Being harmed as a result of another party’s negligence can be just as psychologically damaging as it may be physically devastating. While there may be various things to do in the wake of a personal injury, however, taking the following steps can help victims start to lay the foundation for a future case. And this can be pivotal to their future financial recovery.
After Suffering a Personal Injury…
Step 1 – See a doctor ASAP.
Getting medical attention will be crucial to receiving a proper diagnosis, preventing further health complications and getting any necessary treatments to start healing. Seeing a doctor is also important from a legal or case perspective, as a doctor can document the scope and severity of your injuries immediately following the accident (or event). And, this will be needed later to prove just how harmed you were by the negligent actions.
Step 2 – Report the incident if necessary.
Depending on the type of accident or event that causes your personal injury, you may need to report the incident to some authority. For instance, if you were in a traffic accident, reporting the collision to police is important (so there will be a police investigation and report for the crash). Alternately, if you slip and fall in a retail setting, reporting the incident to the manager (or other authority) will be essential (so these parties can develop their own incident reports).
Step 3 – Document your account and take pictures.
As soon as reasonably possible, write down the details of what happened to you, and take care to note specifics regarding:
- Where and when the incident occurred (date, time, location)
- The details of the setting (for instance, you may want to note weather conditions if the accident occurred outside; if it took place inside, you may want to note whether any features were out of place.)
- What happened immediately prior to, during and after the incident
- Whether emergency medical responders came to the scene.
And, if you can, try to take pictures of the damage caused by the incident and/or the scene of the incident. Your thorough account, along with pictures, can be powerful later on when it comes time to move forward with a personal injury case.
Step 4 – Contact an experienced lawyer ASAP.
When your health is not in imminent danger, the next best step to take is to contact a seasoned attorney to find out more about your potential case, as well as your best options for pursuing financial recovery. Learning more about your rights and options following a personal injury won’t cost you anything – and it could end up helping you maximize your compensation for your injuries, losses and damages.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Lawyer at the Klibaner Law Firm
For superior personal injury representation in Colorado, contact a Denver personal injury lawyer at the Klibaner Law Firm. Our lawyers are passionate about defending the rights and interests of people who have been injured by others’ carelessness, recklessness and negligence, and they are ready to apply their experience and resources helping you maximize your financial recovery.
To learn more about your options and how we can help you, contact our firm today by calling us at (303) 863-1445 or emailing us using the contact form on this page. From our offices based in Denver, our attorneys provide superior representation to injured people throughout the Denver metro area and Colorado.