personal injury lawyer can gather your medical records if you are unsure of how to get them.
- Don’t Sign Anything: Paperwork often materializes within days after the accident. You may be told that it’s just an insurance formality, when in fact it may be your admission of guilt or a way to eliminate your rights. It’s best to tell them that you’d like to look over the words first and then get back to them. It would be in your best interest to take the document to an experienced auto accident attorney, unsigned, so they can evaluate its purpose.
Contact Austin S. Pieratt Esq. at 405-551-5109 to discuss your personal injury case with an attorney today.