The First Steps After an Accident
Posted on behalf of Henness & Haight on Feb 16, 2015 in Car Accident News
When you have a slip-and-fall accident, the moments immediately after are confusing, scary and chaotic. It can be hard to figure out what to do through the pain and fear. People will be swarming around you, checking to see how badly you are hurt. You may even be pressured to sign release forms or be whisked away to a hospital. It is important to try to keep your head about you and take the right actions to support a possible personal injury claim. This includes keeping detailed notes about what happened.
Conversations and Witnesses
Try to get contact information from any witnesses at the scene. Note the details of any conversations you have about the fall, when and where they occurred and whether the discussion was in person or on the phone. Besides witnesses, note discussions with insurance reps, business owners, medical personnel or anyone involved with the accident in any way.
Do Not Sign
Do not sign any papers without first consulting your attorney. The business owner, insurance company or other party involved in the accident may try to get you to sign papers that will absolve them of responsibility, or tie you to a lower settlement.
Write down everything that you can remember about the events leading to your accident. You may not be able to do this right away at the scene, but try hard to replay the events in your mind until you can get somewhere to write it all down. Any time you remember a new detail, stop what you are doing and add it to the notes. The clearer a picture you can provide your attorney, the better you will be able to collect damages.
As the days pass following your accident, keep a log of any injuries you notice and any medical treatments you receive. If you get paperwork from the doctor or hospital, keep it with your notes. If you need to undergo rehabilitation, track each session. Not only will this help your claim, but it can be of use in your recovery.
When you are involved in a slip and fall, there are many kinds of damages you may be entitled to collect. These include lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering, educational losses, and more. You will, however, need records to support your claim. Keeping a detailed log will help your attorney pursue the case.
As soon as you are well enough to do so, you may want to revisit the scene of the accident to shore up your details, take photos or talk to other witnesses.
Of course, the moment you get home from the accident you should call a qualified personal injury attorney. Only such an experienced expert can stand by your side and help you when it comes time to collect on the damages to which you are entitled.
If you have suffered an injury in the Las Vegas area, our attorneys are ready to help. Give us a call today!