The seconds, minutes, hours and days immediately following a motor vehicle accident are crucial in determining whether an injury victim will have the resources they need to make as full a recovery as possible.
There are resources on the web that advise people to grab their phones and take pictures of the scene, gather contact information from witnesses and even record statements. While these are not bad things to do, chances are you will be in no condition to take any of these actions if you are seriously injured in an accident. Even if you are physically capable, the sensation of shock after an accident can make clear thought difficult.
Step One: Take Care Of Yourself
The most important thing you can do for yourself or a loved one after an accident is to seek medical treatment regardless of how you feel. It is not uncommon for people to feel fine while the adrenaline is flowing after an accident, only to begin feeling pain and soreness in the hours and days that follow.
By seeking medical attention as soon as possible after an accident, you are creating a record of any injuries and their treatment. It can also ensure that any internal or other not obvious injuries are identified and treated.
Step Two: Talk To An Attorney
The earlier you involve a personal injury attorney, the earlier evidence can be gathered, statements can be taken and the scene reconstructed. This is crucial in preserving a claim for personal injury compensation such as medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings and property damage.
At Cummings Law Firm in Waterbury, Connecticut, we are at the side of accident victims and their loved ones every step of the way. Protect your rights by calling 203-754-7779 and speaking with a lawyer. Personal injury consultations are free.