After being in an accident there could be a million thoughts rushing through your head. But it is important to immediately seek medical treatment, either at the scene of the accident, or in your own time shortly after. This is your first step after being hurt in an accident that you did not cause.
Continue below to learn everything you need to do and focus on after your initial medical care, and how to recover compensation for your resulting damages, including medical bills and missed paychecks.
Medical Treatment is Step Number One
As mentioned, your first step after getting injured in an accident, no matter the type of accident, is to get medical treatment right away. You can seek medical care at the scene of the accident through emergency medical technicians or paramedics, go to the ER, or make an appointment with your primary care doctor. Regardless of which medical care route you take, just be sure to keep all documents and records of your treatment. These documents and paperwork will be pertinent to your personal injury claim. It is important that you obey all medical treatment plans and doctor’s orders during this time.
Report the Accident
You should call 911 and have the police show up at the scene. Just like your duty to seek medical care right away, it is also important to immediately, or as soon as you are capable, to make a police report to document and record the accident and the relevant information from all involved parties. Preferably, you want to do this at the scene of the accident. But if you are not able to, at least make a report soon after, within a day. Request and retain a copy of the police or accident report, and be sure to give this your personal injury lawyer at your initial consultation.
Document and Gather Evidence
If possible, document the scene of the accident, and all relative details of the accident, via video, photographs, and obtaining witness names, addresses and phone numbers. Be sure to take pictures of any visible injuries, if possible. These pieces of evidence will help prove your personal injury case later on. If you are not able to physically take pictures or ask for witness contact information, ask a friend, witness or police officer for assistance.
Do Not Speak to the Insurance Adjuster for the At-Fault Party
You do not want to talk to the opposing party’s insurance adjuster until you have retained a seasoned Indiana personal injury lawyer who can handle the insurance company for you. Anything you say or do will be used against you when it comes time to negotiate your settlement. So, be sure to not talk about the accident or your injuries with anyone other than your medical care providers and your lawyer. Also important, stay off of social media. Anything you post can be used to lessen the value of your claim. Defense adjusters and defense attorneys will try to take things you post on social media and argue them out of context.
Let Your Accident Attorney Do Their Job
Your accident attorney is on your side from start to finish, and you can turn to them for any questions and concerns you might have during the personal injury lawsuit process. Your main priority at this point is to recover, physically, emotionally, and mentally, as best you can. Your lawyer will handle all filings, paperwork, deadlines, negotiations, and more, all in the best interests of your financial recovery. As your attorneys, we only want you concentrating on getting better and getting your life back to normal. We will take the other stressors and worries off your plate.
Who Can You Trust for Skilled Indiana Personal Injury Legal Representation?
Call the Law Office of Craven, Hoover, and Blazek P.C. at 317-881-2700 to learn more about filing a personal injury claim in Indianapolis, Indiana. Daniel Craven, Ralph Hoover, and Keith Blazek are seasoned accident attorneys who will fight to recover the full and fair compensation for your losses. We offer free initial consultations and never collect lawyer fees unless we win a settlement. Call 317-881-2700 to schedule your free consultation with an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer, today.