If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident that resulted in serious injuries, be sure to know the “do’s and don’ts” of your situation. A person that has been hurt in an accident can easily make fatal mistakes and risk forgoing any future claim with a simple and thoughtless mistake. Go over these rules and advice for personal injury cases so that you are prepared to fight for your rights in the most effective way.
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Always carry, or have on you, a disposable camera. It is recommended to carry one in the glove compartment of your car, but often times, people have camera phones and digital cameras on them at all times. No matter what form of camera you may have, always be sure to have one in case of an accident. This way, you can document the scene of the accident, as well as, your injuries that you’ve sustained. Having this fresh footage will be a huge advantage for your cases in any future claims.
Collect as much information about the parties involved in the accident. Write down their name, address, email, phone number, secondary phone number, insurance details, and drivers’ license number. All of this information is necessary to have if you wish to pursue compensation for your damages.
Collect the same type of information from every single witness that is willing to testify. Get their names, numbers, addresses, email, and their permission to contact them, either you or a lawyer, to be a witness to the accident.
At the scene, discuss the accident in detail with police. Be sure to tell them of your injuries because they will be preparing written statements about the accident and the persons involved. By notifying police that you are injured, insurance companies will be able to see that being testified in the officer’s written reports, and will help your case. Be sure to seek medical attention immediately and make report of that as well.
Tell Yourself “NO” to…
Never speak or provide written or oral statements to any third party committees. Do not speak to insurance adjusters, reps, or anyone else except your lawyer and the police. Once you have been briefed by your personal injury lawyer, they will let you know how to prepare for those types of conversations.
Always stay in constant communication with your attorney during the case. If you are approached by anyone wanting formal information about the case or the accident, call your lawyer right away. This way, your attorney can speak with these third parties and give them the pertinent information they are seeking, without jeopardizing the case.
Do not sign anything! Do not write checks, sign documents, or even agree orally to sign or pay for something. This gesture can destroy any claim that you had pending. Trust your attorney and let him guide you in the right direction.
The legal system is complicated, tricky, and tedious. It is crucial to hire a professional in the industry to speak on your behalf and protect you from loss compensation. There are so many “do’s and don’ts” when it comes to personal injury cases, so be sure to at least speak with a lawyer as soon as you are involved in an accident that results in injury.