What to Do After an Accident
Personal Injury Cases: I was injured in an accident that wasn't my fault, what should I do?
Personal injury law covers a wide range of scenarios. You may have heard the term "tort." Tort cases are civil in nature, and they often involve situations where an individual was injured by or as a result of the actions or omissions of another person or entity. The classic example would be a car accident, but many other cases fall into this category as well, including product liability cases, where a manufacturer is responsible for the injury, and medical malpractice cases where a medical practitioner has caused harm to a patient. If you were injured by circumstances that were not your fault, but can be attributed to the intentional or negligent actions of someone else, then you might be considering pursuing compensation from the person or entity that was responsible for your injuries.
If you are in this type of situation, you may be wondering what you should do first. Obviously, the very first thing you should do is seek medical attention for your injuries. But following that, there are actions you should consider taking in order to increase your likelihood of being compensated for the injuries that you suffered.
As soon as you can, you should start trying to get as much evidence as possible to show what happened to you and why it happened. For example, if you were in an accident because a stop sign was not visible, take photographs of that stop sign from every angle. Also take photographs of the scene of the accident. Also, be sure you take photographs of visible injuries before they start to heal. If your injuries are severe, you should have seen a doctor anyway, but you should also be sure to see one so that you have medical records citing the injuries that you suffered. If there were witnesses to what happened, get their names and contact information. In most cases, the more time that passes, the less evidence that will exist, so if you have the opportunity to do so, try to preserve what you can.
Record your Experiences
You should write down how the accident impacted you. In addition to the injuries, did you miss work? What expenses resulted from your accident? While we often think that we will remember these sorts of things it is surprising how fast we forget details over time, and legal disputes can take some time to resolve. The more information you preserve the better off you will be.
Speak to an Attorney
If you were injured in an accident, and you think it was someone else's fault, you should consider reaching out to an attorney at Montlick & Associates to discuss your legal rights and options. You may be entitled to recover compensation, including compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, Pain and Suffering, punitive damages if the defendant's conduct rose to the level of gross negligence, and others. It is also important to remember that there are endless variables to personal injury cases, and that the laws governing these cases can be different depending on the state in which the injury occurred. Because of this, it is a good idea to consult an attorney to discuss the facts that are specific to your personal injury claim.
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Source: https://legaldictionary.net/tort-law/ and http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Pamphlets/AutoAccident.aspx and https://www.montlick.com/auto-accident-checklist
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