What to do when an accident occurs

Broward personal injury lawyer

When you are involved in a car accident you should:

  • Immediately notify the police
  • Call an ambulance if you are injured or suspect injuries to another.
  • Obtain insurance information, names, addresses, phone numbers and license plate numbers of the other parties involved in the accident.
  • Obtain the names and phone numbers of all witnesses.
  • Take pictures of all cars.
  • Take pictures of the scene showing the streets, traffic controls, and any debris or skid marks on the street.
  • Do not talk to anyone except the police and medical personal.
  • Do not admit liability, (do not admit fault).
  • Do not talk to the other parties’ insurance company.
  • Report the accident to your own insurance company.
  • SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DOCUMENT AND TREAT YOUR INJURIES

When you have been injured at work or on your job:

  • Seek immediate medical attention.
  • Notify your Employer, Supervisor, Coworker, or person responsible for the work place where you were injured
  • Document your injury in writing and report it to your supervisor as soon as possible. Failure to timely report your injury to your employer, may jeopardize your right to benefits. If you are employed by a work force agency or a subcontractor, give timely written notice of your accident to your direct supervisor and the general contractor or owner of the property.
  • All injuries should be reported even if it seems minor. Sometimes a minor injury can develop into a more serious problem.

When you have been injured at a store or business:

  • Call for assistance
  • Ask the business/store employee to request medical assistance for your injuries.
  • If you are physically able, or are with a companion, ask for management to document your trip/fall and injury.
  • Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses including store employees.
  • If your phone has a camera, take photographs of the cause of your fall.
  • If contacted by an insurance company or claims adjuster, DO NOT give them a statement. Refer them to our office.
  • SEEK MEDICAL TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DOCUMENT AND TREAT YOUR INJURIES

Always document your injuries with a health care provider as soon as possible. All health care providers document the “History” of your injury. Many a case has been devalued due to the failure of the patient to give a clear and concise description of their accident to the health care provider. Any confusion in your medical history will be used to contradict your explanation of your accident at a later date, so please be careful in what you say so as not to cause confusion. In addition make sure the doctor is clear on all parts of your body that are injured or in discomfort. Leaving out a minor complaint that later turns into a serious injury, can effect the valuation of your claim.