What to Do if You Have Been Injured in an Accident

Experiencing an injury as part of a car accident, motorcycle crash, dog bite or slip and fall is fraught with physical and emotional pain, frustration and confusion as you try to piece together what happened. You may not be in the right frame of mind to make important decisions as to your financial future. This is one of the main reasons you should hire a personal injury lawyer in Fresno CA.

Your attorney can address all the details to ensure full compensation for your injuries while you heal and recover. However, there are certain steps you should go through to ensure all your bases are covered. Failure to do things in the right order and in a timely manner could cost you the financial recovery you deserve.

Follow these seven steps if you have been injured in an accident.

Go to the ER or call an ambulance to get treatment for your injuries. Make sure everything is documented. Follow up with all doctor visits and take all prescribed medication. Take photos of your cuts, bruises and other injuries while they are fresh.
If it is safe to do so and you are able to, gather important information regarding your accident. This includes the name and contact information of any witnesses, as well as any other parties involved in the accident. Take photos and jot down everything you remember as soon as possible. Take photos of the damage to your vehicle as well as the other party’s vehicle.
Tell them the FACTS ONLY; do not make speculations and never admit fault. The reason you are talking to them is to give them a detailed account of what actually happened to ensure it is on the record. Never admit fault or give your opinion about what happened. Give only basic, factual answers pertaining to the accident. Leave the rest of the talking up to us.
Contacting a personal injury attorney you can trust right off the bat is of utmost importance. Even if you don’t know if you have a case, you should always make that call. It’s free! The advice that you get in that initial interview is often very helpful in the days following the accident.
Take note of any possible video footage sources that may have recorded the accident, such as a nearby bank, ATM, convenience store, or other business featuring outdoor security cameras. Write down the address and name of the business and provide it to your attorney.
Save anything associated with your injury that could help bolster your case, such as medication bottles, casts, braces, and any other items obtained from your doctor. This also includes all receipts that itemize expenses you incurred as a result of the accident. Highlight the dates on the receipts and make sure they are legible with complete vendor identification.
Pass on any information you think could have a bearing on your case, including any hospitalization, medical treatment or action that causes pain. Never assume that pain or injury was or was not the result of the accident. This is the job of your doctor to determine.

Contact Arisian Law Group

If you have more questions or would like a free, no-obligation consultation, call Jacob Arisian at Arisian Law Group at 559-777-9000. Arisian Law Group is located at 225 West Shaw Avenue, Suite 101, in Fresno, CA for your convenience, meeting with you here on-site or at your home if need be.

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