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First Steps & Considerations When Dealing With A Personal Inury Case

Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Nobody sets out to get hurt or get into an accident, but when it happens, there are some first steps to take and some things to consider directly after an event of this kind. Remember, if someone can be held responsible for the personal injury you sustained, you have legal rights and legal recourse to take.

Accident Reports

Be sure to make your accident report as detailed as possible, the more that can be recorded immediately, the better. Don’t wait and then have to rely on memory later. Everything, even minor cuts and scrapes should be documented. Trying to add injuries later might be fruitless. Don’t overlook mental or emotional details either. Keep track and get them detailed in the accident report right away.

Find a Lawyer Like Charles Harding

Don’t just call the voice speaking the loudest or most frequently on TV. Choosing your attorney this way isn’t a good idea -- check his/her reviews and ratings. Experience and track records will help you more in your case than the amount of advertising a law firm may or may not do.

Don’t Rule Out Pre-existing Conditions

Preexisting conditions don’t always dictate the amount of a personal injury award -- be up front about your previous injuries. This will help your attorney build a strong case for you.

Ask Questions and Be Informed

When meeting with a lawyer about personal injury, it’s not the time to be shy. Ask how the process will play out and all the things you may be required to do. You should feel comfortable and educated, not left in the dark wondering what will happen next.

Don’t Go At It Alone: Contact an Authority

Depending on where your injury was sustained, you should contact an authority and document everything – including the conversation. If your injury was sustained on the job, report it to your supervisor/boss right away. If there's an injury due to car accident, call an ambulance and the police as soon as you can, don’t wait until later.

About Vehicle Accidents

Don’t move your vehicle if you were involved in an auto accident. The police may ask you to do so, but wait until you are instructed to do so. Moving your car before getting police permission can cause more damage, or it can lead to questions that can’t truly be answered later, thus hurting your case. An exception might be when your car is in a busy intersection.

Bring All Documents to Your Lawyer

When you first go to your lawyer, bring all documentation. The paperwork should include, medical records and bills, any income loss and police reports. This information can help a lawyer determine if you have a case to file and/or what the approach will be.

Call or email us today and get a free consultation if you’ve been injured.