Some things to do when personal injury occurs include:
Not observing these precautions may lead to adverse health effects and risk your right to claim compensation.
These Actions Can Help Protect You and Your Personal Injury Case
It is recommended that you complete these tasks when a personal injury occurs:
Report the Incident
After a personal injury, the first step you should take is to report the case to the proper authorities. For example, if you are an employee in a warehouse, contact your supervisor. Explain how the issue occurred and ensure witnesses also issue their statements.
If the personal injury was due to a car accident, contact 911 immediately and provide various details about the crash. Such information may include the location, time, any landmarks in the area, vehicles involved, nature of injuries sustained, and if there are any fatalities.
Reporting a personal injury is a vital step that will safeguard your right to seek compensation. What’s more, the accident or incident report will serve as evidence when you file your case.
Get Medical Attention
Once you notify the proper authorities, it is advisable to get prompt medical attention. Contact emergency care or visit the nearest facility. The doctor should conduct a full physical exam and begin your treatment.
When receiving medical care, request all related receipts, including consultation fees, the ambulance ride bill, and medication costs. Your doctor may have also ordered you to undergo imaging scans and blood tests. Make sure you collect these exam results and add them to your case file.
The sooner you see a doctor, the better – not only for your health but also for your case. This visit will show the insurance companies that the incident was a direct cause of your injuries. As a result, they may have a more difficult time claiming that your injuries weren’t serious or your fault.
Considering Retaining a Personal Injury Lawyer’s Services
After you report what happened and get medical attention, you may want to consider hiring a personal injury lawyer. While you focus on getting better, they can manage all aspects of your case, such as:
- Gathering and analyzing evidence (e.g., the incident report, medical documentation, photographs, security surveillance or traffic camera footage, witness testimony, etc.)
- Establishing who is liable for your injuries and damages
- Entering into settlement talks on your behalf while safeguarding your right to recover damages from the liable party
- Keeping track of emails, phone calls, and other messages between you and the other parties
- Litigating your case before a jury if they cannot agree on a settlement figure with the other party’s insurance company
It’s common for personal injury law firms to offer their help on a contingency-fee basis. That is, they will not ask for any payment by the hour, up front, or out of pocket. Should they receive compensation for you, they will be paid. Otherwise, they won’t ask for anything.
Damages You Can Claim After a Personal Injury Occurs
A personal injury can lead to a broad range of damage. For example, it may cause you to stop working for a particular period, leading to income losses. You can also lose career opportunities and incur medical expenses.
Before filing a compensation claim, a personal injury lawyer can evaluate your damages to help ensure you obtain fair compensation. Some of the things you can claim reimbursement for are:
- Past and future medical care bills
- Past lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Property damage expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Other out-of-post expenses
- Mental anguish
- Scarring and disfigurement
Sometimes, personal injury victims may lose their lives. In that case, you could recover wrongful death damages. You and your family may qualify for funeral expenses, end-of-life medical bills, loss of consortium, and loss of inheritance.
Make Sure You File Your Personal Injury Case Soon
To recover damages from the liable party, you must comply with Illinois’ statute of limitations, otherwise known as the filing deadline. In most cases, you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit, per 735 ILCS 5/13-202. If you want to file a wrongful death lawsuit, 740 ILCS 180/2 also allows two years to take legal action.
The court may refuse to listen to your case if you try to file past the deadline. However, if you get a lawyer involved in your case early enough, they can help you comply with the time limit.
Contact The Kryder Law Group, LLC for Help With Your Personal Injury Case
Determining things to do when personal injury occurs can be tricky without legal guidance.
At The Kryder Law Group, LLC, we have a team of personal injury attorneys who can help you determine the proper steps to follow. With their guidance, they can assist you with gathering sufficient evidence and assessing each of your losses. Reach out to The Kryder Law Group, LLC now at (312) 223-1700 for a free case evaluation. Our lawyers will serve you on a contingency-fee basis.