It can be frustrating when you’re trying to do what’s right and other people around you are careless. When someone else’s carelessness results in your injury, that frustration can build. Now you might have medical bills and property damage to worry about on top of the annoyance of others doing the wrong thing. The following are some things you can do after this happens.
Refrain From Engaging in Conversation
The individual who caused your injury might try to engage you in conversation. While this may seem innocent enough, he or she could be trying to get you to admit to doing something wrong. For example, if someone hits you with a car while you are riding your bike in the bike lane, the driver could try to get you to say something like, “Oh, it’s not your fault. I should have been closer to the sidewalk.” This would give the driver evidence against you, showing that you admitted to doing something wrong.
Seek Medical Attention for Your Injuries
Don’t forgo medical attention for your injuries. Doing so could paint the picture that the injuries are not as bad as they really are. It could forfeit you the right to compensation because you won’t know how bad the injuries actually are and won’t know how much compensation to seek. It’s also for the best of your health to seek medical attention. Some injuries don’t look like much on the outside, but a doctor’s examination could uncover internal bleeding, broken bones or other serious issues.
Collect Evidence From the Scene
This may be best handled by your lawyer, but while you’re still at the scene of the accident, you can begin to collect evidence, assuming your injuries don’t prohibit it. Take pictures of the situation, including your injuries. Photos of the surrounding area can help to give a judge a good idea of what happened. If there are individuals who witnessed the carelessness that caused your injury, ask those individuals for contact information. Your lawyer may also uncover surveillance videos and other evidence that will show what happened.
Contact a Lawyer to Represent YouPersonal injuries can be quite serious depending on the circumstances. In most cases, the injured individual is eligible for compensation from the at-fault party. If you have found yourself in this situation, and you have injuries that could qualify for a personal injury lawsuit, contact a personal injury lawyer, like from Darrell Castle & Associates, to represent you.