What To Do After An Accident

You and your family may feel overwhelmed after you have been injured in a car, truck, slip-and-fall or workplace accident. This is natural. What is not natural for most people is an understanding of what to do next. Thankfully, a serious accident is rare in most people's lives. A personal injury lawyer who advocates for injured people regularly is a valuable source of information and help.

Free advice begins now, with this Web page. Contact The Germeroth Law Firm, LLC, in St. Louis, Missouri, for personalized guidance about what you should do if you have been injured in an accident. Here are five valuable tips that will serve you well.

First: Get prompt medical care for anyone who is injured. This should be everyone's first priority at the scene of the accident and in the immediate aftermath. Perhaps your neck hurts after a car crash, but you don't think you need an ambulance to take you to an emergency room. First responders can help you decide what to do, but however you get there, do find a doctor who can evaluate your injuries as soon as possible.

This is important for several reasons, including:

  • If injuries are life-threatening or time-sensitive, you may hurt your chances of physical recovery if you neglect to get a medical examination and treatment soon after the injury.
  • When your claim for compensation reaches settlement negotiations or a courtroom trial, opponents may say you did not do all you could to help yourself. This can hurt the overall outcome of your case.

Second: Save whatever evidence you can from the scene of the accident: photos, names and phone numbers of eyewitnesses, information about where the car has been towed and a description of what happened to the best of your recollection. Write it all down or make an audio recording of your recollections before your memory becomes less sharp.

Third: Limit your communications. Share only the right information with the right people.

  • Do not engage in long dialogues with investigators from your insurance company, the police or another party's insurer. Statements you make before getting legal advice could hurt your case.
  • Do not share details about your accident or injuries on social media such as Facebook or CaringBridge. Your family and friends will naturally be concerned, but their focus should be solely on offering practical and emotional support to the injured person — not digging into the details of what happened. Information that you post on social media can hurt your case.
  • Do keep records of conversations with doctors and other medical care professionals, as well as all documentation.
  • Do talk to a lawyer as soon as possible. Do keep lines of communication open within your immediate family so no one feels the need to share much information outside the family.
  • Do take advantage of advice and help from other professionals such as social workers and therapists. Their services may be available through the hospital where the injured person receives treatment.

Fourth: Give your best efforts to medical recovery as well as legal matters. Follow doctors' advice whenever possible. Work closely with your attorney to develop a strategy and do your part to put it into action.

Fifth: Stay as informed as you can about your case. This will help you be ready to make good decisions in your case. When you must decide whether to accept a settlement offer or take your case to trial, you should understand your case well enough to make choices in your best interest.

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