Getting Help After an Accident
Unfortunately accidents happen and people get hurt. After an accident, whether a slip & fall, truck, bus, automobile, motorcycle, bicycle, dog bite or any other similar life changing event, there are a few steps that will help protect the victim.
- Seeking medical attention is very important if it is needed. Waiting too long to seek medical assistance puts the injured person's recovery at risk and may lead to a worse injury because treatment was not sought for something that could have been fixed with less medical intervention.
- The next most important step in protecting the injured person is to preserve as much evidence as possible. This means the injured person should get help obtaining witness names who may have seen what caused their injury.
- The police should always be called and you must insist on a police report being written in a vehicular accident.
- With cellular telephones coming equipped with cameras, as many photographs as possible should be taken. Photographs of where the accident took place (from as many angles as possible), what objects were involved in the accident (open milk container, cars, trucks, buses, bicycles, potholes, etc), and the injuries to the victim are good suggestions of what to photograph as soon as possible.
- Another major step in getting help for the injured person would be to contact a competent attorney. The reason why this is important is because the attorney understands how to navigate the path ahead in order to make sure the injured person is fairly compensated. Going down that road alone, without an attorney, can be very painful. The insurance companies or the person causing the accident will attack the victim which can make a person feel angry or depressed. Having an attorney on the victim's side helps defend against these often outrageous attacks. Contacting an attorney before speaking to an insurance company, even the victim's own insurance company, could prevent headaches down the road.