You’ve Been Injured: What To Do First

There are several key steps to take when you have been injured in an accident that will increase your likelihood of receiving compensation for your damages. Following an accident, you should:
 

  • Take photographs of the scene and of the vehicles involved as well as any injuries sustained.
  • Get a copy of the accident report.
  • Be careful what you say to police and any other parties involved in the accident; statements you make can be misinterpreted and lead to difficulty in obtaining damages later.
  • Contact our office right away. Don’t get involved in discussions with any insurance adjusters before consulting an attorney. This will help you avoid mistakes that may harm your claim in the future. This is especially true if you are taking medications for injuries.
  • Bring in as much medical information as you can when you come in to meet us.
  • Bring insurance information for the person who caused the accident and each of your insurance policies.
  • Follow doctor’s orders; follow through on medical treatment even if you think you are feeling better. If you don’t think your treatment is working, tell your doctor.
  • Create a diary to record the significant events in your treatment and recovery.