Becoming a victim of any form of accident is not something anybody would ever want to experience. However, we can never really tell the fate that falls us as we live our lives. Hence, it is best to be knowledgeable about what to do if by unfortunate circumstance, we or our love ones, get caught up in an accident. Here are three simple steps to follow after an accident:
The first thing you have to do immediately after an incident occurs is to seek medical help for you or whoever you care for that has been injured. Even when there are no visible signs of injuries just yet, but you were involved in an accident nonetheless, still seek out the medical opinion of doctors. If you are ruled out of any possible exterior and interior injury, then well and good. But you have to be sure about it since sometimes, injuries are not immediately apparent. Also, you can use the medical records as proof of the incident, come the time for a personal injury lawsuit. Some jurisdictions dismiss a medical record if it was done too long after the incident. That is why it is best to seek medical attention immediately so that you would not only be sure that no major harm was done, but you could also use the documents as evidence in the future.
Hire a personal injury lawyer
When your medical condition has been stabilized, the next thing to do is to hire a personal injury lawyer that you could present your situation to. There are a lot of personal injury lawyers out there who are willing to give free initial consultations. At this stage, they are going to assess whether or not you have a good case for a personal injury lawsuit. You have to tell them every detail of the incident and provide them with the records you have collected like the medical record and police record, if any. If they think that you have a good case, they should be willing to take it on a contingency fee basis. This means that they will get a portion of whatever amount would be settled, and they would get nothing if they lose the case and you also end up with nothing. This is a fair deal considering that you do not have to spend another dime, after having spent so much for the damages and the hospital bills.
Provide a list of things that needs to be compensated
When the case has taken its full swing, it would be very helpful if you give a detailed list of the things that has to be compensated for. This list could include, but are not limited to:
- Doctor’s fee
- Hospital bills
- Manual services (hiring of a nurse or guardian for the injured)
- Lost wages
- Punitive damages
- Funeral expenses
So if ever you find yourself in a situation such as this, always keep in mind that people responsible would have to pay, and it could only be done if you do your part and act accordingly.