What To Do If You Are Injured In An Accident

Accidents happen and, unfortunately, sometimes injury is a result. If you are injured in an accident, there are a few things you should do to protect yourself. First, be sure to have any injuries looked at by a professional even if they seem minor at the time. Some injuries may get worse or you may not realize the extent of them until the next day. Make sure you get a police report and exchange any insurance information with the other involved parties. Do not talk to the other person’s insurance company should they call you. They have their best interests in mind and will try to minimize any injury or damage that may have occurred.

The next thing you want to do is speak to a lawyer about the accident to see if you have a personal injury case. A lawyer can listen to the details, review the police report and do a preliminary case evaluation to determine if you have a case or not. Some accidents are not caused by wrongful conduct or neglect on anyone’s part. You would have the burden of proof if you bring about a personal injury case so you would want a lawyer to handle any investigation or gather any evidence to make sure it was done correctly. A law firm with experience in personal injury law, like Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab for example, would be the best place to start. A lawyer would also know all the deadlines that need to be met and any procedural matters that need to be conducted such as discovery. A lawyer would also know who to bring suit against in order to get you the settlement you deserve. For example, in the case of a construction accident, you may not want to sue an individual but sue the company that employed the individual.

A lawyer would also be helpful in determining what type of compensation you should sue for. Compensation can be sought for many reasons. Medical expenses and pain and suffering are the most commons reasons for compensation. There are also current and future wages to consider and training should you need to enter a new field of work as a result of your injuries. You would not have any idea how to proceed in your own best interest.