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Injured in an Accident? Learn What to Do Before Your Free Consultation with a Personal Injury Attorney in Florida

Closeup on accident information formDealing with an accident can be overwhelming. Where should you go for medical treatment? Can you use your health insurance? If you were injured in an auto accident, where should you take your car for repairs? How can you make sure you receive just compensation for your losses? Here are some tips for protecting your claim for just compensation from a personal injury attorney in Florida:

1. Report the Accident

Regardless of the type of accident in which you were injured, you should report the accident promptly. If you were injured in a vehicle collision, this means calling 911 and initiating a claim with your auto insurance company. If you were injured in a fall or other premises-related accident, this means reporting the accident to the property owner. In any case, stick to the basic facts – where and when the accident occurred – and do not say anything that could be construed as an admission of full or partial fault. If you are not clear on what you should (and shouldn’t) say, you can ask your attorney to report the accident for you.

2. Seek Medical Attention

See a doctor as soon as possible. If you have health insurance, your insurance carrier should cover your medical expenses as usual (at least for now, it may be entitled to reimbursement later on, but this is not an issue with which you need to be concerned). If it is the weekend or your regular doctor does not have any appointments available, then you should go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

3. Explain Your Symptoms Thoroughly

When you see a doctor, be sure to explain your symptoms thoroughly. If you are in pain, where does it hurt? Does your pain worsen with breathing or certain movements? Many types of traumatic injuries will not be readily apparent and can be difficult to diagnose, so it is important that you give your doctor as much information as possible.

4. Keep Records and Take Notes

Keep copies of your medical records, any documents you receive from the insurance companies, and any other records you receive that are related to the accident. Also, take notes on everything you remember about the accident, and try to get in the habit of keeping a daily log of your medical visits, time you miss from work, your pain levels, and the other effects of your injuries.

Keeping Your Evidence and Documents Organized in Your Florida Personal Injury Claim

Dealing with unfamiliar circumstances can feel overwhelming. Whether you are faced with the aftermath of a car accident, you need to seek medical treatment at the hospital, your building or moving into a new home, or you are simply trying to make sure the pharmacy fills your prescriptions correctly, things would be so much easier if only someone was there to tell you what to do.

In some cases, your best option will be to seek legal advice from an experienced Florida injury attorney. If you need help protecting your legal rights, you should absolutely contact us for a free initial consultation. But, if you just need some guidance so that you can get through it on your own, our free downloadable checklists may suffice.

Our Florida personal injury lawyers have prepared these checklists with your needs in mind. They are designed to be comprehensive while also being easy to use, and to be informative without relying on complex with legalese. These checklists reflect decades of legal experience, boiled down and simplified into practical tools that you can use to overcome various life challenges.

5. Focus on Your Recovery

While you may be anxious about returning to work and you may want to resume your normal routine of taking care of your family, right now your recovery needs to be your top priority. Rest, recover, follow your doctor’s advice, and let your attorney deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Contact Us 24/7 for a Free Initial Consultation with a Top Personal Injury Attorney in Florida

For more information about protecting your legal rights after an accident, please contact us to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys. We are available 24/7, so call 855-910-7567 or tell us how to reach you online now.

 

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, PA

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