After you or someone you care about has been injured, it can be a confusing and bewildering time. You might not be sure what to do or how to proceed to ensure that your injuries will be properly compensated.
We are here to help, but you can make our job much easier. By following the steps below, you can start to lay the groundwork for a successful personal injury case, should you need to file suit.
Take care of your health first.
At the time of the accident, make sure you or anyone else who was injured is all right. Perform appropriate first aid and contact emergency services if needed. Even if you don’t need emergency services, be sure to visit your doctor, an urgent care clinic, or the hospital and get records of all treatments received.
Collect the evidence.
Make sure that you have records of how the accident happened and who caused it. Take whatever photographs you think might be useful. (The more photographs, the better. We can sort through the photos you take to find the ones that will be most useful for making your claim.)
Know who the witnesses are.
If there were any witnesses to the accident, make sure you get their names and contact information. Take notes about any conversations you have with these witnesses or other people involved in the accident. Once you have these people’s contact information, follow through and contact them to ensure the information you received is accurate.
Keep good records.
The more written records you have, the better. This includes things like medical bills, lost work or wages, repair bills if property was damaged, and more. You should also write down what happened as soon as possible, so you don’t risk your memory becoming fuzzy over time.
Don’t sign anything.
The last thing you want to do is sign away your legal rights if you might have a claim. Don’t sign any waivers or other paperwork until you’ve spoken with a personal injury lawyer.
After a personal injury, the clock starts ticking. You only have a limited amount of time to explore your legal options and decide whether you want to file suit. Be sure to contact a personal injury lawyer right away if you think you might have a claim. We would be happy to review the circumstances of the case with you and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Injuries that are NOT covered include the following:
Fessenden Laumer & Deangelo Attorneys are workers’ compensation lawyers serving Olean, NY; Wellsville, NY; Dunkirk, NY; Jamestown, NY; Fredonia, NY; and Warren, PA. If you think you may have a workers’ compensation case against your employer or former employer, call our office to schedule a consultation today.