When you suffer personal injuries from motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice and defective products, you are entitled to get compensation. As long as there is evidence that someone was at fault, you deserve compensation that will cover medical expenses among other factors such as cost of living with a disability, lost wages, pain and suffering and property loss where applicable. So, how do you go ahead and claim compensation after an injury? Consider the following factors.
Take Note of Events that Happened Before, During and After the Accident
As stated above, evidence is essential when claiming compensation. Therefore, one of the first things you should do is record the events surrounding the accident. If you can, take photos and get contact information for the witnesses. For the case of car accidents, ensure you get the details for the other driver including the type of car and plate numbers. However, avoid engaging in any conversation with the other driver. Some words you may utter such as ‘sorry’ can later be used against you when you present your claim. Finally, don’t assume that you will remember things; write the information down on a piece of paper or your phone.
Report to the Relevant Authorities
The other step you should take is to report the event to the relevant authorities. For instance, if you were hurt at work, report the incident to the employer or supervisor. In the case of a car accident, call the police.
Get Medical Help
Get medical help immediately after the accident. If you don’t go to the hospital immediately, you can reduce your chances of a successful claim. Medical records are among the key pieces of evidence that will determine the direction your claim will take. Most importantly, going to the hospital immediately is essential for your health and wellbeing. Some injuries can become worse if they are not treated immediately. You could also be having some issues that are not easily evident such as internal bleeding.
Work with a Qualified Attorney
After the accident, the at-fault party is likely to do two things. One, he or she may deny the claims. Two, he or she may approach you with their insurer and attorney with a compensation package. Regardless of the action they take, it’s always advisable to seek help from a lawyer.
In the first scenario, a good attorney can help in gathering evidence and taking the necessary steps to present your case and ensure you get compensation. For the second scenario, a lawyer can review your case to make sure the compensation you are getting is worth the injuries and other losses you suffered.
When seeking help from a lawyer, go for one who has experience in handling a case similar to yours. Simply go to the lawyer’s website and check their specialties. For instance, if you check the Brown and Crouppen lawyers’ website, you’ll see that they have listed personal injury as one of their specialties with motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, defective products and medication, premise liability, and on the job injuries and disabilities as some of the specific cases they handle in this category. Other than the specialty, it’s also good to check the reputation of the lawyer or law firm, amounts awarded to their past clients and payment terms among many others.
Make sure you take all the above into account if you ever suffer an injury that wasn’t your fault.