If you have been injured in a car accident, there are some things you’ll need to do to protect yourself and your future. When you’ve been injured because of the actions of another person behind the wheel, you’ll want to make sure you keep your options open when it comes to filing a Florida personal injury claim.
Depending on your condition after the accident, if you are able, there are 3 steps that should be taken which could make a significant difference in the outcome of your personal injury claim.
Step 1: Report Your Car Accident
The most important call you make after a car accident is to the local police department. Even if you think the collision is minor or you don’t appear to have serious injuries, you should always get a police report, just in case you need to file a personal injury claim later.
You also want to make the police report is accurate. Even if you can’t obtain a copy right away, as soon as you can get one, do so and take a good look at it. If there are any corrections that need to be made, speak to the necessary authorities.
You also will need to report your car accident to your insurance company. This may not be one of the first calls you make but it is important to file a report as soon as possible.
Step 2: Take the Necessary Action to Protect Your Claim
There are things you can do to protect your personal injury claim. One of the most vital things to your case is that you seek immediate medical attention. Don’t delay.
After your car accident, it’s quite possible that you may be suffering internal injuries or injuries that are more serious than you think. You want to be sure you have accurate medical records that reflect the extent of your injuries.
Another way to protect your personal injury claim is to collect evidence, such as:
• eyewitnesses accounts;
• photographs of the accident scene and/or your injuries;
• medical records;
• medical bills; and
• notes on how your injuries affect you on a daily basis.
Step 3: Call an Attorney
While you may not have had the benefit of an attorney on site immediately after your car accident, it’s not too late to consider how a personal injury attorney can help your potential claim.
Since the days and weeks following your accident will likely be filled with hospital stays, doctor’s visits and recovery, you’ll need the help of someone who can guide you, should you need to file a personal injury claim.
Whether it’s collecting evidence from the crash scene or advising you on how to handle conversations with insurance adjusters, an attorney can help keep your case on track in efforts to get you the compensation you need and deserve.