After an accident, the last thing on your mind is what you need to do to process a personal injury case. Unfortunately, not acting fast enough could be the difference in obtaining a reasonable settlement and no settlement. Any time you are injured, prepare yourself for a possible personal injury lawsuit. Then, take the initial steps to preserve the integrity of your case—and set yourself up for success if a lawsuit does develop in the future.
Write Down Your Statement
Memories can easily slip the mind, especially specific details regarding your injury. While you may remember the general facts, such as the date or the sequence of events that occurred, you may not recall specific details that could be pertinent in your case. Take extensive notes about the injury, including:
· The date and time the injury occurred.
· What happened before, during, and after your injury.
· The names of witnesses present, including their contact information.
· How severe your injuries were, where you sought medical treatment, and the name of the physicians who treated you.
· Details that led to the accident, including any of your actions that may have contributed. For example, in a car accident you were not wearing a seat-belt, but were hit by another car.
Document with Photos
Physical evidence may not be present at the time you file your lawsuit—especially if you do not file for several months after the event transpired. Take photographs at the time the injury occurs, including any photos of surrounding areas, defective products, and any other items involved in the accident. Have your injuries documented with photographs as well and keep them safe with your medical records.
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Contact the Police
A police report is one of the most reliable resources you are entitled to when you file a personal injury lawsuit. Even if the report is not admissible during the suit, it may be used during negotiations. You can often gain leverage from the other party or their insurer by presenting a police report that proves the other party’s negligence.
Get Assistance with Your Case
Only you can decide if you want to pursue legal action against the party that caused your accident. It is best to discuss any type of injury you encounter with a . An attorney can advise you on your rights and also help you decide whether or not a lawsuit is necessary.
If you or a loved one has been injured, call the legal team at Sternberg Law Office today by dialing 561-300-6760 for a no obligation consultation.