Following the proper procedure in a personal injury case is critical to receiving compensation for your injuries. If you were injured in an accident, would you know what to do? Test your knowledge with the following quiz.
The more evidence you can provide, the stronger your claim will be. If possible, take photos or videos at the scene of the incident and preserve any physical evidence as soon as possible. The evidence listed above applies to virtually every personal injury claim.
The testimony of an independent, third-party witness with no personal or financial stake in your injury claim is the most helpful. The same criteria applies for any type of personal injury.
It’s best to get a statement as close to the time of the incident as possible. However, if you are unable to get a statement at the scene, take down the witness’ name and contact information to get a statement at a later date. Have the witness sign and date the bottom of each page – the signature does not need to be witnessed or notarized.
Check if anyone is injured or needs medical assistance. You don’t want to escalate the situation by blaming the other driver (B). You also don’t want to say anything that could be interpreted as admitting guilt (A & D), which could make you legally liable.
Even if the other driver seems trustworthy, you can’t be certain that their insurance or information is legitimate. The police will verify the driver’s information, check for arrest warrants, and provide a police report.
Medical records are critical evidence in proving the extent of your injuries, so you should see a doctor as soon as possible after the incident. If you delay medical attention (or don’t seek medical attention at all) it can easily be interpreted that your injuries weren’t severe enough to require treatment, which can harm your claim.
Giving a recorded statement or signing a written report without first speaking to an attorney can severely damage your case. Don't be pressured to give a statement, even to your own insurance company. An attorney can guide you on the right course of action, file paperwork, handle court documents, and communicate with insurance companies.
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