While you may be shocked or frightened immediately following a property accident, those initial moments following an accident are important. If you are physically able, use these early moments as a window for collecting documentation, proof, and witnesses from the accident scene. Gathering these elements maximizes your chances of recovering financial compensation in a future personal injury claim. This collection of evidence is important because the injured party is required to prove negligence to win a personal injury case. The evidence must show that the individual’s injuries were directly caused by the negligent actions of the property owner. As long as you are physically capable of doing so, ensure you take the following steps following an property accident:
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Following a property accident, you or others may have sustained injuries. Whether minor or substantial, ensure all injured parties receive help. Call 911 if necessary.
Ensure you find a way to document an accident took place on a property. This documentation can be accomplished by gathering contact information from witnesses that saw the incident, collecting medical records from the 911 responders that treated you, or requesting surveillance footage that captured the accident occurring. This evidence is important for legally establishing the occurrence of the incident.
Collecting necessary information from the accident scene is critical for the investigation of a personal injury accident. Some information to collect following an accident includes:
Names and contact information from accident witnesses
Names and company information from insurance representatives
Names, contact information, and accident reports from any first responders on site
If you are safely able, take pictures or videos of the conditions that caused the accident and the aftermath of the surrounding area following the accident. Pictures and videos allow for documentation of the accident scene, which will be useful as the accident is investigated. This media might even be utilized as evidence.
Even if you do not immediately feel injured, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Through this process, inform your medical providers of all physical symptoms and limitations you have experienced since the incident. Injuries might not surface until later, so being checked by a doctor allows you to be aware of those injuries that are not initially apparent. A medical exam will also offer you an official diagnosis from a professional and document all injuries as the accident investigation continues.
Keep receipts for all of your related expenses following the incident, including repairs, parking, transportation, medical bills, co-pays, etc.
After an accident, schedule a consultation with a personal injury lawyer. This will help you understand the legalities surrounding your accident. A lawyer will guide you through the legal process efficiently and communicate with the insurance companies, which do not always have your best interests in mind. If you’re looking to win maximum compensation for your accident, a personal injury attorney maximizes that opportunity!
By being proactive and diligent immediately following an accident, you can gather important evidence that will increase your chances of receiving compensation for your damages. At Spear Greenfield, our attorneys understand the hardships you are facing following an auto accident. We will ensure you receive the proper medical treatments and guide you through the legal process. To learn more about the potential legal options following an auto accident, including whether partnering with a personal injury attorney is recommended for your situation, please click on the button below for a step by step guide.
Following an accident, it might help discussing the incident with a personal injury attorney, especially if this is your first accident, because a lawyer can provide you with additional legal insight. At Spear Greenfield, we are here to represent your best interests, fight for your justice, and earn you maximum compensation! Our initial legal consultations are free and carry no obligations or pressure, so please feel free to schedule an appointment. There is nothing to lose and in the worst case scenario, you will leave our office with more information than you initially had!