If you have been injured in some type of an accident, that has been caused by the fault of another, then there are things you need to be doing right away so that you do not harm or compromise the value of your personal injury case. This partial list of things that you need to be doing should be followed and put into practice as soon as possible. If you follow these instructions you can help to maximize the amount of money that you can get for your injury claim. It is important that you do at least the following:
1. Take as many pictures as possible from the accident site
These pictures should allow the person looking at them to get a better understanding as to what happened, who was involved, where it happened, what injuries you sustained, who might have been responsible for causing the accident and if it involves a motor vehicle collision the severity of the impact and the damage to the vehicles.
2. Take an ambulance to the hospital
If you do not feel well or injured in any way, you should insist upon being taken to the hospital, via ambulance, from the accident site. Many times people will tell the police officer that they are not injured or do not want to get medical care but it is always a good idea to get checked out to determine the nature and extent of your injuries.
3. Be very detailed with your doctor
When you go to see any type of medical provider you should be as detailed as possible in describing all of your accident related problems and pains. This will allow your doctor or other healthcare provider to develop a plan for you moving forward to help you get better as quickly as possible. It will also provide a record that will indicate what injuries, restrictions, pain complaints and other challenges you are experiencing as a result of your accident.
4. You should not speak with the insurance adjuster who will call you
Many times, the insurance adjuster who is representing the person that caused your accident will contact you the very next day and will want to speak to you about what happened, what injuries you sustained, how you are feeling, what pre-existing medical conditions you had, what prior injuries you experienced, how you might have contributed to the accident in anyway and a host of other questions. You should never speak with this individual but should instead tell this person that you are consulting with a personal injury lawyer and someone will get back in touch with them. If you speak to this person you could very well greatly reduce the value of your case or even completely destroy it.
5. Make an appointment with the appropriate doctor after you have been seen at the hospital
Someone at the hospital should have told you what type of doctor you should see regarding the injury(ies) that you sustained. In many cases you will want to schedule an appointment with an orthopedic doctor who will then refer you to a physical therapist. It is better if you not received treatment from your family doctor or a chiropractor until you are seen first by an orthopedist, neurologist or other specialist depending upon your injury(ies).
6. Make a very detailed list of all of the accident-related problems that you are experiencing
This would include what body parts are affected, how your injuries are affecting your activities of daily life, what time you are missing from work and any and all other information that you can share with each health care provider when you go to each appointment so that your doctors are fully advised as to what is going on with you medically.
7. Be sure that you keep all medical appointments
If there is some emergency which requires you to cancel an appointment, you should let that office know why you need to cancel the appointment and you should immediately reschedule another appointment. If you miss medical appointments and do not follow up to receive regular care from a healthcare provider, then you can greatly reduce the value of your case.
8. Most importantly, you should contact an experienced Connecticut personal injury lawyer
Do this at the earliest possible moment so that you can get a better understanding as to what needs to be done, what you should not be doing, and how you can add value to your personal injury case. If you do not consult with a Connecticut accident attorney as soon as possible, you run the very real risk of making some mistake that can end up costing you tens of thousand dollars.
Our Connecticut injury lawyers are happy to speak with anyone injured in an accident at no cost or obligation. We will tell you what we think about your case. We will tell you what you need to be doing. We will tell you what you should not be doing. We will tell you how to add value to your case. We will also tell you if we feel we can assist you in helping to maximize the amount of money that you can get for your accident.
Our Connecticut accident attorneys take these cases on a contingency fee basis and advance the cost to develop your case. In other words, you do not have to pay our Connecticut injury attorneys any money out of your own pocket. We are only paid if we collect money damages for you. If there is no recovery, you will owe us no legal fees and no costs.