personal injury law
  1. Do not leave the location of the injury/accident.
  2. Keep calm and ask for the help of others who might be available to assist you.
  3. Call an ambulance, if necessary.
  4. If you are injured on commercial property, ask to speak with a person in charge and fill out an incident report. Ask to get a copy of this report or take a picture of it with your cell phone.
  5. Identify witnesses and get their names, addresses, phone numbers, and statements.
  6. If you are able, take photographs of the scene, what caused your injury, and anything that might be relevant to the incident. Later, also take photos of your injuries.
  7. Seek appropriate medical care.
  8. Contact a personal injury law firm and schedule a free consultation as soon as possible

Who should I report the accident to?

Whether you were injured on private, public, or commercial property, you need to report your injury to the proper authorities immediately . This may include EMS, fire department, or the police to substantiate your claim. If you were injured on commercial property, you need to ask to speak to the owner, manager, or other person in charge and complete an incident report. Once the incident report is complete, ask for a copy or take a photo of it with your phone. Take your time and fill out the report as thoroughly as possible, and do not minimize your injuries. These early statements will be referred to later in your claim as evidence.

Going through the proper channels to report your incident helps document what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and the nature and extent of your injuries. It also helps prove who is negligent and needs to be held responsible. It will further serve to support the legitimacy of your claim and injuries later and preserve any evidence that is still available.

When should I contact an attorney?

After you have received appropriate medical care, you should schedule a free consultation with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. When you contact us, we will discuss with you all aspects of your incident and injuries and give you pertinent information and advice about making a claim. If you retain us to represent you, we will immediately conduct a thorough investigation to document the facts of what happened before any evidence is lost or destroyed. It will also prevent insurance company investigators and adjusters from contacting you directly to ask you questions and take recorded statements.

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