What to Do after a Personal Injury
Accidents and events which result in a serious injury can be traumatic and overwhelming. In these situations, it is often difficult to think clearly or know exactly what to do to protect your rights. Unfortunately, the actions you take in these moments can substantially impact your ability to recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
If possible, document the incident with the proper parties. If you are involved in a car accident, this may involve requesting that a police officer be dispatched to the scene to fill out a police report. If you are injured on the property of another, this might involve reporting the accident to the property manager or store owner. When injured at work, you should inform your supervisor of the accident.
In some cases such as when you suffer an injury from a defective product, it may not be possible to fill out a report at the accident scene. This is understandable, and it will not impact your ability to recover compensation. But in any situation where you can reasonably document the injury while still at the scene, it is in your best interests to do so.
You should always seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not appear to be seriously injured. Some injuries such as brain injuries or soft tissue injuries may take days or weeks to develop symptoms. By seeing a doctor right away, you ensure that you receive proper treatment in a prompt manner, and you also document that your injuries were caused by the accident.
Once you have received all necessary medical treatment, you should schedule a consultation with our Manchester injury attorneys. Our lawyers will listen carefully to the details of your accident and advise you as to the best way to proceed.
Remember, time is of the essence. The sooner we can begin investigating your injury, the greater your chances of a successful recovery. Over time, witnesses may forget the events of your accident or evidence may be inadvertently “lost.” There are also important filing deadlines for personal injury claims which must be met. By acting now, you ensure these deadlines will not be missed.
Please contact Van Dorn & Curtiss today to schedule your free personal injury consultation. We serve clients in New Hampshire and Vermont, including Manchester, Concord, and Nashua.