Personal Injury Lawyer
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If you were hurt because of an auto accident, animal bite or other accident, contact 1-800-THE-LAW2 now. You can also contact us through 1800thelaw2.com by filling out the fields in the FREE CONSULTATION box on this page. Keep reading to learn what you should do after you’ve been hurt in an accident – actions that can help a personal injury lawyer maximize your monetary settlement. There are also a few things you shouldn’t do after being hurt in an accident. You don’t have to worry about the cost of hiring a personal injury lawyer when you call 1-800-THE-LAW2. You get paid, or you don’t pay at all.
Things You Should Do After You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident
Complete the following steps after you’ve been hurt in an accident. By doing these simple things, you’ll help protect your legal rights and get critical evidence that can help your personal injury lawyer.
- Do seek medical attention after an accident as soon as possible.
- Do contact law enforcement in appropriate cases, such as an auto accident.
- Do cooperate with all emergency response personnel who arrive at the accident scene.
- Do stick to the facts when speaking to anyone after your accident. Remember, anything you say to anyone, including medical personnel, can be used to determine your claim.
- Do get the license plate numbers of all vehicles involved in your auto accident. If you can, get the names, addresses, telephone numbers and insurance information of every driver involved.
- Do get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any potential witnesses who saw the accident.
- Do let your personal injury lawyer contact the insurance companies for you. He or she will stick to the facts of the accident and make sure nothing is said that could hurt your claim.
- Do take photographs of the accident scene as soon as possible. Be sure to take photos of the scene from all angles, including photos of the surrounding area and all vehicles involved in the accident. Take photos of the animal or thing/tool/machine that caused your injury. Your personal injury lawyer can use the photographs as evidence to support your claim.
- Do get the name and address of the animal’s owner and any license information if an animal bites or attacks you.
Things You Should NOT Do After You’ve Been Hurt in an Accident
There are a few things you should not do after you’ve been hurt in an accident. Your ability to think clearly and to do what the law requires, can help your personal injury lawyer present your claim in the best possible way to the insurance companies, and if necessary, the court.
- Don’t stand or wait in busy traffic areas or other hazardous places after your auto accident. You could further injure yourself.
- Don’t leave the accident scene until law enforcement or emergency response personnel say it’s okay to do so and you’ve exchanged contact information with the other person or persons involved in the accident.
- Don’t throw away or clean potential evidence, including damaged property, stained clothing and defective products.
- Don’t remain in a burning building or vehicle while calling for help. Leave the dangerous area and then contact local emergency response teams.
- Don’t admit fault to anyone.
- Don’t apologize for anything – it can be considered evidence that you were legally at fault.
- Don’t offer opinion about the accident. Stick to the facts. Remember, anything you say to anyone, including medical personnel, police officers, even the tow truck driver, can be used to determine your claim.
- Don’t accept an attorney’s business card from anyone connected to the accident, including witnesses. The person who gives you the card is called a capper. The simple act of accepting the attorney’s card could hurt your claim.
- Don’t agree to a settlement without contacting a personal injury lawyer.
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