Injuries incurred in auto accidents, whether mild or serious, should not be taken lightly. Proper compensation should be received from the party responsible for the incident. The following steps should be taken upon occurrence of the accident, to facilitate legal claims:
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In the cases that the injured is still mobile, he or she should be transferred to a more secure place. The vehicle owner should also deploy every safety precaution, such as turning on hazards and setting up cones or flares to signal an incidence.
911 operators are trained to provide safety and first aid instructions for any potential injury. Additionally, the police should be called to make an official record of the accident.
Companions, or the injured himself, should gather every necessary information by politely exchanging information with the driver, talking to witnesses and gathering their contact data, and taking pictures of the incident.
Document medical needs
A detailed account of treatments, medications, and hospital records resulting from the accident should be kept for reference of the insurance company and personal injury lawyer. Even the extent of the pain and suffering, as well as lost wages and the injury’s impact on daily activities, should be noted.
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Be wary of settlement firms
Claims should not be settled, especially early on, in anticipation of the highest level of discomfort that might set in a number of days or weeks after the incurrence of the injury.