When you are involved in a personal injury accident, it can be one of the most chaotic and stressful times you will ever experience in your life, especially if you have been badly injured and hospitalized.
If you are physically able to do so after the incident, here are a few steps that will help you if you decide to pursue a claim.
- If you are physically able to after the incident, take down the names and contact information of any witnesses.
- Write down everything you remember about the incident. Be sure to include even the smallest of details. You don’t want to count on your memory alone if you have been injured or are under a large amount of mental stress as a result of the incident.
- Preserve anything that you feel may be evidence that can substantiate a future claim.
- Say as little about the incident as possible, but don’t deny law enforcement and medical personal pertinent facts, especially if you need medical treatment or stating these facts may support a future claim you make.
- Consider getting legal representation or contacting your family attorney right away.
- When talking to the offending party’s representatives or insurance company, do not discuss details of the incident. It is best to decline to give a statement until you have spoken to a personal injury attorney.