Updated February 20, 2020
After an injury, you may be confused and in pain. You may also be scared. It’s easy to panic.
Unfortunately, the actions you take directly after an accident can affect a future personal injury lawsuit. It’s important to be prepared so that, in the event of an injury, you know what to do.
If you have been injured, try to stay calm and follow these steps to help you prepare for a personal injury case.
The first thing you should do after being injured? Seek medical attention.
Go to the emergency room, your general physician, or a healthcare clinic as soon as possible—and if necessary, of course, call an ambulance at the scene of the accident. Any delay in going to the hospital could have repercussions on your health or legal case. Most insurance companies consider getting medical attention within 72 hours after the injury to be a reasonable time frame.
As you speak with your doctor, mention all issues and pain, even if you think they are minor. On the other hand, however, do not embellish or exaggerate. Just be honest with your doctor and follow their orders.
The only people you should discuss your case with are your doctor and your attorney. Whenever you talk about your case—whether to an insurance agent or opposing attorney—your attorney should be present.
Additionally, be careful when telling your friends and co-workers about your injury. Pay attention to what you say, and don’t give away details.
In a personal injury case, you and your attorney must prove that you were injured due to someone else’s negligence. To do so, you must provide evidence and documentation.
Collect records and documents of everything pertaining to your case: medical records, police reports, witness contact information, photographs, etc. You should also write a document detailing what happened before, during, and after the accident in your own words to help you recall the events later.
Keep all evidence and documentation until after your case is completely closed.
In Indiana, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases is two years. This time frame means that you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. Some exceptions to this limit apply.
After you have received medical attention, you should find and retain an experienced personal injury attorney. You need someone who has your best interests in mind to help you build your lawsuit.
Think about it this way: Insurance companies and other defendants will have legal counsel. You should, too.
If you or a loved one have been injured due to someone else’s negligence and are considering pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, contact an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer from Wilson Kehoe Winingham. The lawyers at WKW can help you get the compensation you deserve and will be with you every step of the way.
Call 317.920.6400 or fill out an online contact form for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
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