With all of the confusion, it can be easy to lose sight of the proper steps to take next. However, if you have been in an accident, then it is essential that you follow these steps to ensure you have a solid case. Here are 7 things you need to do when you’ve been injured in an accident.
Secure the scene. When an injury occurs, the first thing you must do is prevent any further danger while you wait for help. Drag injured persons away from danger, move away from unstable debris, or put out any fires.
Call for assistance. As soon as the area is secure and any visible dangers have been removed, call for help. The sooner help arrives, the better your chances of survival and lessening the severity of long-term effects of your injuries.
Apply first aid. Accidents and injures occur everyday and those who are unprepared to handle them are often the ones who suffer the most. Keep a first-aid kit on you at all times to assist in times of crisis. Begin CPR, put pressure on bleeding wounds, and stabilize broken bones. Stay calm and ensure that all panicked parties remain stable as well.
Record details. Once emergency personnel have arrived and the threat of immediate danger has dissipated, it’s time to record as much information as possible about the situation and the accident. Take pictures, jot down details, and record the time sequence of the accident. No detail is too small and you would be surprised what information will assist law enforcement, paramedics, and doctors.
Get a medical evaluation. Even if you think you were fortunate enough to walk away from an accident, you may be surprised at the invisible, internal injuries you may have suffered. While you may feel fine, a severe injury may present itself within hours or even days.
Be honest. During your medical evaluation, tell the medical staff that your injuries may result in a personal injury lawsuit. Why? Every doctor and nurse should chart as if each case may be presented in a court of law. However, in mentioning the possible action prior to an exam, it will prompt the staff to spend a few extra moments documenting important details and verifying records.
Contact a personal injury attorney. When you’ve been injured in an accident and you’ve taken the necessary steps to protect yourself and the scene, the last step is to contact a personal injury attorney. The attorneys at Steven A. Bagen will provide you with a free consultation to help you decide whether you have a case.