Why it is Important to Document Your Personal Injury Case

Every year, millions of people end up in the emergency room after sustaining injuries from accidents that were not their fault.

Common causes of incidents that lead to personal injury claims include pedestrian accidents, dog bites, workplace accidents, slip and falls caused by another person’s negligence, and injury caused by defective products.

Although it will depend on the specific facts relating to your accident, there is a strong chance that you will be able to file a personal injury claim against whoever was responsible for the accident that caused your injury. There are many factors that will determine whether your claim can be successful or not. Your personal injury attorney will help to determine the odds, but he or she will need all the facts that you can possibly provide.

What to Document if You are Injured

A general rule of thumb is to document as much as possible.

Of course, if you are seriously injured you may not be able to assess the situation yourself. If you are able to assess the situation, the easiest is to record a voice memo on your cell phone. Additionally, be sure to write down everything that you remember as soon as possible.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, there will likely be police, emergency services personnel, witnesses, and onlookers on the scene. This means that a report of the accident will likely be created, but if you have been injured in the workplace then you will need to report the accident to a manager or supervisor immediately. Every situation will be a bit different, and in some circumstances, you might have to call 911 to get assistance.

In any case, it is imperative that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Make sure to tell the first responders exactly how you feel and what injuries you are aware of. There may be obvious external injuries, but you might have suffered internal injuries as well. It is also important to remember that some injuries may not manifest until several days after the accident. It is therefore good practice to continue documenting how you feel.

If you have a cell phone with you at the time of your accident, take photographs of the scene if you are able to. If it is a motor vehicle accident, take pictures that show the damage to all vehicles involved. Ask someone to take pictures of your injuries if they are visible. It is also a good idea to draw the scene to show, for instance, where two cars collided and where they ended up. Get names and contact information for the witnesses, if available. Their information could be crucial to your personal injury case. But don’t discuss the accident with them, your personal injury attorney can interview them for your case later. The most important thing, however, is to make sure you are okay after an accident. If you are in any discomfort, do not attempt to aggravate any injuries by documenting. The police that arrive on the scene will be able to do this.

If the police ask for a statement either at the scene or at the hospital, keep it short and factual. Don’t be tempted to share any feelings about who you believe to be at fault for the accident because the facts will speak for themselves. It is also a good idea to keep a copy of your statement for your attorney to see, and to get copies of the official police accident report.

In the event that the insurance company of the other individual involved in the accident requests a statement from you, it is important to consult your attorney before speaking with them. Additionally, make sure to never divulge information regarding your medical damages.

Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

A personal injury attorney can help you recover any medical costs that have already been spent as well as future medical expenses (if needed), both past and future wages that have been or will be lost, and any other potential costs that you can prove are directly linked to the accident. This is not something that we’d advise any individual to try and handle themselves. It is also important to note that there are time restrictions on when a personal injury claim can be filed against someone.

If you are injured in Georgia, the Don Turner Legal Team can help! Call us today.

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