What to Do After an Accident
Long Island Personal Injury Attorney
car accident or another type of accident, it can be difficult to regain your health,
your feelings of confidence, or even your ability to feel safe. Many are
understandably shaken dealing with the physical and mental repercussions
of serious injuries in addition to uncertainty about their financial future.
If you are involved in an accident that has resulted in
personal injury to you, it is important that you consider filing a personal injury claim.
By speaking with a Long Island personal injury attorney, you can gain
insight on your best course of action and prevent any issues that could
result in a lowered compensation amount.
The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. Can Review Your Case
Many people do not realize the hardship that medical bills and other expenses
from the accident can cause until the situation gets serious, with bills
piling up and a limited ability to pay. Unfortunately, this too often
leads to lowered credit and bankruptcy. There is a short amount of time
in which you may file a claim, so it is best to have your claim reviewed
as soon as possible. If you are unsure as to whether you have a case,
the best thing to do is have an attorney review the details of the accident.
Steps To Take After Suffering an Injury
#1: Call emergency services or seek medical care right away.
- The first and most important step is to receive the proper medical care.
Even if you believe that you may not be seriously injured, it is best
to have yourself evaluated by a doctor. In many cases, the pain from an
injury does not show up until hours or even days later. This will not
only ensure that the injuries are assessed and treated, but it will also
provide immediate medical documentation which will later be helpful when
you file a claim.
#2: Call law enforcement and report the accident.
- If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to report it
to the police. In some types of accidents, it is not necessary to report
to the police. However, promptly reporting that the accident has occurred
can provide you with documentation of the accident. It is extremely important
to never give any details in any type of report as to why you think that
accident occurred or whether or not you believe you may have been partially at fault.
#3: Get the names and contact information of witnesses.
- In most types of accidents, it is important to get the names of anyone
that may have witnessed the accident. This could be a co-worker, bystander
or simply someone walking down the street at the time of the accident.
They may be called upon to provide testimonial.
#4: Write down what happened and take photos.
- If you have a camera, take photos of the accident. Some people choose to
keep a disposable camera in their glove compartment; others simply use
the cameras in their phones. The photos may be used as evidence at a later
date and could back up your claim. Write down what occurred being as specific
as possible also, noting the weather, the area, how you feel, and what
#5: Do not admit fault to the other driver or their insurance company.
- After an accident, it is natural to want to take the blame even when it
is not true. The period after a serious accident is emotional and in many
cases, very confusing as to what actually occurred. It is natural to feel
guilty, even when you are not at fault, as this is often part of human
nature. Unfortunately, the responsible party or insurance companies may
use your apology to keep from paying you your just compensation. Refrain
from discussing the accident if at all possible.
#6: Speak with a Long Island personal injury attorney immediately.
- Speak with a personal injury lawyer as early on in the process as possible.
If you wish to speak with an attorney before reporting the accident your
insurance company, you may do so. An attorney will greatly improve your
chances of receiving fair compensation for your injuries.
Connect with Our Personal Injury Attorneys in Long Island
Accidents can happen to anyone, even the most careful drivers who follow
all the safety rules and the law. In some tragic cases, lives are lost,
or an innocent person is left with lifelong, serious injuries. Wading
through the system in order to get the compensation you deserve can be
daunting. Insurance companies are notorious for all of the following:
- Offering inadequate settlements
- Delaying payment
- Challenging claims
- Overall making the process difficult
Don't be a victim of the process. The team at The Odierno Law Firm,
P.C. is highly skilled in helping the injured recover the compensation
that is deserved, and is here to help you at every step.
Connect with our firm for immediate assistance, and a free case evaluation.