Three things you must do after your accident
There are many things that you should be doing and still other things that you should not be doing after you have been injured in an accident. The following three items should be done in every single case and if you fail to follow these instructions you could end up costing yourself a lot of money.
What to do with the accident siteif you have been injured in some type of an accident you should make sure that an ambulance is called and the police are contacted where appropriate. You should be taken, by ambulance, to the nearest hospital so you can be checked out to determine what is wrong with you. Many times after an accident, you will be in shock and your first inclination might be to just go home. People sometimes leave the scene of an accident, go home and then either the same day or the next day go to the emergency room of the hospital to be checked out. Insurance adjusters like to argue that if you were seriously injured then you would not have left the accident site and gone home but rather you would have been taken to the hospital. If you are not feeling well, if you do not know what is wrong with you, or if you are feeling out of sorts, the most prudent thing to do is to be taken by an ambulance to the hospital so that a doctor can check you out and determine what is wrong with you and what follow-up care and treatment you should receive. You should also take as many pictures as possible at the accident site which should depict all of the needed information to properly document the facts of your case. If you are able, and it is a motor vehicle accident, you should take as many different pictures from as many different angles showing the vehicles, the accident site, what if anything cause the accident that might be visible, the parties involved, and any and all other items that might help to properly establish the fault of the other party.
What to do at the hospitalAfter you are taken by an ambulance to the hospital, you should tell the doctor or other healthcare professional, about each and every pain, restriction, complaint or other medical situation that is bothering you as result of the accident. You should be as detailed as possible in describing your pain complaints, where they are located, the intensity levels, whether or not the pain is radiating from one body part to another, and any and all other information so that the doctor can properly document your accident related injuries and can develop a plan to treat you for your medical challenges.
What to do after you have left the hospitalFirst and foremost, you should consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer at the earliest possible moment. You will learn what you should be doing and what you should not be doing. One thing which you should never do is to give the insurance company, of the at fault party, a recorded statement. The insurance adjuster will be looking to either have you admit to some portion of fault or may look to have you downplayed your injuries so that this statement can later be used against you. If you are contacted by an insurance adjuster, tell that individual that you need to speak with a lawyer and that you cannot give any statement unless and until we were told to do so by a lawyer.