If you were injured in a car accident, slipped and fell on someone else’s property, or sustained an injury at work, the last thing you want to worry about is how to get compensation for the injury. However, there are a few steps you should take that will help increase your chance of success. We’ve got everything you need below.
Call the Police
The first thing you should always do when you find yourself in an accident is to contact the police, whether the cause of the accident was your fault or not. The point of calling the police is to get a record of the incident. They will take down your personal information, a description of what happened, and notes about any vehicles that might have been involved in the incident. This information will be useful in proving what happened in your claim for compensation.
Seek Medical Treatment
Getting medical attention after an accident is highly recommended whether you sustain injuries or not. Sometimes, the adrenaline spike following an accident may mask pain. After the adrenaline wears off, that pain might suddenly become severe. If you receive medical attention, the doctor can figure out what you should do to treat your injuries. Plus, they will provide a record of your injury and treatment, which will help substantiate any claim for compensation.
Document the Accident
If you sustain minor injuries and can still move about, you should ensure you document what exactly happened. Ideally, take photos of the scene, including the damage to your car or any other affected property. If there are any witnesses who are willing to speak with you, get their contact information. You should also talk to other drivers involved in the incident and get written accounts from them.
Talk to Your Insurance Company
Usually, it’s advisable to notify your insurance company about the accident as soon as possible. If your car needs towing to a certified body shop, they will arrange for that. Also, the insurer will assign an adjuster to inspect the incident. Note that sometimes, the insurance may be reluctant to offer you rightful compensation. In that case, you need to file a claim. Also, you can contact a personal injury law firm to know the right course of action you should take.
Knowing what to do after an accident should help you manage the situation and get compensation for your injuries. If you’ve sustained injuries, you have rights and can sue whoever is responsible. Choosing a reputable lawyer and pursuing the right course of action will help you as well.
This article is from Brooke Chaplan, a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.