Injury Checklist

If you or a loved one is injured by the actions of another person, we understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your family. However, you need to act immediately to protect your rights:

OBTAIN MEDICAL TREATMENT

Your first priority following a personal injury accident is your health - if injuries go untreated, they may get worse. If you do not have a doctor, we can assist you in selecting one.

* When obtaining medical treatment, you need to report all your symptoms. Do not limit your complaints to your most serious injuries.

* Do not minimize or exaggerate your symptoms.

 

DO NOT TALK TO ANYONE OUTSIDE OF YOUR FAMILY OR DOCTORS ABOUT YOUR ACCIDENT

If someone from an insurance company calls you, do not discuss your accident with them. Write down that person's name, their company's name, company's telephone number and the claim number. Your personal injury attorney will call them back.

 

KEEP ACCURATE, DETAILED RECORDS

a. Time Off Work - Keep track of any time off from work, lost wages or income. If you miss work because of your injuries, get a doctor's excuse. Give a copy of the doctor's excuse to your employer and save one for your attorney.
b. Doctor/Hospital Visits - Write down the name, address and telephone number for each health care provider that you see.
c. Medical Bills - Have your own health insurance or auto insurance company pay as many hospital and doctor bills as possible. If you do not have insurance, we can assist in having
the bills put on hold until a settlement is reached.
d. Repairs - Keep copies of all repair estimates or invoices for damage to your personal property. Do not have your automobile or other personal property repaired until it is determined that it does or does not need to be inspected.

 

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO TAPES

Pictures and videos are the best way to preserve evidence. Take photographs or videos of everything - the car(s) involved in the accident prior to repair; the intersection involved; your injuries (bruises, cuts, scrapes, etc.), your therapy and recovery from surgery as well anything else that you think may be important. Be sure to write on the back of each photograph the date it was taken. If needed, our investigators will assist in compiling evidence.

 

RETAINING AN ATTORNEY/LAWYER

It is in your best interest to hire an attorney that limits his or her practice to personal injury claims.

Do not discuss your accident or injuries on facebook or similar sites. The insurance company and their lawyers will scour the internet for information which they can use against you. Some judges will allow the defense attorney access to your facebook site, allowing them to obtain all information which you may think is personal and confidential. It is not.