Making Personal Injury Claims
For most people, filing a personal injury claim can seem like an overwhelming task. There must be substantial evidence and documentation to support any claim of negligence made against another person or business entity. Failing to do this can mean an unsubstantiated claim, and can even result in a counter claim against you. If you or someone you love truly is injured due to someone else’s negligence, not receiving the appropriate compensation is the last thing you need. Below the attorneys at Robert B. Sykes & Associates, P.C. provide the steps injury victims should take after an accident in order to receive just compensation for their personal injury claims.
Steps To Take
Document everything at the scene of the accident. This is one of the most critical and under-utilized steps of properly submitting personal injury claims. Write down everything you can remember and document conversations that take place between you and witnesses. Take the names and numbers of everyone involved, take photos of any vehicles involved before they get moved or altered, get the name and badge number of any police officers on scene, and collect the information of any medical professionals tending to the injured.
Keep records of everything related to the accident. This includes any medications you have been prescribed, medical records, medical bills, conversations between you, insurance companies and doctors, a pain diary, braces, casts, etc. Take pictures of absolutely everything injury-related, even if you think it might not be relevant. This helps to create airtight personal injury claims.
Visit the doctor and any undergo related physical therapy as often as instructed. Not only will this help you get better faster, but it leaves documented evidence of your pain and recovery time in connection to the accident. Delaying medical attention will allow room for dispute as to whether the injury is caused by the accident.
Do not put anything on official record, neither written nor oral, before acquiring a personal injury lawyer. Insurance adjusters will most likely try to contact you to obtain a statement before you’ve had a chance to get representation in an effort to gather evidence to refute your claim. Have an attorney with you at all times when dealing with the other side’s insurance company or their representation.
As you can see, it is very beneficial to be prepared and to know what to do if you are ever injured in an accident. By following these four easy steps, you can get back on the road to recovery without having to pay out of pocket for your medical bills, vehicle damage or lost wages. Call 801.533.0222 today to receive a FREE consultation with the experienced injury attorneys at Robert B. Sykes & Associates, P.C. if you have been injured in an accident.