If you are in an accident it can be hard to figure out what to do first. There may seem like a lot of things to handle, and that is true. There will be questions about who is responsible, the extent of damage done to your property, and what you need to do to recover for your physical injuries. Rather than try to sort out these issues on your own, it is helpful to have a skilled personal injury attorney on your side. An attorney will know how long you have to file a case, and what evidence clearly paints the picture of what happened. That said, there are two things you should do after an accident, so you can start your case off on solid ground.
After a personal injury, these two things must be handled right away:
- Consulting with a physician to make sure you receive the care you deserve. If you are seriously injured at the scene, it is smart to allow the first responders to transport you to the hospital for evaluation. Once there, be sure to tell the treating physician all of your symptoms. If your injuries are catastrophic, you will likely not have a choice as to whether you take the ambulance to the hospital, because the paramedics will get you to a facility as quickly as possible. If your injuries require emergency care and/or surgery, give a thorough account of the accident and how you are feeling the first chance you get. Making sure your medical condition is treated properly is the most urgent part of handling a personal injury case, and will put you in a position to get back on your feet so you are prepared for what comes next.
- Gather the evidence that will be needed when making a claim. This includes talking to any witnesses and getting their contact information in case you need to depose them or obtain their written statement. Another part of evidence gathering includes taking photos of the damage done, and exchanging information with the other driver. The information you exchange should include getting the other driver’s insurance agent’s name and phone number, as well as the driver’s policy number. This will allow you to make a claim with the negligent driver’s insurance company that is easily identified from within the company.
We understand how confusing the time right after an accident can be, so if you forget to get any relevant information, don’t worry. We are experienced at putting the pieces together and making a claim on your behalf.
If you have been in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.