It’s safe to say that no one really expects to be in any kind of accident. After the initial shock of the accident, you may not be so sure what to do next, especially if you have been injured.
It’s always a good idea to take pictures of your injuries and the vehicles, if any were involved. If you are able to, make sure you get a good variety of photos of any damage. This is something that can be useful to your insurance company, your doctor(s), and if you need it, your attorney. If nothing else, it can always be photographic proof of a near-death experience that you can brag about at parties.
Don’t jump to conclusions. This is a good rule of thumb in virtually any stressful situation, but especially when you have been in an accident. Any time you jump to conclusions, you will be doing yourself (and possibly others) a disservice. For instance, if you have been in a car accident, don’t automatically jump to a conclusion about who was at fault. This may or may not be the case. Likewise, don’t just assume that you are not injured, even if you don’t immediately notice any particular injury. This brings us to our next point…
YOU SHOULD SEE A DOCTOR! In a situation like this, your health is the most important thing. do not wait to see a doctor if there is any question about whether you are hurt or not. This is just common sense advice to get you checked out to make sure you’re okay. But it is also very important to have this information in your medical records in case your neck or back starts acting up after a few days, for example. If you later discover that you were indeed injured, and now you need to file a civil suit to compensate you for your injuries, you will have the burden to prove that your injury was a result of the accident and not something that may have happened a few days later. The best way to do this is to see a doctor right away, not later.
It is also important that you follow the medical advice you are given. After you have seen a doctor, be diligent about following the doctor’s instructions and advice. Obviously, this is to keep you from getting yourself even more injured. For instance, if you have hurt your back in a car accident and the doctor tells you that you should not lift more than five pounds, you may want to stop lifting weights for a while. But also, if you fail to follow a doctor’s instruction, you may not be able to be fully compensated for your injury, based on the theory that you are at fault for some part of the injury because you made it worse by not following the doctor’s orders.
If necessary, consider speaking to a lawyer. If you are a regular reader of this blog, you are probably familiar with what constitutes an injury, and you are aware that the civil justice system can help compensate people who have been injured due to someone else’s negligence. If you have been seriously injured because of an accident, you should definitely speak with a lawyer who will fight for you and help you recover the full amount of compensation to which you are due.