While we may not like to think about it, injuries happen all the time. Whether you sustain an injury from playing sports, or in some other kind of recreational activity, most people have experienced an injury in one way or another. But what happens when you sustain an injury due to someone else’s negligence? These situations may seem to happen less often than sustaining an injury on your own, but they do happen a lot. When they do, it’s important to know what to do and what rights and legal options you have available to you. In this article, we’ll breakdown some of the key steps to take immediately following an injury that is caused by the negligence of another person or party.

Step 1: Seek medical attention immediately

Personal health and safety is always of the utmost importance when dealing with the aftermath of an injury. As such, it’s very important to seek medical attention immediately following an injury. Even if you are involved in a situation where you aren’t certain of the extent of the injury, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and get checked out by a medical professional.

Why This Is Important

Not only does seeking medical attention help you identify exactly what injuries you’ve sustained and allow you to get the treatment you require, it also helps to document the situation. A medical report can be used as evidence in court to support a personal injury claim. If you fail to obtain medical attention right after an injury, and discover that your injuries are worse than you had originally thought a few days, weeks or months after the fact, a defending lawyer may use that delay to discredit part of your claim, if you decide to pursue the matter in court.

Step 2: Document the situation as best as possible

Documenting the situation that led to your injury will benefit you when it comes to building your claim. A medical report is a great place to start, but you should also consider documenting your account of how the situation unfolded, taking pictures of the scene of the incident and of your injuries and recording the contact information for anyone who may have witnessed the situation. You should also report the incident to a person or business in some authority in the circumstances of the incident to ensure there is a record of the incident with those that may be responsible for the incident.

Step 3: Avoid social media

Social media has become a big part of our daily lives, and it can be hard to take a break from it, especially if you want to update friends and family members on how you’re doing. But if you’ve been injured in an incident and are pursuing a personal injury claim, it is very important to be cautious when using social media. What you post on social media has the potential to negatively impact your personal injury claim in court, and the defendant’s lawyer may use what you post to challenge the validity of your claim. As experienced personal injury lawyers, we always recommend that clients steer clear of social media following an injury and throughout the legal process.

Step 4: Contact a personal injury lawyer

If you’ve been injured due to the negligence of someone else, you should contact a professional personal injury lawyer. Even if you aren’t sure about pursuing the matter in court, scheduling a free consultation with an experienced lawyer will help you understand the options that are available to you, and help you determine your next steps. A personal injury lawyer can also take steps early on to notify those responsible for the incident and ensure that video surveillance of the incident, the circumstances of the scene of the incident and witness information is preserved.

Contact Harrison Pensa

At Harrison Pensa, our knowledgeable personal injury lawyers can help walk you through the legal process by assessing your unique situation, providing sound legal advice and helping you build a strong case to get you the compensation you deserve. Set up a free consultation today by calling 1-855-744-9228 or by emailing personalinjurygroup@harrisonpensa.com.

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