The Aftermath of the Accident
If you have been harmed in an accident and believe that someone else is responsible for your injuries, you may have a claim for financial compensation. In Georgia, accident victims can seek money to cover their medical bills, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages, provided that someone else was at fault for the accident. Depending on the nature of the accident and the severity of your injuries, this could amount to tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars in compensation.
But, in order to recover any money at all, there are important steps you need to take in the aftermath of the accident. Continue reading to find out the basics of what you need to do, and for legal advice about your personal situation, feel free to contact us for an initial consultation.
Steps to Take After Suffering Injuries in an Accident
Seek Prompt Medical Attention
After an accident, the first thing you should always do is seek prompt medical attention for your injuries. It does not take much to cause a serious injury, and even “minor” falls, impacts, and collisions can have drastic effects. Seeking medical attention is not only important for your health, but it can also be critical to your personal injury claim.
Take Photos of the Scene and Your Injuries
If you are able to do so, you should take plenty of photos at the scene of the accident. Photos of your injuries, the damage to your vehicle, traffic conditions, road conditions, and other relevant details can be crucial evidence in your claim for compensation. You can never have too many images, so get out your phone and start shooting.
Collect Other Evidence
Along with taking photos, you should collect other available evidence as well. For example, if there are any witnesses, try to get their names and contact information. If the police arrive (which they should – you should always call the police if you are injured in a vehicle collision or other accident), ask for a copy of the police report. If you were involved in an auto accident, be sure to write down (or photograph) the other driver’s license plate, and get his or her insurance information as well.
Avoid Mistakes that Could Jeopardize Your Claim
Finally, after an accident, you need to avoid several common mistakes that can jeopardize your claim for compensation. For example:
- Do not ignore your doctor’s advice. The insurance companies may be watching you, and if you don’t rest, go to therapy, or attend your follow-up appointments, it is going to look like you are not serious about making a full recovery.
- Do not talk about your case on social media. While it can be tempting to post photos and details online, you should avoid doing so. The insurance companies and defense lawyers will be looking for even the most innocuous details to use against you.
- Do not wait to hire an attorney. The longer you wait, the harder it can be to pursue a successful claim. If you have been injured in an accident, you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney will be able to make sure that you take all of the steps necessary to give yourself the best chance at a full financial recovery.
For more information on what to expect during your personal injury claim, stay tuned for the rest of our 5-part series:
- Part 2 – Preparing for Your Initial Consultation
- Part 3 – Fighting for Settlement while Preparing to Go to Trial
- Part 4 – Your Personal Injury Trial
- Part 5 – Collecting the Money You Deserve
Have You Been Injured in an Accident? Contact Attorney Clarke Nash Today
Attorney Clarke Nash provides experienced legal representation for accident victims in Savannah and throughout Georgia. If you have been injured by a dangerous product or as a result of someone else’s negligence, call (912) 200-5292 or contact The Law Offices of B. Clarke Nash, P.C. online to schedule a free consultation today.