You should take a number of important actions as soon as possible after you are injured in a car accident. It is a good idea to promptly consult with a Vancouver car accident attorney to make other recommendations specific to your case. Here are a few tips to help you and your case.
Take good care of yourself and follow the advice of your doctors. In order to recover damages in a personal injury matter, you are required to mitigate your damages. In general terms, this means you have a duty to try to recover from your injury. To that end, be sure to keep all appointments with your doctors and follow all of their recommendations for medication, treatment, physical therapy, testing, x-rays and the like. If you cannot keep an appointment be sure to call in advance and let them know. Also, it is best if you follow your doctors’ advice regarding work and recreational activities, and any limits that your doctor suggests regarding these actions.
Take photos. Take photos of your injury and keep taking them throughout the healing process. For instance, bruises tend to show up later. Take photos of the scene of the accident or injury. Take photos of anything that you think could help document what happened or be relevant to your case. Do yourself and your attorney a favor and take quality photos. Low-resolution photos do not enlarge very well. Quality photos are especially important in the event that your case goes before a jury.
Don’t talk to insurance adjusters until after you consult with an attorney. Keep in mind that an insurance company has the goal of settling your case before you actually talk to an attorney. An insurance adjuster does not want you to learn that your case may be worth more money to you than what the adjuster is offering. Your [City] car accident attorney can offer you advice regarding how to deal with a claims adjuster in your particular matter.
Keep a journal. It is amazing how many little details the average person forgets shortly after an accident occurs. Write down what happened in as much detail as possible, as soon as possible. These notes may even be useful as admissible evidence later in court.
Contact Witnesses. People that witnessed your injury or have relevant information about the car accident are key to the success of your case. It is important to identify witnesses, obtain their contact information, and make contact with them as soon as possible after the injury. Your [City] car accident attorney will be able to offer you suggestions as to potential witnesses and how to approach them.
Keep track of all your expenses. Keep all of your receipts for anything you purchase or expenses you incur in relation to your auto accident and the resulting injury. You are more likely to recover expenses that are documented.
Your failure to do any of the above actions may work against you in settlement negotiations or if your case goes to trial.
Consult the Vancouver car accident attorneys at Etengoff Pak Law Group for a free consultation regarding your injury incident.