Personal Injury Claims: The Do And The Don’ts
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Accidents are preventable, but even after taking all the proper precautions some slip through the cracks. If these moments do happen to you, you may find yourself in the midst of a Personal Injury Claim.
An Individual will file a Personal Injury claim when they’re looking to claim the injury as the fault of another individual or company – for instance, a car accident or workplace injury.
What is a Personal Injury Claims
This individual or company with then be liable for a variety of expenses that can come out of the incident including:
- Physical or mental injury treatment
- Unforeseen expenses
- Inability to perform work tasks
- Loss of employment and income
- Any legal costs associated with the injury claim
Any of these claims can come after a variety of accidents or injuries. Like this article written by Foyle Legal states, Whiplash injury is quite a common reason for filing a claim. However, there are plenty of other reasons for entering the process. Including things like broken bones, stitches, and even damage to your mental health.
To file a personal injury claim you will require expert advice and a lawyer to be able to fully sort through your case and fight your cause. However, before this step, it’s important to know the Dos and Don’ts of the process before diving in.
DO Call Law Enforcement
When the accident happens do not hesitate to get the law enforcement involved. An investigation documented by a police officer will go a long way later on when it comes to the claims process.
Even if you believe you are at fault for the accident there may have been underlying conditions or technicalities that hold the other counterpart at fault instead of yourself.
The Law Enforcement may give you a tough time about expending manpower to investigate a minor accident however it’s important to remain calm and stand your ground, it is their duty to investigate and fill out a report.
DON’T Flee The Scene
Do not leave the scene of the accident, unless you are seriously injured, until the police arrive, investigate and give you the okay to head home. Fleeing the scene before an investigation can add to the suspicion that you are the one and fault or even make your Personal Injury Claim less credible in the future.
It’s also important to not allow the other persons and witnesses to leave the scene as well. Police and lawyers, later on, will need as much information and evidence as possible to build you a proper and strong case.
DO Contact Your Insurance Provider
While you wait for Law Enforcement to show up, make sure to exchange insurance and contact information with others involved in the accident. This especially is relevant for car accidents. This is so you can both give the information when reporting the accident to your insurance provider.
The two providers will then connect with one another to discuss the matter of the accident and what exactly happened.
DON’T Discuss The Details of the Accident with Anyone
It’s critical that you do not discuss in detail what occurred at the accident site or who was involved. That means no sharing photos on social media or even using it as your Monday story in the lunch room at work. All matters should be kept confidential and only discussed with your Insurance company, medical practitioners, and Lawyer.
It’s also important to not admit innocence or claim responsibility for the accident when in the presence of the other party or release a statement to the other party’s insurance company. Keep it strictly under wraps.
DO Seek Medical Attention Immediately
Potentially the most important DO on this list is to seek medical attention immediately if it is needed, for either party. Everyone’s well-being who is involved is the utmost priority and shouldn’t be put on hold for anything.
If there are no serious injuries, emergency services responding to the scene can still help later on with the claims process. If you don’t see a practitioner on-site, visiting your doctor once you’re released from the scene is the way to go.
Your doctor will be able to prescribe you a treatment plan for both minor and major injuries that should be reported to your lawyer and included in your Personal Injury claim.
DO Take Photo and Video Evidence of Your Accident
It may be recommended to not share pictures or videos of the scene with outside spectators but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them.
This evidence is second best to getting a full investigation from Law Enforcement. Your Lawyer will be able to use this evidence in your claim and even in court if your claim process reaches that level.