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First Steps After Being Hurt In An Accident

If you have been hurt in a car crash or any other type of accident, the steps you take now can make a huge impact on the outcome of your personal injury claim. Here are some of the things to keep in mind after being injured because of someone else’s negligence.

Prioritize Medical Care

After your accident, you may have gone to the emergency room or received some form of medical care. Your treatment cannot end there. You must go to all follow-up appointments. If you were prescribed physical therapy, do not skip sessions. All too often, people skip or delay their follow-up care, sometimes because they are concerned about paying the medical bills. However, this can be used against you if you file a personal injury claim. The insurance company may try to use it as proof that you were not seriously injured.

Preserve Everything You Can

Evidence fades quickly after an accident. Take care to preserve as much as you can. If possible, get pictures of the damage to your vehicle before it is repaired, if you were in a car accident. Take photos of your injuries before they heal. Make notes of things like witnesses to the accidents. You may even want to keep a journal and record your memories of how the accident happened and what you have gone through because of it. This evidence can play a critical role in building your personal injury case.

Be Careful Whom You Talk To

You do not have to talk to the insurance company. In fact, you may want to avoid discussing your case with an insurance adjuster before consulting with an attorney. The adjuster will make note of anything you say that could be used against you or that could diminish the value of your claim. You may even want to use caution when discussing your case with family members, friends and co-workers. Try also to avoid posting details or pictures on Facebook or any other social media. Insurance companies have a history of going to great lengths to find little details that can be used to devalue personal injury claims.

Consult With A Lawyer For Free

At Palazzo Law Firm, we have more than 20 years of experience getting compensation for victims of negligence. We start every case with a free consultation, so there is no risk to you. Furthermore, we handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so you do not need to pay unless we get you compensation. From our law office in Gretna, Louisiana, we represent people in the New Orleans metropolitan area, and throughout the Gulf South region. Call 504-433-1442 or email us.

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