If you’ve been injured due to an unsafe condition on someone else’s property, you have a right to hold the property owner accountable. However, what you do immediately after the accident can make a difference in the outcome of your case. Most importantly, you should seek prompt medical attention and contact an attorney who can provide guidance on your legal rights and help you preserve necessary evidence.
Use the following list as a general guideline for what to do after your accident while you look for a qualified and experienced personal injury attorney to handle your case.
1. Report the accident. If you become injured on public property, report the accident to a police officer and request a report. If you become injured in a place of business, ask a manager to write an incident report. For all accidents, be sure to also get contact information from witnesses who can attest to what happened. Gathering this type of evidence can be very important to proving that the accident occurred and that it caused your injuries.
2. Seek prompt medical treatment. If you become injured, you should seek prompt medical treatment. Be sure to notify the medical professional of any and all symptoms and injuries you believe you are suffering from, and request copies of your medical records after treatment.
3. Take photos. Take photos of your injuries to use as evidence later on. You should also take photos at the scene of the accident, concentrating on anything you feel contributed to the accident (such as a raised sidewalk, broken stairwell, or any other unsafe condition). Even photos taken with a cell phone can help document a hazardous condition. This is especially important since the property owner may try to quickly fix the hazard to discredit your claim and avoid liability for your injuries.
4. Contact an attorney. As soon as possible, you should contact an attorney who can investigate your case and provide legal guidance on what to do after your accident, including how to handle the insurance companies. Often, insurance companies pretend to have your best interest at heart while they are actually gathering evidence against you to deny your claim. An attorney can help protect your best interest and your legal rights while you focus on getting better.
If you’ve been injured in an accident on someone else’s property, contact a personal injury attorney at the Capaz Law Firm. We will do everything we can to hold the responsible party accountable and seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Call 813.440.2700 for your free consultation.
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