Do you know what to do in a

Personal Injury Case?

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.

Which of the
following can be
used as evidence if you're
the victim of a dog bite?

  • A.Photos of the injury and scene of the incident
  • B.The clothes you were wearing
  • C.Emergency room records
  • D.Witness statements
  • E.All of the above

Eis correct

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.

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If you slip and fall in a store, which of the following witnesses would be most helpful for your claim?

  • A.A store employee
  • B.Your friend
  • C.Your husband or wife
  • D.Another customer

Dis correct

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.

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Which of the following is true about witness statements?

  • A.They must be written at the scene of the incident
  • B.They must be signed and dated
  • C.They must be notarized
  • D.They must be written in a legal format

Bis correct

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.

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Which of the following responses is acceptable to say at the scene of a car accident?

  • A.“I’m sorry!”
  • B.“This is your fault!”
  • C.“Are you okay?”
  • D.“I didn’t see you.”

Cis correct

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.

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Is it necessary to call the police if you were involved in just a minor accident?

  • A.Yes, it’s important to have a neutral third party.
  • B.No, you can handle taking photos and getting the other driver’s information.

Ais correct

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.

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You suffered an injury and your car was damaged in an accident. Can you post on social media to let your friends know what happened?

  • A.Yes
  • B.No

Bis correct

In a personal injury case, your posts – statuses, comments, photos, videos – provide information that may be used against you, so avoid posting anything on social media regarding the accident.

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When should you seek
medical attention
following an injury?

  • A.Immediately
  • B.The next day
  • C.Whenever you can get an appointment
  • D.You don't need to see a doctor for minor injuries
  • E.A & B

Eis correct

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.

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You’ve been injured in a car accident.
Your insurance company – or the other driver’s insurance company calls you to get an official statement.

  • You Should:
  • A.Talk to a personal injury attorney first
  • B.Immediately give the insurance company your statement

Ais correct

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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