What You Need to Do in the Event of Accidental Injuries
Accidents can happen in a variety of situations and what first appears to be a relatively minor incident can leave you suffering serious personal injuries. In addition to the medical costs you incur, you could be left with permanent disabilities that require ongoing care while preventing you from working or engaging in other activities. No one ever thinks this type of thing could happen to them, but the fact is that millions of people suffer these injuries every year. To protect yourself, it is important to be aware of the risks and what you need to do in this situation.
Protecting Yourself When Personal Injuries Happen
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 30 million people each year suffer personal injuries serious enough as to require immediate medical care. Among the most common causes are car, bike, or pedestrian accidents, slips and falls, getting struck by or against objects, and sports or recreational injuries. Insurance may cover some of the immediate medical costs, but even a relatively minor mishap can leave you suffering ongoing disabilities.
In many of these cases, it is the reckless actions of others that are to blame. In order to hold them responsible, either through an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, there are certain steps you must take. These include:
- Report the accident to the authorities. Even if you are involved in only a minor incident, you need to report it immediately. If it involves a traffic accident, notify law enforcement. For slips and falls, notify the property owner. Sports related injuries should be reported to coaching and administrative staff. If you are not sure who to report the incident to, simply notify the Fort Pierce Police. This ensures important information about how, when, and where the accident occurred is on file.
- Make note of as many details as possible. Pay attention to where the accident occurred, the circumstances leading up to it, and any witnesses who may have seen it happen. This can all prove to be valuable evidence when filing a claim. If possible, take pictures of the accident scene and the injuries you suffer.
- Get medical attention for your injuries. Regardless of the severity of your injuries or any symptoms you experience, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Follow all of your doctor’s instructions regarding follow up care and adhere to any activities restrictions.
- Speak to an attorney before making statements to the insurer or accepting a settlement. Be aware that insurance companies are in business to make money and one of the ways they do this is by denying or disputing claims. Get an experienced personal injury attorney to negotiate with them on your behalf.
Let Us Help You with Your Case
At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, we work hard to get you the compensation you need to recover when accidents occur. To request a consultation to discuss how we can help in your case, contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney today.