Wondering what to do after suffering a Personal Injury?September 3, 2013
Wondering What to Do after Suffering a Personal Injury?
Immediately after a personal injury that was due to no fault of your own or due to someone else’s negligence, you may wonder who you should call and what you should do next. You may also wonder what legal actions are available to you. At a time like this, it’s important to stay calm and take things one step at a time. First, be sure to seek appropriate and necessary medical treatment if you are injured. Next, contact an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your rights are protected and that you take the appropriate steps to preserve any and all necessary evidence to prove a claim against the party that was at fault.
Here are some of the things you should do if you are injured; however, please note that this is not an exclusive list.
1. Seek Necessary Medical Treatment
If you are injured, it’s important to seek prompt medical treatment, especially since your injuries could be worse than you think. You could even be injured without realizing it. If you’re in an auto accident, it’s also important to ensure that you comply with Florida’s new Personal Injury Protection laws (PIP). Under Florida law, someone in an automobile accident must obtain treatment within fourteen (14) days in an ambulance or hospital, or from a physician, osteopathic physician, chiropractic physician, or dentist. The full $10,000 PIP medical benefits are available only if a physician, osteopathic physician, dentist, or a supervised physician assistant or advanced registered nurse practitioner determines that the insured has an “emergency medical condition.” You should also request a copy of your medical records after treatment, and convey exactly what issues you believe you have. Your failure to correctly convey your injuries and symptoms may impact your case.
2. Take Notes and Gather Evidence
Write down what you remember from the accident. Get contact information from witnesses and take photos of anything that could serve as evidence later on. It’s important to document this information now while it is still available and still fresh in your mind.
3. Contact an Experienced Personal injury Attorney
When you are the victim in an automobile accident or any other injury-causing accident, it is even more important for you to act quickly. As soon as possible after the accident, you should hire an experienced law firm that understands your rights under the new laws, which will maximize your likelihood of recovering. This requires an aggressive and knowledgeable firm with trial and litigation experience that will guide you through the claims process and consequently file a bodily injury claim and/or lawsuit in court to recover the amounts that may or may not be covered by insurance or other available sources. An attorney can also speak with insurance companies on your behalf.
4. Get an Official Report and Preserve any Evidence
If your injury is the result of an auto accident, you should contact the police and request that a traffic crash report be prepared. A police officer will create an official crash report that could be vital to your case and include important information such as who was at fault; the names, addresses, and insurance information of those involved; and the names and contact information of witnesses. If you are injured in a place of business, ask a manager at the business to write an incident report so there is an appropriate record that the accident occurred. If you do not report the fall or accident, the business may deny that it occurred or hold that fact against you later if you determine that you wish to pursue a claim. For other incidents, maintain contact with anyone who can serve as a witness for your case and try to secure their contact information. Official documentation and photographs can serve as important evidence in proving someone else is responsible for your injury. Make sure you preserve any tangible evidence and documents that could help prove your claims and/or damages.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney in Boca Raton
If you or a family member has been injured in Boca Raton or the Palm Beach County area, contact a Boca Raton personal injury attorney at Marshall Socarras Grant, P.L. to discuss your case. Our personal injury lawyers have the knowledge and experience to help you through this challenging time and guide you through the process to get you on the road to recovery. If you choose us to represent you, we will thoroughly review and evaluate your case to determine if you have a valid personal injury claim. Depending on the circumstances of your claim, you may be able to recover compensation for your serious injuries, including the cost of past and future medical bills, lost and future wages, pain and suffering, mental anguish, or other expenses that directly resulted from your injury or accident.
Ruben E. Socarras, Esq., managing member of the firm that is based in Boca Raton, Florida, is an AV® Preeminent™ rated attorney focusing his practice in the areas civil litigation, wrongful death, catastrophic and personal injury law, among other areas of law. The AV® Preeminent™ designation is Martindale-Hubbell’s highest peer review rating based on a legal professional’s skills and ethics. Please contact our firm today for more information about how we can assist you with your accident or injury case at 561-361-1000, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We offer a free consultation and there is no obligation to pay for legal fees or costs unless we successfully recover against the at-fault party. Please visit our website at www.msglaw.com for more information about our attorneys.
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