10 Oct Protecting Your Rights to Financial Recovery after an Accident: 4 Things to Do after Sustaining a Personal Injury
People make mistakes and get hurt. We are, after all, just human. However, when those “mistakes” and the resulting harm could have been prevented if someone else had been more responsible or careful, the injured parties may have grounds to pursue justice and financial recovery in civil court via a personal injury lawsuit.
Before taking a claim to court, though, there are a handful of things that victims can do to start strengthening a future case and protect their potential claims to compensation. We’ve pointed out some of these most important “to dos” following an accident or personal injury below.
If Negligence Harms You, Here’s What You Can Do
Get medical treatment ASAP – Immediate medical attention following a car wreck or some other type of accident will usually be necessary to getting victims on the path to healing. It is also important, however, to establishing just how badly injured victims were injured by some event, making the physicians’ associated reports possibly critical evidence for future personal injury cases.
Here, it’s also crucial for victims to understand the importance of following through with ongoing medical care if needed (rather just seeing a doctor once after the injury). Following doctors’ orders regarding treatments backs up the fact that the injuries exist (as the flip side of this coin is that failing to comply with doctors’ orders can lead to allegations that an accident didn’t really hurt people that badly).
- Report the facts of the accident to the necessary parties – The necessary parties may include an insurance company, law enforcement officials, a building manager, a supervisor or some other party, depending on what type of accident occurred – and where that accident took place. Taking the step to file a report with the proper authority can create an official document regarding the incident (and this can also prove to be critical evidence in the future).
- Start compiling evidence for a future claim – In other words, keep everything you have related to the accident, the injuries you suffered from it and any steps you have taken towards recovery (such as getting medical treatment, damage estimates for impacted property, etc.). Such evidence can be pivotal to establishing the extent of your losses and, in turn, the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled.
- Consult an attorney – If you can’t do anything else that we have noted above, make sure to just take this step because meeting with a lawyer to discuss your accident can help you understand your options for recovery, as well as the next best steps to take to protect your rights and get on the path to compensation.
Contact a Phoenix Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Office of Richard Langerman
If you have been harmed by the negligence or recklessness of any other party, it’s time to contact a Phoenix personal injury lawyer at the Law Office of Richard Langerman. For more than 25 years, our attorneys have been aggressively defending our clients’ rights, helping them hold negligent parties accountable while bringing our clients’ cases to their best possible resolution.
To set up a free, no obligations initial consult with a Phoenix personal injury lawyer, call us today at (602) 240-5525 or send us an email using the contact form at the bottom of this page. From our offices in Phoenix, we provide superior legal services and representation to clients throughout the state of Arizona.