The First Few Things to Do After a Personal Injury
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Being the victim in a personal injury accident can be frightening. You’re often in pain and may be scared that you have permanently injured yourself. There may be blood, and you may be fairly certain that you have a broken bone. On the other hand, you may not feel injured right away, but you may have hit your head and be concerned that you have injuries that won’t show up for weeks or months later.
If you’ve experienced a personal injury, there are a few things you need to do right away to both ensure that you’re healthy and that you can make a strong personal injury claim later.
Make Certain You’re Okay to Move
Before you try to get up or do anything else, take stock of your body. Can you move your arms, legs, head, fingers, toes, and everything else? Are you bleeding? Is your vision blurry? Carefully check over your entire body before moving so you don’t risk injuring yourself further.
Get Medical Help
If you are bleeding or injured, you need to get medical attention right away. If you don’t feel capable, ask someone nearby to call 911 for you. If you feel well enough to stand and continue with your day, you still need to call and make an appointment with your doctor. You will want to have your injuries examined to make certain you were not hurt more substantially than you thought. This also allows the doctor to look for signs of brain injuries or other damage that may not show symptoms for some time.
Document What Happened
Write down everything you can remember about the accident, starting from when you entered the area to how you were feeling when you left. Write down the names of any witnesses, the time, the exact location, and everything you can remember about the sequence of events that led to your injury. You’ll need this for any personal injury case you bring later.
With your results from your medical exam and your documentation, you’re ready to begin pursuing a settlement in a personal injury claim. The experts at Held & Hinds, LLP, are here to ensure that you receive a fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us today to discuss your case.