What Steps Should I Take After A Serious Personal Injury?
4 Steps To Take After A Serious Personal Injury
Following a serious accident, it is important to stay as calm as possible so you can do what is necessary to protect your well-being and the well-being of anyone else involved. Therefore, whether you have suffered an injury due to a motor vehicle collision, a defective product, a construction accident or any other incident, you should consider these following four steps:
- Seek medical care: If you or anyone else has been injured, you should seek medical care right away. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, you should still see a doctor, particularly since there may be some internal injuries of which you are not aware.
- Call 911: Whether you need the police or an ambulance, it is crucial to call emergency services as soon as possible. Having the police involved is also helpful should you need a police report later to help bolster a personal injury claim.
- Collect evidence and information: Once everyone’s emergency medical needs are addressed, try to get the names and contact information of any possible witnesses. You may need statements from them later. Also, use your phone to take photos of the accident. If your injuries were caused in a motor vehicle accident, make sure to collect all necessary information from the at-fault driver, including their driver’s license number and insurance information.
- Contact an attorney: Having an experienced lawyer on your side is one of the best ways to ensure you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled. The insurance companies will have attorneys looking out for their best interests, and so should you.
One important thing to remember, however, is that every situation is different, and while the steps outlined above may be helpful in many situations, they do not cover every possible scenario. This is why step four — contacting a lawyer — is so important. An experienced attorney can review the facts of your particular situation and help you determine the best steps moving forward.
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You may have a limited amount of time to bring a personal injury claim in New York, so you need to contact Edelman & Edelman, P.C., as soon as possible — or risk having your case dismissed because it was filed too late.